Why Use a Garlic Press?
Why is this so awesome? I’m glad you asked.
First, you don’t have to actually eat or swallow garlic to get the awesome powerful benefits of its natural anti-microbial compound, allicin. If you don’t believe that this stuff is potent, check out all of the research on using allicin. You’ll see that it’s featured on research on staph infections *including* MRSA, a bacteria that’s resistant to our most potent antibiotic prescriptions. And it’s also shown to be effective in inhibiting strep bacteria, candida albicans, parasites, and e coli as well.
The other reason that a garlic press is awesome is that it’s super quick to make and apply.
But wait…you’ve heard about other ways of using garlic. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I ‘ve heard them all too. Let me tell you why you want to do this and not that.
How NOT to Use Garlic
Many of the garlic remedies out there rely on either eating garlic or making a paste. The problem with these approaches is that two things deactivate allicin’s potency: heat and time. So a garlic paste you made a few hours ago is not going to be as potent as a fresh clove.
The other problem is that I’ve got 2 friends who have *just this winter* had to have serious medical intervention from swallowing a clove of garlic. Turns out a clove of garlic is pretty much the exact same shape as the esophagus an it makes a mighty fine airhole plug. So unless you want to forget the unpleasantries of a cold with some Heimlich or a trip to the ER, I do not recommend swallowing a whole or half clove of garlic.
And even if you do get fresh garlic into your stomach…your hot, acidic stomach is not going to be the best way to get that good allicin into your bloodstream. More than likely, your stomach will just break it down, which is what a hot, acidic stomach is designed to do. Don’t get me wrong…I’m a big fan of fresh garlic in foods. But there are just better ways to get it into your bloodstream. FAST. And that’s what you want if you’re battling bugs.
How to Make a Garlic Press
Enter the garlic press. It’s the easy button of treating what ails you with garlic.
Here’s a step by step photo tutorial on how to make your own.
1. Take a piece of cloth or paper towel, and add a few drops of any type of oil (I like olive oil as it’s on hand in my kitchen)
2. Slice several cloves of garlic in half.
4. Wrap ends over the garlic.
5. Press oil side against the skin to apply the press.
When and How to Use a Garlic Press
If we’re sharing germs, I will make one garlic press and pass it from one person to the next. Each person applies it only for a minute or so. I like to apply it on the neck or throat area, as that gives you good access to the lymph nodes and several major blood vessels to pull in all of the remedy goodness. Or you can apply it closest to the area that you’re experiencing trouble with.
If you hate the smell, cover the press with a scarf or cloth and wipe the skin well with a warm rag after you’re done applying.
When NOT to Use Garlic
If you’re allergic to garlic or onions, or have issues with sulfur, this is *not* the home remedy for you. If you or your child’s skin burns or is painful when exposed to garlic or onions, this is not the right remedy for you.
If you’re not certain about how a person may respond to a garlic press, err on the side of caution. For those with sensitive skin, or for very young child try the press on the bottom of the foot for a few seconds at a time, closely monitoring their response.
If you or your child have just slight discomfort with the garlic press, try moving it around to a different spot every few seconds or when it gets uncomfortable.
That’s it! My super-duper-easy go to remedy is the garlic press.
Have you tried it? Have you had success treating with garlic?