Swallowing garlic

garlic-5  Swallowing garlic sounds weird. It’s okay, I used to think the same. This is also because most people aren’t aware of garlic being a medicinal herb. Heck, even the Egyptians and Greeks were very fond of garlic. Once I gave it a try, I watched the benefits work within minutes. I finally decided to tell other people all about it. I’ll be honest, this is my first year skipping the flu during the winter season. I think I discovered the secret!

Garlic is often known as a cooking herb, and it is mostly ignored for also being a medicinal herb. Here’s a secret, sometimes garlic works better than antibiotics. Who would have known? Garlic can help keep both the immune system and the heart pretty content. Not only that, but researchers discovered garlic was used by the Egyptians and Greeks. For what? Well, some of them used them to stay strong in labor jobs, others used it for olympics. The truth is, they were right that garlic would help them be healthier, just not stronger.

My mother once explained to me how swallowing garlic could help my immune system. Plus, the benefits were endless. I finally decided to try it out last month. Within the first day, I felt more alert and healthier. I’ve also managed to escape the horrible flu this season, so far. About three weeks ago, my boyfriend had the beginning symptoms of the oncoming flu. You know, sore throat, migraines, runny nose. I had him swallow garlic for 3 days straight on top of detoxing. That means no sugar for a couple of days. It was completely gone within 2 days. He’s still flu-free and always tells me how much garlic makes a difference with his day.

Where can I find it?: Finding garlic is actually very easy. The problem is picking the right garlic head/bulb. Always ask someone that works at a grocery store if you don’t know how to tell if a fruit/vegetable is fresh instead of guessing. Guessing leads to money being wasted.


  • Garlic clove (1-2)

How to use: So, there are two different ways on how to swallow garlic. One, grab a clove or two from a garlic head, peel it, chop it into tiny little pieces, then chase it with water. Yes, you can chase it with orange juice if you want to disguise the taste. Two, grab a clove or two from a garlic head, peel it, put it into a bowl, add a tiny bit of water until it turns into a paste. Then, add lemon or lime with honey and quickly swallow it.

Tips: Garlic pills are ideal, except they take a bit more time to work. That’s not very ideal when you need immediate help on fighting the flu. Take 2 days to watch the difference. One day take a garlic pill, the next just the chopped garlic clove. Fresh chopped garlic gives a much bigger boost to work immediately. The fresher the food, the faster it works with your body. Swallowing garlic might be a bit weird at first because it has a bit of spice when chopped. What I like to do to not taste the spiciness of the garlic, I take a sip of water, then put the garlic in my mouth, and finally swallow it all. It goes down way easier like that.


Click on highlighted words to learn more about them and their benefits.

Benefits:

Garlic has a ton of vitamins, is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

Other benefits to swallowing garlic include better skin, less acne, and healthier hair.

Garlic is also used for women who suffer from yeast infections.

Others use it to help treat or better their hyperthyroidism.

People also use garlic to prevent most types of cancer.

Garlic is basically amazing for a healthy heart.

 


Warnings:

  • If pregnant, it’s best to stick to just cooking with garlic.
  • For children, it’s best to ask a doctor how much is appropriate.
  • Garlic should be avoided if you have low blood pressure
  • People should also avoid this method after surgery for 2 weeks, bleeding disorders, and digestion problems(irritable or gassy).

Yummy detox & infused water

Photographed by Madison Jones

 

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Photographed by Madison Jones Cucumbers, mint, lemon, and lime

Here’s the thing, there’s a good chance most people already have an idea of what I’m about to talk about. This is true if anyone has ever owned a Pinterest or a Tumblr. It is likely, for anyone with an Instagram to  have seen someone else post an aesthetic picture of their herb and fruit infused water. Cool. I am now giving you the opportunity to become that person if you want to. Do whatever pleases you, it’s your life, you know? This post is for people who want to detox, look good, and/or don’t really like drinking plain water. Since drinking water is important, might as well make it enjoyable to drink throughout the day, right? Not all herb and fruit infused drinks work as strong as the others when it comes to detoxing. The way I see it is, some are more for detox, the others are to keep you looking goooood. Heyyyy.

Here’s the thing, water is fucking good for you. Water really helps people flush out toxins. You know, the stuff that makes you feel uneasy(not healthy). Other benefits from drinking infused water include helping people maintain a positive mood, help the body to destroy fat, and aids the digestive system. If it makes any of you non-water drinkers feel better, there’s plenty of you who need a support group for drinking water. There is actual science behind the reason as to why your body needs water. Don’t forget the fact that the human body is basically made up of like… I don’t know… like 65% of water. Enough water in the system also equals better skin and less acne. So, if you don’t like plain water, add things that will make it much enjoyable to drink. Problem solved.

Once I began detoxing, I got so bored with my food and drinks, all I could think about was quitting. Sure enough, I talked to my holistic doctor and did my own research on the side. Eventually, I actually started enjoying my detox. Not only that, I saw the improvement it made on my skin and overall health. Plus, it was so refreshing that I could enjoy drinking water on top of cleaning my system.

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Photographed by Madison Jones Strawberries, cucumbers, mint, lemon, and lime

Tips on buying: So, herbs and fruits, let’s talk about them. Below I typed a list, but please keep reading before looking at that list. Only use fruits that are in season. Why? This is because fruits that are out of season tend to be pricier. But, the most important part, out of season usually means it’s not organic. Organic is best. Trust me! Ever tried small organic strawberries vs big booty fake ass Kim Kardashian strawberries? Um, no thanks. Close your eyes and really listen to you taste buds. They deserve the best of the best in this ugly world. Treat them with respect and they’ll show you how to fall in love with the right food. If you don’t believe me, I double dare you to go out and try it.


Below is a list of detox waters. Next to them I put why people use them the most for, but can be used even if that’s not the purpose. Basically, the strongest detox drinks are anything that have cucumbers, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or apple involved. 

List of detox infused water drinks:

  • Lime + Lemon + Mint + Cucumbers (Candida/Yeast Infections)
  • Strawberries + Mint + Lime + Lemon + Cucumbers (Stress control)
  • Watermelon + Mint (Cleans digestive system)
  • Grapefruit + Rosemary (Candida/Yeast Infections)
  • Grapefruit + Lime + Lemon + Mint + Cucumber (Body cleanse)
  • Strawberries + Lemon + Apple +Mint + Cinnamon sticks (Craving control)
  • Pears + Grapefruit + Cucumbers + Mint + Lime + Lemon + Cranberry (Body cleanse)
  • Lavender + Apple (Cleans digestive system/Relaxes)
  • Apple + Cinnamon Sticks + Dash of Ginger (Craving control/Cleans digestive system)

List of fruits & herbs infused water drinks:

  • Kiwi + Blueberry + Mint
  • Blood orange + Mint
  • Orange + Cucumber + Mint
  • Blackberry + Sage
  • Blueberry + Lavender + Mint
  • Mango + Berries + Lemon
  • Blueberry + Lime + Cilantro
  • Raspberry + Rose Petals
  • Pineapple + Mint + Ginger
  • Grape + Lemon + Parsley
  • Orange + Cinnamon + Ginger
  • Peach + Sage
  • Honeydew + Basil
  • Peach + Chamomile
  • Peach + Lavender
  • Ginger + Pear + Cinnamon + Vanilla bean
  • Cucumber + Strawberry + Thyme

Here’s another website with more recipes: Click here.


How to use: So, here’s what’s so cool about these instructions. There are none! Use as much of anything or use less of this and that. The more there is of anything specific, the more flavor. Subtracting and adding is totally up to you. But, when it comes to lemon, lime, grapefruit or anything on the acidic side I always use less. It all really depends on how much you are making. I prefer using mason jars to brew, then transfer it to whatever if I’m on the go. It’s really easy to prepare, just grab fruits and herbs of choice, put them inside the container, use filtered water, and stick it in the refrigerator overnight.

Tips: I’ll tell you a secret, there’s like a million different combinations of fruits and herbs infused detox drinks out there. Never be afraid to experiment on your own as long as you know there’s a balance of tastes going on. Any fruit that can be thought of can be used. There is no fail, but if the water is too acidic for you, just add more water. Before I put my infused water in the refrigerator, I like to leave it out in a sunny area for 2-3 hours so the sun can naturally brew it. After that, I just stick it in the refrigerator from about 4 hours to overnight. So refreshing to drink when it’s cold. Yes, you can add honey as a sweetener, but only to the non-detox drinks. Some people like to use coconut water or sparkling water. As for using lavender or similar messy ingredients, just use a coffee filter and yarn to wrap it up inside.

For sparkling water: Sparkling water is a bit tricky because the sparkling water only last for at least a day. So, there are two ways to doing this. One, put the fruits and herbs to brew for 3 hours. Bam, it’s ready. Or two, put the fruits and herbs in the container, add a little bit of water. Then brew. After the water has brewed overnight, add as much sparkling water as you want the next day. This way the water soaks up all of the nutrients from the fruits and herbs.

Turmeric face mask

Turmeric face mask

A face mask most people aren’t aware of is the turmeric face mask. Turmeric is a well-known spice used in the Middle Eastern and Southeast Asia usually well-known for its flavor and fantastic health benefits. The mask is very easy to make; however, it can get messy. Yes, you will look like a Simpsons character, but only for 10-15 minutes. Yes, it might stain your clothes if you aren’t careful. So, wear clothes you don’t really care about when you want to use this mask. Things will go much better if you buy a make-up brush because the turmeric will stain your hands.

Turmeric is a spice used in the Middle Eastern and Southeast Asia that looks similar to the ginger root. This is because it’s actually the cousin of the ginger, aka fam or family. People use it for either adding flavor to food or helping other people achieve better looking skin. Anyone suffering from acne, eczema, and other skin conditions should really consider this mask. People even use it for skin rejuvenation, since it gives instant skin glow, removes dead skin cells, and removes dark spots. Turmeric is also known to treat depression, which I explained in my last post. One more thing, turmeric is also known for working as a hair remover and yes, I will talk about that later.

When I began using this mask, I was a bit hesitant. But, the next day when I woke up, my skin felt better. Even better, after two weeks of using this mask, I saw an overall satisfactory improvement in my skin. Also, being a hispanic woman usually means, peach fuzz. Ew. Even the extra peach fuzz hair I disliked began disappearing. I totes love it!

Where can I find it?: Easy. Winco. You know, in the bulk foods department where you can find spices near the grains and candy. Any store that sells spices from India should supply it, but make sure to ask if it’s edible as well. Some people sell cheap turmeric used for dyeing, and that usually stains the face even more.  Another place to look into is Amazon. (Oh my gosh, delivered to your door. Yay.)


  • Turmeric powder
  • Water or Yogurt or Milk
  • Honey (optional)
  • Sandalwood (optional for acne)
  • Coconut oil (oily skin)
  • Sesame oil (skin inflammation)

How to use: I like to use a small plastic cup. Any small bowl will work just fine as long as it’s dark-colored. I usually pour about 2 teaspoons of turmeric into bowl and mix it with warm water until it turns into a paste. Instead of using my hands, I use a foundation brush. Sometimes, I use yogurt instead of water. Honey is also a great combination to add for better looking skin. For people with bad acne, sandalwood should be added. People with oily skin can add coconut oil. Anyone suffering from skin problems like eczema or any inflammation should add sesame oil.

Tips: A fair warning, avoid the eyebrows. So, the eyebrows and hairline should be avoided or else you’ll end up with less eyebrow hair. Boo. I usually get a cheap foundation brush to do the trick. If you have very sensitive skin, just go to target or something for a foundation brush. Heck, even a paint brush will work. The timing for this mask is anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Yes, it will stain your face… that’s if you don’t wash it right. I usually use any make-up remover products or a bit of baking soda with warm water. A facial toner will also do the job.


Click on highlighted words to learn more about them and their benefits.

Benefits:

Turmeric works as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.

Sandalwood works as a natural anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizer, oily face reducer, and heals-and reduces scars.

Sesame oil works as a natural anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant.

Coconut oil works as a natural anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, anti-microbial.

Honey  works as a natural anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

Yoghurt works as a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and skin rejuvenation.

Milk works as for natural skin rehydration and rejuvenation.


Warnings:

  • It is recommended to do a patch test on skin before applying on the entire face, since some people have extra sensitive skin.
  • Wear ugly clothes that will never be seen outside the house because turmeric stains.
  • Make-up remover products, a facial toner, or a bit of baking soda with warm water will work on removing the yellow-ness after washing face.
  • Turmeric is known for working as a hair remover, so avoid eyebrows.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, just go to target or something for a sensitve skin foundation brush.