SERVING SIZE: 1/2 clove
SPECIES: Allium sativum
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
For cleansing properties, raw garlic is more potent than cooked, especially the green shoots in the center of the garlic clove. In western medicine, garlic is used to prevent high blood pressure, perhaps because it is a blood thinner and stimulant, dilates blood vessels (vasodilator), increases sweat (diaphoretic), and increases urine (diuretic). These circulatory properties may also underlie garlic's secret in preventing heart disease, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol.
Garlic is a warming stimulant used as an aphrodisiac. However, it also causes bad breath and smelly sweat due to a compound called allyl methyl sulfide. Cooking garlic with milk reduces bad breath and offensive sweat. Mushrooms and basil may also reduce the odor.
The laxative and circulatory qualities of garlic are useful in cleansing regimens. It is also an expectorant. Its antifungal and antibiotic properties have been used to speed recovery from strep throat. Garlic mixed with honey has been used for rheumatism.
Garlic is considered to stimulate and warm the body and to increase one's desires. For this reason, monks in India avoid garlic.
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Raw garlic has a sharp pungent flavor. Cooked garlic is mellower. Fresh green garlic is less intense than dried older garlic.
The pungent, spicy flavor and distinct aroma of garlic is a fundamental component of culinary repertoire in nearly every continent. In the west, garlic is used in garlic bread, pasta dishes, and oil infusions, and often paired with onion, tomato, butter, and parsley. It may be roasted in an oven with olive oil.
Ajoblanco, from Spain, is a combination of bread, crushed almonds, garlic, water, olive oil, salt and sometimes vinegar. The thick, Greek sauce known as Skordalia combines crushed garlic with a pure of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or stale bread that has been soaked. This mixture is then beaten with olive oil to make a smooth emulsion. Aioli is a sauce made of garlic and olive oil.
In East Asia, garlic is often combined with ginger and onion to form "tri-root." In Korea, heads of garlic are fermented at high temperature, making a sweet, syrupy product known as black garlic.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Garlic Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
ANTIEMETICHerbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTIFUNGALHerbs that destroy fungus.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
ANTIVIRALHerbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
Lung and Sinus:
IRRITATES-THROATCreates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Makes you tired,
MAKES-YOU-TIREDInduces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Garlic'Do you like 'garlic'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'garlic'?
Is cooked garlic more suitable for Pitta people? Thank you.
How about green garlic?? I see lot of green garlic in market .. Not sure if ayurvedacally it's ok to consume fresh green garlic?
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
BonesAches & Pains - General, Fibromyalgia, Joint pain after eating, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tight muscles
DietAnorexia, past or current
Blood and CirculationCandida / Yeast Infection / Thrush, Chronic Fungus infection, Chronic Infection, Cramping back of leg, Diabetes (Adult Onset), Feet or Ankles Swelling, Fever (current), Gall Bladder Inflammation, Headache, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Staph infection, Stroke (from clot), Swollen lymph nodes, White tongue coating
SkinCellulite, Nail / Toe Fungus
Reproductive HealthClots in menstrual blood, Insufficient Breast Milk, Low libido
Respiratory HealthEar pain/infection, Laryngitis, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Pressure / popping ears, Ringing ears, Runny nose, Sinus Infection, Sinus pain around eyes, Sinus pain in cheeks, Sinus pain in forehead
Mind Stress SleepEpilepsy, Forgetful / spacey / distracted, Light sleeper, Migraines, Waking up middle of night
PoopSausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Stool formed, but porous & airy
Weight LossStomach fat
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.