GARLICHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Garlic: Broccoli with Garlic & Black Olive
People may naturally crave garlic in autumn for relaxation and transition to a more inward-focused winter hibernation. Cooked garlic is a useful sleep aid in garlic milk. It is also an aphrodisiac and awakens desire. Raw garlic is pungent, cleansing, has a laxative action, and may cause gas in some individuals.
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.
Regarded as both a force for good and evil, folklore and superstition abound when it comes to this little but poignant member of the onion family. A garland of garlic kept evil spirits and vampires away in the west. In an eastern Islamic myth, garlic arose from the left foot of Satan as he stepped out from the Garden of Eden. Whether you love or abhor it, few are ambivalent about garlic, or "stinking rose" as it is sometimes called. The entire plant is edible.
Buying & Preparation
Garlic cloves should be firm to the touch. Reject garlic that is soft or moldy. To peel, smash the garlic beneath the flat side of knife. The skin will crack open. With proper chopping techniques (knife to thumb knuckle) you can quickly prepare cloves and cloves of garlic!
Recipes with Garlic: Velvet Beet Puree with Chopped Yam
Cooking GarlicKeep careful watch when cooking garlic; it burns quickly. Straining and using garlic oil gives a rich garlicky taste without the side effects of bad breath afterwards.
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.Browse Recipes
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/2 clove
SPECIES: Allium sativum
Biocharacteristics of Garlic
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Garlic
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
An 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.
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Stimulant 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. Aka irritant laxativ
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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Sedative 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.
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Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
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Fibrosis of an organ is often a progressive leading to organ failure (i.e lungs, liver, kidney). While vulneraries usually help restore collagen, antifibrotic herbs often clear collagen. Aka fibrinolytic.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An 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.
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Herbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.
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Reduces inflammation and allergen reactivity by restoring epithelial barrier function. Repairs tight cell junction in leaky gut, interstitial cystitis, eczema, asthma, etc.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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A 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.
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Herbs 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.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
SEE ALL 'APHRODISIAC' FOODS / HERBS
Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Garlic
Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Repairs-membrane, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Blood-thinner, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Stimulant-laxative, Vulnerary, Antifibrotic, Antiviral, Calcium-channel-blocker, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Stomachic, Antifungal, Aphrodisiac, Detoxicant
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Antiemetic, Antimicrobial, Aphrodisiac, Expectorant, Antifibrotic, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Calcium-channel-blocker, Vasodilator, Antifibrotic, Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Vulnerary, Antifungal, Blood-thinner, Detoxicant, Alterative
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Antiemetic, Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Hypotensive, Antifungal, Calcium-channel-blocker, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Detoxicant, Galactagogue
Dill has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Stomachic, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Vasodilator
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Cholagogue, Stimulant-laxative, Antimicrobial, Detoxicant, Vulnerary, Alterative, Blood-thinner, General-laxative
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera Juice has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Cholagogue, Stimulant-laxative, Antimicrobial, Detoxicant, Vulnerary, Alterative, Blood-thinner, General-laxative
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Sedative, Blood-thinner, Diuretic, Stomachic, Anxiolytic, Detoxicant, Galactagogue
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Antiemetic, Calcium-channel-blocker, Hypotensive, Antifibrotic, Detoxicant, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Galactagogue
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stomachic, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Vulnerary
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Garlic
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Alterative, Diuretic, Antifungal, Stomachic, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Vulnerary, Blood-thinner
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Antifungal, Sedative, Antimicrobial, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Anxiolytic
Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Vulnerary, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Hypotensive, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antiviral
Ginkgo has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Hypotensive, Vasodilator, Alterative, Antifibrotic, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Blood-thinner
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Vulnerary, Alterative, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Cholagogue, Detoxicant
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Vulnerary, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Expectorant
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Calcium-channel-blocker, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Hypotensive, Stomachic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Blood-thinner
Motherwort has these Actions in Common
Vulnerary, Alterative, Antifibrotic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Hypotensive
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Vulnerary, Alterative, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Sedative
Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Sedative, Alterative, Antispasmodic
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Garlic may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
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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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Is cooked garlic more suitable for Pitta people? Thank you.
- Lana Radkin, Toronto, ON 05-05-12
How about green garlic??
I see lot of green garlic in market .. Not sure if ayurvedacally it's ok to consume fresh green garlic?
- deepak, Seattle, WA 06-02-12