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Garlic Milk

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How to Make Garlic Milk

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES

MEAL: DRINK
STYLE: AYURVEDIC
PREPARATION: BOILED

INGREDIENTS

1 clove
1 c

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Crush or mince garlic and add to milk. Heat the milk until boiling. Remove from heat and let sit until warm enough to drink. Serve warm before bed.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Take before bedtime to induce sleep. Garlic is heavy and tamasic. Generally, Ayurveda says not to eat or drink heave meals before bed. However, a small glass of milk is often helpful for Vata and Pitta constitutions. Kapha beware!

WHAT IS GARLIC MILK?

Experiment with this creamy, delicious aphrodisiac and sedative drink before bedtime. Also a warming sauce for creamy dinner dishes. Discovered while listening to a lecture by Dr. Vasant Lad, famous Ayurvedic Physician, in Pune, India.

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. See How it Works.

Is Garlic Milk Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Garlic Milk' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Garlic Milk
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

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 Laxative

STIMULANT-LAXATIVE

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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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Sedative

SEDATIVE

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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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Soothing

SOOTHING

Calms and alleviates irritation, discomfort or pain in a particular region.

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Demulcent

DEMULCENT

Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.

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Irritates Throat

IRRITATES-THROAT

Creates abrasive feeling in the back of the mouth. May stimulate coughing.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Antiviral

ANTIVIRAL

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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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

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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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

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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Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Polysaccharides, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Sulphur, Vitamin D, Phosphorous, Melatonin,
Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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, Fats

Foods with a Similar Nature to Garlic Milk

Garlic

Garlic has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Irritates-throat, Stimulant-laxative, Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Galactagogue, Makes-you-tired, Stomachic, Antiviral, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Sedative, Vasodilator

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Antiviral, Diaphoretic, Stimulant-laxative, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Stomachic, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Vasodilator

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Milk

Milk has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Soothing, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive, Soothes-throat

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Nutritive, Vasodilator, General-laxative, Satisfies-stomach, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulant-laxative

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Nutritive, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stomachic, Demulcent, Galactagogue

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Buffalo Milk

Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Makes-you-tired, Quenches-thirst, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Tofu

Tofu has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing, Galactagogue, Nutritive

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Chamomile

Chamomile has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Diaphoretic, Sedative, Makes-you-tired, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Nutritive, Soothing, Demulcent, Quenches-thirst, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Diaphoretic, Nutritive, Diuretic, Sedative

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Beer

Beer has these Actions in Common

Galactagogue, Satisfies-stomach, Makes-you-tired, Sedative, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Garlic Milk

Gokshura

Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Sedative, Soothing, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Demulcent

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Vidari

Vidari has these Actions in Common

Soothing, Aphrodisiac, Demulcent, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothes-throat

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Sedative

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Stomachic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative

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Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common

Galactagogue, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Soothing, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic

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Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Demulcent, Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothes-throat

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Stomachic, Vasodilator

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Cornsilk

Cornsilk has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nutritive, Soothing, Cholagogue, Demulcent

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Kava Kava

Kava Kava has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Makes-you-tired, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative, Antispasmodic

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Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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About John Joseph Immel

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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I am lactose intolerant. What kind of 'milk' can be substituted for same results? (I'm Vata.)
- julie, Montrose, CO , 08-31-13 (Reply)

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