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November 1998 Issue
Allium Sativum -- Garlic -- The Stinking Rose
by Rossana S. Tarantini
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Garlic has lots of medicinal uses as well. It's said that rubbing a fresh clove on the face does wonders for acne. Use it as a steam inhalation for cough. Make it into a poultice for cuts and scrapes. Combine eight chopped cloves of garlic with four tablespoons of clear organic honey and take one teaspoon at two hour intervals for relief of coughs.

Or try this Garlic Hair Conditioner: Crush ten large cloves of garlic and stir them into one half cup of hot castor oil. Combine well. Cover and allow to sit about two days then strain and it's ready for use. Massage into the scalp, wrap the hair in a towel and leave it for about one hour. Shampoo thoroughly with your favourite fragranced shampoo. This is great for the treatment of dull, lifeless hair and can aid in the healing of scalp conditions.

For a more traditional approach to the uses of garlic try the following recipes:

 

Chilled Garlic Soup

  • 12 blanched almonds
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices white bread, cubed and with crusts removed
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • salt and white pepper
  • 2 tbsp chives, snipped
Process the almonds and garlic to a paste in a blender or food processor, or pound them with a mortar and pestle. Heat the oil in a small pan and fry the garlic paste and bread cubes over medium heat until the bread is golden brown.

Pour the chicken broth and wine into a blender or food processor, add the garlic and bread mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Process until the soup is smooth.

Stir in the chives, then chill for at least one hour. Before serving, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Garnish with croutons.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours (includes chilling time)
 

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