Written By Priestess Hypatia
For Coven Life
So let’s start this article with a little Poetic Medicine……
An Ode to Garlic
Oh Garlic, what homage
can we bring you
and your graced state
Packed tightly into
your little white dome
we want to break you open
and spread your cloves like
shining white pebbles onto
the shores of our meals.
Continue reading this beautiful poem by
By Lara Kirsten
‘Eat no onions nor garlic, for we are utter sweet breath, and I do not doubt but hear them say, it is a sweet comedy’
-William Shakespeare in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A wonderfully pungent herb that has been known for its ability to ward off vampires and the like, is considered a staple in many people’s diets around the world. As a main feature in our culinary world, the humble garlic demands its presence in the medicinal home apothecary because of its numerous benefits. With all these wonderful components combined and its availability and accessibility garlic is renowned as a superfood and hailed for its healing properties since ancient times.
As a member of the Lily family, garlic is the cousin to onions, leeks and chives. It averages about 2 inches in height and consists of small separate cloves. There really is nothing like the taste of garlic. It stimulates the palate hitting it with a hot pungent and subtle sweetness. No wonder so many have written odes and poetry to this incredible plant.
A native to Central Asia garlic has been cultivated for over 5000 years. The ancient Egyptians considered it as sacred and was placed in the tombs of Pharos for the afterlife. It was not only the food of Kings and Gods but was also given to the slaves that build the Pyramids. Its known medicinal properties made garlic a valuable commodity in the world of labor. Healthy workers meant better productivity, better productivity meant advancements, better advancements made a strong, sustainable and superior civilization.
Propagate this wonderful hardy perennial or biennial by simply planting its coves in rich, moist soil that receives plenty of sunshine.
You can add garlic to pretty much anything that is savoury. Its addition will only benefit the dish.
Garlic bread- by mashing a couple of cloves, add some chopped herbs to about 130g of butter. Make incisions in the bread roll or baguette, insert lavish wads of the buttery herbed garlic butter, wrap in foil, place in a hot oven and heat till butter melts approximately 15 min. Unwrap foil and allow bread to crisp in oven for a further 5 min and voila- done!
Garlic provides numerous health benefits including:
- Heart health support
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Immune booster
- Reduces hypertension
- Stabilizes cholesterol
- Antibacterial and antiviral benefits
- Anti-cancer support
It can be taken as a supplement.
Medicine for colds and flu in the winter season
This may assist in relieving sore throats because of its antimicrobial action.
Combine 1 part Witches Brew (recipe below) and 1 part Honey
Often seen as an herb of protection, garlic has been used in cleansing rituals, in legend and modern times especially against vampires. In ancient Greece it was placed upon a pile of stones at a crossroads to invoke Hekate. As a powerful amulet garlic will ward off any negativity and evil energy. Now, for those who worship the Goddess Cybele, as the herb is sacred to her, it is recommended that this herb is avoided.
WITCHES’ BREW aka FIRE CIDER
Let’s have a look at a delicious way to keep the vampires at bay.
Organic, raw, apple cider vinegar
3 parts Garlic, peeled and chopped
2 parts Onion, peeled and chopped
1 part Ginger, fresh or dried, shredded
1 part brown and yellow mustard seed
½ part hot peppers of your liking (optional)
½ part black peppercorns
½ part horseradish root peeled and shredded
½ part combined optional herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric, and rosemary
Combine all the ingredients to loosely fill a mason jar. Pour the Apple Cider Vinegar over the contents to cover. Cap, label and shake daily for 3 – 6 weeks, storing in a cool, dark place. Strain through layers of cheesecloth or fine mesh fabric, filtering out all herb matter. Pour into amber bottles and label for storage.
Use as a salad dressing ingredient, combine with oil for a topping on rice and other grains, and take 1 teaspoon in a glass of water as an invigorating tonic. Shelf life is about 6 – 8 months.
It is recommended to check in with your local health practitioner for guidance if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any outstanding health concerns prior to introducing new supplements, foods or herbs to your routine.