7 Ways to Eat Raw Garlic {A Flu Fighting Food}

Did you know that garlic is a great flu fighting food? It’s truly a power house!

The past three Wednesdays have been oriented towards helping you fight the flu (or cold) naturally with food.

Each Wednesday I have been revealing a different flu fighting food that is purported to support your immune system in the fight against the cold and flu viruses that run rampant this time of year.

So far we have talked about the immune boosting benefits of pumpkin, the importance of eating breakfast, and green tea.

Now for this week’s flu fighting food – garlic.


I love garlic. Garlic is truly one of the most fascinating foods I have ever encountered.

It is hands down my favorite flu fightin’, throat scratchin’, nose runnin’ fighter pilot. Garlic is amazing, ya’ll!

The compounds in garlic that make it stink the most is what makes it work the best. I have yet to encounter a quicker, more effective way of not only preventing the cold or flu, but treating it as well.

Garlic is most commonly known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Practically speaking, garlic is a natural antibiotic that your body does not grow resistance to, which means it has on-going positive benefits.

For medicinal use, garlic should be consumed raw. Yes, you read that right. You gotta eat it raw if you want to REALLY fight the flu. However, don’t stop cooking with it. Though most of the medicinal properties will be lost, cooked garlic will still retain some amazing benefits. Plus, it makes for some tasty meals.

Here are 7 ways to consume raw garlic:

1. A spoon full of sugar honey helps the medicine go down.

Take 1-2 (or 3) cloves of garlic and chop into small bits. Sprinkle on a teaspoon of honey.

Then, enjoy. The hubster just so happened to need to take a couple of cloves of garlic last night. So, I took pictures. Perks of being the husband of a blogger. πŸ˜‰

See. He lived. This is our preferred method of consuming raw garlic. We’ve tried several ways, but this one is quick and easy easiest.

2. I would like to make a toast.

Butter a piece of toast and garnish with a couple of cloves of garlic. We found that if you roll up the toast it’s easier to stomach.

3. Take it like a man.

Neither of us are man enough, but some folks just chew a piece or two of garlic up, swallow, and call it a day. If you’ve done this, then you are my hero.

4. Oil her up.

Mince some garlic up in your favorite dressing. Our favorite is my Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing.

Leigh Ann’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing:

In a pint size mason jar combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (you can substitute Balsamic Vinegar as well)
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic (1-3 cloves)
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 t basil
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  •  t dry mustard (optional)

Put the lid on the jar and give it a good shake. Store in refrigerator.

Note: It will solidify in the refrigerator. I will just pull the jar out when I start cooking to let it come to room temperature (or at least liquify).

5. Holy moly guacamole.

Do you have a favorite guacamole recipe? If not, then Stacy Makes Cents has a great one – Holy Guacamole. Add a few cloves of garlic in to help make consuming your raw garlic more palatable.

6. Meet in the middle.

Make a sandwich, and stuff a few cloves of garlic in the middle. Now, that’s a spicy sandwich!

7. Bottoms up.

The thought of this one makes me a little sick (pardon the pun), BUT I have to mention it. Take a glass of lukewarm water, mince a few cloves into it, give it a good swish and shoot! Woweeeee!!! *shudder*

Update: I’ve since learned that this mixture makes for a great enema for children {Source: The ABC Herbal: A Simplified Guide to Natural Health Care for Children by Steven H. Horne} I’ve not personally used it yet, but I will certainly keep it in mind the next time our little one gets sick.

When to take garlic as a “medicine.”

You should eat raw garlic at the onset of a cold. For example, is your throat getting a tickle? EAT GARLIC! I promise you that you will not regret it.

Mark and I have kicked ourselves for the past two weeks for not heeding our own advice. I got sick. He got sick (see picture above). In the past, we would have been faithful little children and eaten our garlic. Instead, this time we were lazy, and thought, “Ohhh, I never get sick. I’m fine.” Yea right. God has a funny way of working things out. πŸ˜‰

Once you get sick because you didn’t eat your garlic at the onset, you should eat raw garlic every 2-3 hours. Be sure you don’t do this on an empty stomach though, or you’ll have more troubles than just your stuffy head and scratchy throat.

Also, you should be careful if you are nursing. Samuel has shown sensitivity to onion and garlic. So this time when I got sick, I couldn’t take garlic every 2-3 hours because I am still nursing. I do not want to try to get over a cold again without garlic. It was painful!

What about you? Do you have any creative tips for consuming raw garlic? What other flu fighting foods have you tried?

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    1. -2-3 cloves of garlic, thru press
      -1 red, ripe, plum tomato, chunked
      -12 small green olives
      Mix in bowl…

      This has helped me fight a virus in a way I’ve never experienced before!!! Symptoms are very slight instead of full-on misery!

        1. How long should you take garlic for? I know I should take it raw, twice or three times a day, but for how many days? Until my symptoms go away? Until I’m feeling better plus two days? Or is it like a zpack where you take it for five days and the medicine keeps working for ten? How long do I use it for?

    2. Good way to do it! I eat a clove of garlic every night with a piece of keto bread, I get the keto bread from Aldi’s! I sleep very well! Yum yum yum! ?

  1. Thanks for the link baby cakes! πŸ™‚ Never eaten raw garlic any of those ways……I think I’d rather take a garlic pill. Thoughts?

    1. Garlic pill is a good option. Not the best. But it’s good. πŸ™‚ Just be sure to get a high quality garlic pill. I’ve never taken garlic pills, so I can’t recommend one. That’s just what I’ve read!

      1. the healing properties of garlic occur soon after crushing/cutting, best eaten after 20 minutes when the allicin has been activated. Pill form does not give you that needed potency.

      2. I normally just take a small clove of garlic and use the knife to put holes in it then take it like a pill work fine for me but don’t if it’s safe.

        1. I have a big jar of cold water of 800ml. I take one clove of garlic and crush it, then I put it into my water.
          When I get up in the morning I drink 8 oz and noticed instant relief in my stomach. This is the best way to clean up your intestines and Hiatal hernia.
          I also drank one glass of water with 1/4 tsp of baking soda to level my Ph.
          I love garlic water. Instantly I felt alive. I sleep so well now.
          I also eat lots of greens, nuts, and fruit. , I put it in the food processor. 1 tomato, some nuts, romaine letters, 1 apple, whatever you like, in the food processor.
          Big salad everyday for lunch and diner, along with some protein Last all day and save on groceries. Eat raw recipes and garlic water helped me along with baking soda to level the ph.

      3. We actually buy empty capsules and cut the garlic to fit in the capsules and take them that way. Our 3 year old even takes it like that! Has been a life saver!!

  2. Ok, the second pic of Mark looks as though he is looking up to Jesus and asking for some serious help! LOL….prayers are all that would get me to do that!!!! I just ate my garlic salad (that I shared in the link up too) and I have a strong taste of garlic in my mouth….like it? yes. Swallow a whole clove whole? No. I had a friend who tried it once. She burped garlic for a whole day!

        1. Hi, Kate! Good question. Yes, let it go down the throat without chewing. It’s super strong when you chew it, yuck! I’ve done this before and it can be a little weird at first, but you get used to it.

      1. I took a clove and chewed it and then swollowed it. Omg!!! Immediately I took at spoonful of honey. I deal w a stomach ulcer. I felt the burn right at the place in my stomach where my ulcer is. So its best I try different ways listed. Didnt realize I should chop it up first! Thanks for the advice ladies.

    1. Okay, I read eating raw was the way to go. Ate a piece I would cook my lunch in directly raw.
      Thought 1: Spicy, for someone with ulcer issues and can’t enjoy the spice of mild wings. Ouch!
      Thought 2: sinuses cleared in 5 minutes.
      Thought 3: thank you for honey idea. Which is great for sore throats anyways!

    1. I take 3 to 4 cloves of garlic with an orange cut the orange in 4 pieces. One clove of garlic one slice of orange. Goes down pretty easy

      1. Just ate a clove in a few spoonfuls of apple sauce as suggested because I feel a cold coming on…painless!

  3. Mince up the raw garlic, stuff it in an EMPTY GELATIN CAPSULE and swallow as many as you want!!! The best of all worlds! (Of course, natural vegetable origin capsules are even better.)

  4. chopping it up and adding olive oil is the way to go for me
    the olive oil takes much of the taste and leaves all the medicinal properties ^^

  5. Just popping a bit into your mouth and chewing gets the job done, but OOOOhhhhh is it painful. It feels like your mouth is on some kind of fire.

    That, plus the pain of peeling are the reasons I have never managed to get as serious about garlic as I would like. But now I have a cold, or perhaps bronchitis, and I need something serious to fight it with, so I just chewed up one of the little buggers, and will try again in a few hours with another. Maybe I’ll see if we have any honey, and try that instead of the chewing.

    Meanwhile, I wonder how long garlic lasts? I have had this clove sitting in my nightstand for about a year now, and the cloves seem just as fresh, just as strong, and just as herd to peel as they were a year ago.

    1. Sounds like the never ending bulb of garlic. I’m not sure how long a bulb of garlic lasts! I usually just smell it and take a look. I hope you get to feeling better!

    2. I know this is a SUPER old comment, but if you put your garlic in a bowl and cover it with another bowl (same size) and shake like the dickens, it peels the garlic effortlessly πŸ˜€ I saw a video on it, tried it, and now it’s the only way I peel it! It’s fun, too, man! Like MAGIC. lol

        1. Oh yeah, my husband is always afraid I’m going to sling the bowls across the kitchen. But his fears aren’t unfounded, I guess, since I AM a klutz… πŸ˜€

  6. I started eating raw garlic recently. I can’t stand the taste so I wash it down with some apple cider vinegar. I’m taking them both for the health benefits. But I’m worried that the acidity of the apple cider vinegar will neutralize the positive effects of the raw garlic. Is that possible ?

  7. Don’t just go swallowing whole cloves, they’ll pass right through you (think about corn for a second, kinda like that). You have to cut it up. Gonna try it with honey tonight since I’m feeling under the weather. NIce tips.

  8. Some thoughts: First, garlic is super potent so just downing it could cause some problems!!! I highly recommend it with food. Another item of note: for the benefits to be active – you should crush with a knife or mince. This activates the healing properties. Also, if you use vinegar or lemon you are “cooking” the garlic if you let it sit. It’s an acid cook – like ceviche.
    Lastly – I think garlic is still healing when cooked – it just looks different on tests. I make a 2 cup tea of 8 cloves of crushed garlic and 8 cloves of clove and simmer for a half hour and sip. This has knocked out many a cold in it’s first step.
    Lastly – my favorite recipe for eating raw garlic is tzaziki! A cup of plain yoghurt with a chopped clove of garlic. I grate one small cucumber (I use middle eastern ones – not as much liquid in them and they taste great) and add it in. If you use a regular cucumber – some people squeeze out the liquid but i don’t mind it and like to get all the nutrition out of my food :-).
    Spices are great – mint, cilantro, oregano or anything else you like would be work. I tend to use cilantro or parsley for health. Parsley also tames the garlic breath!
    I also add salt to taste and a little olive oil.
    You can serve this as a dip and it is usually served with toasted pita. I just eat it straight.
    It takes about 10 minutes to make.
    If you want to more authentic – you should drain the yoghurt through some cheese clothe before hand to make it really creamy. The amount of time you do it – like overnight – will affect its’ density. So it’s a preference thing. But overnight is how I used to do it.

  9. I always eat garlic before bed (luxury of being young and not yet married).
    I more often eat raw garlic cloves than have them in amongst other things. It’s spicy for the first few times but whatever will boost your immune through the roof and make your nose run at the same time…
    If possible, if you’re frequently eating them raw, have a solid base ingredient to go with it, cause whole raw garlic can be hard on weaker, non-Bear Grylls stomaches.
    God bless!

  10. Yep, my father in law swears by it… eats garlic cloves whole and eats onions like they are apples. He never gets sick… and a side benefit? He never gets bug bites either! Lol I am out of honey… so I opted for #3 .. 2 cloves since they were on the small side. YOWZA! I thought since I eat pickled garlic like its candy it wouldn’t be so bad…. boy was I wrong!

  11. it was nice seeing all ur comments.. My mom tells me that I am kinda unique in this aspect. I love raw garlic.. Along with my rice and lentils , I just have 4 pieces of garlic raw, chew them well and really enjoy myself in the process.
    Love the taste so much that I sometimes have nearly 8 to 9 cloves. Can have raw garlic with anything salty.. just plain old potato chips are enuff for me to chew, enjoy and swallow that wondrous white little thing πŸ™‚

    1. Personally, I eat a clove of garlic every time I eat a meal. I simply cut a clove in half and peel it (it’s much easier once it’s cut in half.) Then, I eat like half my meal, then chew up one half in my mouth thoroughly (so that all the chemicals mix together and it’s thoroughly crushed, but I chew quickly), then chase it with a mouthful of water. Take another bite or two of food, then take the second half or sometimes, I’ll take them back to back depending on how big my meal is. It improves my blood circulation significantly, quite amazing really. I also don’t get garlic breath this way unless I end up eating or drinking something that makes me burp (fizzy drinks or a couple beers), then I get garlic burps. I get slight nausea when I eat the garlic this way sometimes, but it goes away quickly as more food gets piled on top of it. It also has antibacterial effects in the mouth when chewed up this way, so it might just improve your oral health as well. πŸ™‚

      I also take vitamins every day, so things like B complex, Zinc and a combo of Vitamin C/Lysine/Vitamin E, then taking 2,000mg of vitamin C randomly throughout the day means I haven’t been sick with anything significant in almost 10 years and I never get sick even when I’m around people who are.

      Chewing it up was pretty hard at first, but you get used to it and the more it burns your mouth and the quicker it does, the stronger and more effective it will be from a health perspective. So, I like when it burns a little. This is usually the times I get slight nausea, but I feel healthier and I know garlic is responsible. I don’t trust the supplements and don’t believe they are effective, so personally, I think this is the best way to consume it. Just chew it up real good so its entirely crushed up before you chase that water down. πŸ™‚

      Take care, all.

    1. 3 cloves of raw garlic,minced
      2 Tbsp of cream cheese
      Mix together,eat with your favorite crackers-pretzels

  12. Leigh Ann, I just did some “Googling” to find articles for confirmation to back up why I’m eating raw garlic cloves today to fight whatever is making me sick. In the middle of reading your article, I noticed I was looking at Mark swallowing the garlic! Rachel Parrish mentioned a while back you had a blog, but I had yet to look into it. I am now a subscriber. πŸ™‚ Hope you guys are doing well! We miss you! – your former neighbor, Jennifer & Grayson & Chad πŸ™‚

    1. This garlic post is my top referral to this site, which is funny because it’s not really what I blog about a lot. haha! But either way, I’m glad it’s here because you found me! I talked to Rachel the other day and she said you’ve been coming to their office. She is a dear friend! Glad to have you join our little community. πŸ™‚ We miss you guys too and think about you often!

  13. Will eating the whole cloves 2-3 without chopping them (swallowing them like pills) be effective? Or is it bad for the digestive to swallow it hole? If it can be consumed that way, are they effective just like crushing them? Because if swallowed there will be no bad taste. Thanks.

    1. crushing them releases the active chemicals with is good, and will kill bacteria in your mouth as well. You should always eat first before taking raw garlic.

    2. I’m sure it will be somewhat helpful, but crushing them first will give you more bang for you buck. The crushing releases the active compounds so it’s beneficial the second it hits your belly. The taste can be easily chased with juice or honey. Plus, honey is full of amazing enzymes, making it even more beneficial!

  14. I should be eating garlic everyday…my grandma use to eat it everyday along with eating aloe. But sadly I only take whenever I am sick..which is good as well but preventing it would be better. And it’s safe to say that I take about 3 cloves chew them in my mouth and chase it with juice and honey and do this about every 3-4hours. It literally makes me feel better within the next day.

  15. Leigh Ann,

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your informative article, I only wish more people around me would heed this useful advice! I have been taking raw garlic for the past year, and I have not gotten a cold, flu, or intestinal parasites either! I also have noticed that bugs do not bother me, and go straight to bite the arms and legs of others!

    Lately, everyone around me has had a seemingly endless battle with head colds, sniffles and stuffed up noses that don’t seem to go away. I tell them once, I tell them twice about garlic, but people seem to have this built-in, pre-programmed notion that eating garlic ISN’T good for you. I am living proof that garlic is the best preventative medicine there is. My morning ritual: crush 2 cloves of garlic, wait 10 minutes for active compounds to form, then take it like a pill with juice (preferably pineapple, another miracle food) or just plain water or even coffee.

  16. I did this for the first time last night after hearing and reading about it. I felt horrible last night, tired, cold, headache, lightheaded, stuffed up nose and sore throat. Woke up at 5 am feeling great and breathing clear! About to take my second dose now bc the flu has been running rampant through my work place. I just found the smallest clove in the head and cut off each end to make it a friendlier “pill” shape and downed it with a swig of sprite. I tasted nothing! And trust me I am not the best at taking pills and I did fine! Try it that way was as easy as could be and I feel awesome today!
    Good Luck!

  17. I’ve had a nasal nightmare for the past 4 days. Started chomping away at whole garlic cloves last night and woke up today noticeably better. The first clove was difficult if only because of how spicy it was. But I love the taste of garlic so much I’ve adapted and now I kind of enjoy it.

  18. I had no idea that garlic was so beneficial! Making a Garlic Aioli would be an easy way to work it in into your diet. Just peal 2-3 garlic cloves and roughly chop. On a cutting board, sprinkle the chopped garlic with kosher salt and mash with the flat edge of a chef knife until you create a “paste”. Mix this garlic “paste” with a couple tablespoons of mayo and spread on nearly any type of meat or veggie sandwich or wrap.

  19. I woke up sick this morning, new to take garlic, but wasn’t sure how often. Thank you for the post! I had no voice at 7 am. It’s now 10 am and my voice is getting stronger! I’m also taking oregano oil, so I smell extra yummy today! (My poor husband doesn’t know what he’s coming home to!)

  20. I had some garlic recently to fight a cold and, honestly, the best way in my mind to down some raw garlic is in a dip. Mince or chop a clove or two and mix it with some sour cream, mayonase or an onion dip.( the onion dip will really hid the garlic tast quite well.) Eat the dip with some chips or crackers and voila! Done! Also,if youdont like the taste of the dip you’ve created, eat it wit some strongly flavoured chips like ketchup, all-dressed, bbq. the flavour of the chip will mask the taste of the garlic.

  21. This posts comments sure has been going on for a while! Lovely article.
    After breakfast, I noticed I had the start of a cold. Normally would have let it go, but it seems a mama of a 13 month old can’t call in sick. So, googled garlic = here I am.

    But you know what, the most delicious way EVER to eat garlic is:
    *drumroll, please*
    chocolate. (no, not the candy bar kind…)

    Take two generous teaspoons of raw honey in a small bowl, add some sea salt, chili powder, cinnamon (those two can very well be left out) and enough cocoa powder to make it taste chocolatey. Mince 3 cloves of garlic. Mix in. Chase the paste down with water (I take two glasses). Because it’s a paste I find it diffucult to swallow without water. You can chew it two, but that way you taste the garlic.

    Soo delicious, taste like chocolate, not garlic, and so nice and soothing down your throat.
    *Think I’m in love*
    and I’m looking forward to my next dose in two hours….

    Go chase that cold away!!

  22. I take chopped garlic about three times a day and also put it in empty capsules and give to my kids. My son has Down syndrome an low immune system and this keeps him healthy and he doesn’t miss much school anymore.

  23. If I’m in a hurry I have no problem just chewing it up and swallowing. My favorite way though is to crush 2-3 cloves into 2 cups water, add cayenne pepper, let simmer on the stove for about 15 mins. Add fresh lemon juice and raw honey… Makes a great tea… I PROMISE IT WORKS AND TASTES BETTER THAN IT SOUNDS…

  24. Sorry, i hit the wrong key…

    An important change happens with garlic is crushed. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1173136/

    Here is my recipe: While sipping cold-brewed green tea, smash 2 large cloves under a broad blade. Start chopping….Smash 1 or 2 walnuts, add to the chopping…add one medium swiss chard leaf, small bunch of chives, lots of fresh basil, oregano, rocket…keep choppppping.

    Go away, finish your tea slowly. give it 10 min min

    Follow the wonderus pong of health back to the board and ….chop
    Drip a half squeeze of 1/2 lemon over the rapidly forming paste….need I say choppp awayyyy. Spread over a slice of wholewheat toast….If I am bad I prespread with bencol or similar phytosterol-marg. I am officailly addicted. Of course you can add Kale or any darn thing you like. try cashews and you will be forever vampire proofed!

    Great webpages BTW, thanks!

  25. I’m here to put in a vote for crushing garlic and chopping in half (or quarters, if it’s a large clove), swallowing it like a pill, and then chasing it with something to drink (I used an orange-mango smoothie). I’ve take it minced with garlic, and due to it’s thick consistency, I have a really tough time swallowing and gaaaaaggg about 10 times before I finally get it down. Thanks for this link–just took another commenters advice and liked it much more than with honey. Since it wasn’t so bad, I’ll definitely be more likely to do it when I feel something coming on instead of just to treat an active illness.

  26. I’ve got the flu and just ate 2 cloves chopped up and wrapped in a couples of slices of deli turkey. Tastes yummy and hopefully will help me get better!

  27. I just discovered if I chop up the garlic in small bits and then wrap a little bit at a time in a piece of cheese I can barely taste the garlic.

  28. I just chopped up 2 cloves with a handful of pecans. Then I poured some honey over it and added cinnamon. It was actually pretty good!!

  29. Woke up this morning miserable and read this… Now I will see if I have any garlic in my house so I can give this a try!

  30. I don’t think anyone has mentioned my favorite way to take garlic. Get a slice of your favorite bread and butter one side, add 3 cloves minced fresh garlic. I fold the bread in half & the garlic is noticeable but not overwhelming.

  31. Really wish I would’ve found this site before I just chomped down on 2 large cloves. Ick, but at least the burn made me feel like it was attacking my sore throat germs πŸ™‚ Next time I’ll opt for the honey method! Once was enough for me!!!

  32. I love garlic. Too bad that I get really bloated from it – even when it’s used as an ingredient in food. If I could find a way around that….

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  34. Just roast the garlic with skin without oil for 2minutes and then peel it and have it daily morning. Even kids can eat easily. Dont over cook.

  35. My husband was eating raw garlic for high blood pressure and decided to try putting cut up cloves onto a piece of celery and pouring on some of his favorite dressing…he had me try a bite so I could also see how you cannot taste the garlic at all. Loved all the ideas and can’t wait yo try them.

  36. Thanks for sharing. I took it like a woman and chewed it. Burned but I lived. I might try one of the other options in 2 hours when I dose again. Thanks.

  37. I mince up three cloves(about) and then put them on top of saltines. Then I add basil, pepper, rosemary and parsley drizzled in olive oil. Not too bad of a snack for all the benefits:) cool article girl!

  38. I’m curious about the “smell”! Not only on the breathe, but I’ve heard of it coming out of your pores and you smell like a big onion/garlic…I have to work in an office everyday – would love to do the garlic thing everyday…but don’t know if my co-workers would appreciate it.


    1. It depends on how much you take, but yes, there is a smell, which is precisely why my husband and I do it together. πŸ™‚ We don’t do it everyday, but maybe once or week or so? Oh, and it also depends on how you take it. Chewing and swallowing always has a stronger smell.

    2. It was coming out of my pores a couple days ago. My aunt brought that to my attention and I already knew the remedy but I had tried something a little different. Anyway after being told I smelled like garlic , the next time instead of chasing it down with a drink or a meal that included a cucumber I just ate an apple right afterward. I also did it with a cucumber right afterward but they’re not as sweet. Long time ago I think I used grapes but I was told to spit out the garlic. So that wouldn’t necessarily end up going through my pores but only affecting my breath. Anyway it seems that any kind of fruit will do the trick.

    1. I think it depends on the person. I always like to have something on my stomach with the garlic, but not everyone has to do that. You will just have to experiment and see what works for you. πŸ™‚

  39. I have been avoiding doing the raw garlic treatment since I tend to taste it and smell like it all day…, however I am desperate after trying to get rid of my cold/flu for two weeks with all other healthy home remedies. So, I just took two large cloves of minced organic garlic on a tsp of raw local honey. I swallowed it whole without chewing…. and it wasn’t so bad! ; ) I am now going to sit in my infrared sauna for an hour and hopefully I will finally kick this thing out of me! Thank you for your blog and everyone’s helpful comments!

  40. Another method of consuming raw garlic and avoiding stomach burn is make butter milk by adding one spoon of yogurt (for fat free yogurt) and more water and add some salt. First shred(or tiny pieces) 1 or 2 garlic cloves in such way that you can swallow without chewing and then drink butter milk immediately you and your stomach feel better. I also take Raw garlic with Honey.

  41. I have tried the chewing and swallowing method, and it burns the tongue terribly! The honey and the dressing are my favorites of the ideas you shared.

    For those who can’t have honey, try pressing the clove through a garlic press onto a spoon, pop it in your mouth and swallow a couple ounces of water. This doesn’t burn my mouth at all, and cuts back on garlic breath. It is better to swallow chewed garlic than whole. Whole cloves are alot of work for the stomach and will delay digestion, if they are digested at all.

  42. I recently started taking a whole small clove of garlic like a pill for a sinus infection chased by some vitamin C. I wanted to mention it because although some people say that if you don’t chew it doesn’t work, I have already found that my sinus infection is resolving. I have been using the smaller cloves toward the center of the bulb, squeezing them a little, peeling and then swallowing whole. With this method I haven’t had any complaints about odor on my breath or any stomach upset (and I tend toward acid reflux.) πŸ™‚

  43. Leigh Ann, Thanks! I heard of the cancer prevention properties of garlic so I picked up some crushed garlic at Trader Joes but wasn’t sure how to use it. I took walnut halves (qtrs.) scooped a little and stuffed it in green olives. Ate too many I guess and found out about its enema properties. One of my doctor friends saw it and confirmed the cancer properties, and added that they used it as kids to rub it on their underarms to raise their temperatures to get sent home early from school.

  44. I too have recently started eating raw garlic. And there is definitely a miracle medicine hidden in these potent garlic cloves. I cut it in small pieces and swallow it like a pill taking sips of juice after each swallow. It cured a sore throat in 36hours. Now I want to go one “level-higher” and drink garlic juice of 3 cloves…BUT the taste is so potent, I have tried mixing it with orange juice, then honey and lemon juice, but the taste keeps coming through, making me sick (nauseas). Do you think that drinking raw garlic juice will give more health benefits than whole garlic cloves, or do both methods give same health results?

    1. The only benefit I could see of juicing the garlic would be to condense many cloves into an easy shot. But not sure if it’s really worth it. And besides you miss out on the pulp and any of the health benefits it carries, which may not be much, but I really don’t know. I can’t imagine how juicing garlic would give you any greater health benefits over eating it whole, unless perhaps, the juicing process some how produces more allicin due to greater surface area exposed(?). Good question!

  45. I swallow raw garlic with much water… it great an fun I don’t feel d odour …just like taking capsule

    1. The consensus seems to be yes, it needs to react to the open air, so crushed or diced or chewed.
      I chewed one up straight and swallowed–woo doggy.. Not ideal. Now I dice some up and wrap it tightly in a baby spinach leaf, dip it in olive oil and swallow it like a pill. A nice natural alternative to gel caps. Besides, gel caps are a pain to work with in my opinion. And the spinach is good for ya!

  46. I have been trying to incorporate more raw garlic into my diet. This post was most helpful. What I did this evening was dice up two cloves and let it sit on the cutting board for 15 minutes while I heated up a piece of pizza – I did however, add a little salt to the chopped cloves (no lemon) and mixed in while they were resting, then sprinkled them on the pizza slice after it was heated through. I can say the salt did something to the garlic as it was not as burning when chewed and had a pleasant slightly salty taste to it without so much burn when chewed. It was really good this way.

  47. Leigh Ann thank you so much for sharing these awesome tips about eating/swallowing garlic. Every time I get sick, I do method #1. I feel the same exact way your husband does in the pictures, concentration is the key. I believe I read about method #1 somewhere but can’t remember but it is the best method. Thank you God for giving us garlic!

  48. I tried the toast! It was pretty palatable! Thank you for the idea πŸ™‚ Wish I could find a way to get my 5 year old with an intestinal bug to take it. I’d have to try slipping it in a teaspoon of ice cream, but I don’t think that would go over “so well” either. πŸ˜‰

  49. For beer drinkers. I crushed a big clove of garlic into my beer glass. It gives the beer a different taste which is not bad.
    I am not sure if the the garlic gets neutralized or not since it makes the beer fizzle but it tastes like garlic anyway.

  50. I slice the cloves and “Sandwich” them between 2 pieces of cheese. Any cheese will do, I prefer Cheddar though! πŸ™‚ My grandma showed me that way when I was a little girl and I’ve been doing ever since.

  51. I read that allicin is killed by acidity. Stomach acid is thus going to reduce the efficacy. Would seem to be best to chew and keep in the mouth for a bit and then spit it out. If so then one would need to use a much smaller amount and may be less irritating? Just a suggestion but will proceed to do the test . all this though this based on the fact that the allicin easily diffuses through body tissue.

  52. My favourite way to eat garlic when I’m sick is with lemon! I just quarter the lemon, peel it, remove the seeds and put it in my mouth the same time as the garlic. It works really well, and you get vitamin C at the same time as the garlic!

  53. Ok, lets see how this goes!! Just chopped up a larger size clove and I’m just gonna add it to a warm glass of water. I feel like I’m starting to get a cold and need to prevent it. Buts it’d kinda hard when you work in a hospital with full of sick people. I know wear a mask at work all the time entering a patient room. 2/11/2016

  54. hi all! i recently had an infected wisdom tooth which was leaking pus and grossness. i went to the dentist and he confirmed, and then was to send me to get my tooth pulled. i am not into surgery, and before the surgery they would have me take antibiotics which i will never do. so i did not take that route, and already knew i was going to take garlic as a natural antibiotic because i research herbalism and nature medicine.
    my infection did turn into an abscess, a pus filled bubble on my gum which you can actually die from. but i like to experiment. so, i made a paste of sea salt and baking soda, put it on the abscess, and within 20 minutes it burst. then for 7 days, each day, i ate a whole head or bulb, whichever word you prefer, just clarifying not a clove. i did crush it and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then would consume with neem honey, which also has awesome benefits. here i am, alive, tooth and gums fine, no surgery and no antibiotics. nothing can ever become resistant to garlic, it will kill all new bugs, all the time, unlike antibiotics. it even kills cancer cells. it also helps kill candida off. also, i’m a strict vegan that consumes mostly just colorful fruits and veggies raw, so that i am loaded with antioxidants, and that probably helped as well. also everything foodwise i talk about is organic. hope this is useful to someone. peace and tranquility.

  55. Great blog! Good information given. Thanks!

    Regarding your update about the enema.
    “Update: I’ve since learned that this mixture makes for a great enema for children {Source: The ABC Herbal: A Simplified Guide to Natural Health Care for Children by Steven H. Horne} I’ve not personally used it yet, but I will certainly keep it in mind the next time our little one gets sick.”

    I learned of this remedy (the garlic enema) from mom who works in local health food store.
    I am glad she told me of the garlic enema.

    In addition to the link you provided, this remedy can also be found in the book Prescription For Nutritional Healing. Also on Mandy’s page at realfoodrecovery.com
    She swears by the garlic enema for reducing a fever, cleansing and other.

    Recently my 8 yo b had a fever and was not feeling well. (I kept the enema in mind.) I gave him a garlic enema. Administered twice. The second enema was about four hours after the first enema. I administered the enema with a 6 oz reusable rubber enema bulb syringe. Clean well with warm soapy water after the enema and air dry.

    It worked!

    Not giving medical advice. Just personal experience. Talk with your doctor/naturopathic doctor before giving any home remedies. Including enemas.

    The enema bulb syringe is now part of my home health kit.

  56. i dice it and eat it raw a little at a time or throw the lil chunks in a shot glass filled with boiling water then shoot it with apple cider vinegar and some cayenne. cough and cold GONE.

  57. Probably not the healthiest way , but I just ate some raw on a piece of spinach pizza ! Tasted lovely . I have the flu, which is why we had pizza in the house lol. Mama wasn’t cooking last night

  58. Consuming garlic every day keeps me from getting colds and flu and that’s a fact. My method is better than all of the above. I just buy Costco California Garlic Granules and chase 1/4 teaspoon with some juice every night before bedtime. It’s that simple! I never get sick.

    1. Oh, yes, Sabry! This is a very good point! I do agree with you. I do also think the Lord has provided us tools and resources to help physically that we can use along WITH faith. But ultimately, He is in control and the maker of our bodies, and can even use sickness to draw us closer to Him and show His glory. Thanks for your thoughts! Maybe we should add a section on that in the post above πŸ™‚