“Garlic! Way more than just a Herb and Spice!”


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I don’t know about you but I adore Garlic! I will use it in anything recipe I can. It is the perfect complement to chicken, soups, stews and tomato sauces. Pretty much whatever I can get away with putting Garlic in I will do it! I have to say that oven roasted garlic on toasted baguette bread is my absolute favorite.

I was brushing up on my Garlic knowledge today and learned some interesting benefits to eating this wonderful aromatic herb. “Nature’s Super Seven Medicines” had a lot of information about the history of Garlic and its benefits. I definitely recommend reading it.

Garlic can be used for everything from Arthritis, Boils, Burns, Toothe aches, Blood Clots, Insect Bites, Elevated Cholesterol and the Common Cold just to mention a few.

I found that Garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, goldenseal and pau d’acro ( a herb used for cancer) are all strongly hypoglycemic.  They Dramatically lower blood sugar levels.  However those people suffering from hypoglycemia, taking such herbs can be problematic. But those with diabetes this is awesome news. Garlic taken each day will help reduce the amount of daily insulin a diabetic requires. It wont cure the disease or take a diabetic off insulin completely. Cooked garlic and aged-garlic extract both work great for diabetics. When eaten in meals where it is generously incorporated, garlic will assist the pancreas in turning out more natural insulin of its own. Four capsules or one tablespoon of aged garlic is recommended for additional supplementation. Please always ask your doctor if you are diabetic if this is for you.  

Everyone can benefit from eating Garlic every day. It is a wonderful immune system booster. I feed my family chicken soup loaded with garlic when they are sick and it always does the trick. I was told by our doctors one time that chicken soups with herbs and garlic is the liquid gold you can eat when you are sick. It is fantastic for the sick body.

Recipe for Roasted Garlic & Baguette Bread

Preheat oven to 425 F

Cut the top off a whole large ear of Garlic, just enough so part of a few cloves are exposed. Place on tinfoil and drizzle with Extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the garlic like you would a baked potato and place in the oven for about an hour.

While the garlic is baking, cut your baguette bread into 1/2 inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and garlic seasoning salt if desired. Toast in the oven until crunchy. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. 

When your garlic is done remove from the oven and squeeze out the cloves back onto the tinfoil. Generously spread the soft garlic onto your toasted baguette.

Can be served as is or add a slice of your favorite brie or gouda and enjoy.

This is my favorite treat to eat with a glass of red wine. A single glass of red wine has a lot of beneficial antioxidants in it.

I hope you enjoy this tasty treat!

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