It has high antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties to it that will strengthen your immune response and help your body fight bugs. (I wrote more about it a while back on Wellness Wednesday.)
If you have a little one, feeding them raw or honey infused garlic is not the easiest thing! It’s very strong in flavor and not very easy to swallow by itself. A good alternative for use for children (and adults!) is to make Garlic Oil.
Garlic oil won’t be quite as strong in its benefits but it will help nonetheless! It is especially helpful for potential ear infections.
This past week our little man came down with his first bug. It was not fun. He ran a very high fever and indicated a sore throat by his behavior. I didn’t want it to develop into an ear infection and promptly made some garlic oil.
Although little man was very clingy while he was sick, he did lay down and sleep a lot which allowed me to make him some garlic oil! I applied it to his neck and ears to absorb into his skin and help fight the infection in his throat and prevent any issues with his ears.
- 1 clove of garlic
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- Slice or smash the garlic and let sit for a few moments. (This allows the allicin to react with the air, increasing the strength of its infection fighting properties.)
- Warm the olive oil up in a pan to warm but not hot. Add the garlic and let heat for about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cover. Let sit over night. You can use some after a couple of hours if needed, but the longer it sits the more garlic will be absorbed into the oil.
- To use: apply oil around ears or topically near potential infection or inflammation.
Don’t worry about the garlic scent being too strong. The scent is rather mild and not irritating at all. It is also not near as strong as essential oils or certain herbal tinctures and should not interfere with the use of homeopathic medicines.
Garlic oil is also useful for other things besides infection and inflammation. You could use garlic oil as a drizzle on salad or bread. Use it on your pet’s collar to help repel ticks, or even in your door frames to prevent pests.
Have you made some Garlic Oil? What do you use it for?
Note: I am not a medical doctor. Please read my full disclaimer here. Consult your medical practitioner if you have an illness.