Ten Ways to Eat Raw Garlic Every Day

Do you remember that movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the father who used Windex to fix everything from a scratch to the rash on your arm?

Our family’s not Greek, but garlic is our Windex.

Anytime anyone comes down with something in the sniffly cold or flu department we eat extra garlic. During the winter months and when others are sick all around us we ask “Have you had any garlic?” We’ve even been known to try to sit further away from a crowd the day after a big garlic binge in order to spare them the inevitable garlic-seeping-from-your-pores business.

I think it started when I was in high school and I saw my Dad cure a case of athlete’s foot by putting garlic between his toes. Then I read about all of the wonderful attributes of garlic – how it’s a natural antibiotic and anti-viral and how its compound allicin is so powerful. Now we plant our own garlic – 150 or so just the other day.

We’re all about letting food be thy medicine so as cold and flu season approach I’m hoping to keep my family eating raw garlic every day. A clove a day keeps the doctor away! Here are some of our favorite ways to get it down:

Homemade Salsa

In winter I take home canned tomatoes and add tons of raw garlic and onions – a winter pantry staple. Drizzled with some olive oil, I serve this with anything – Mexican food or otherwise – and it’s a big hit at our dinner table.

Ranch (or other) Salad Dressing

I almost always add minced raw garlic to salad dressings. Our favorite is a homemade ranch made with kefir, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley. Garlic is also great in a homemade vinaigrette.

Lacto-Fermented

Raw garlic has that spicy bite that some find hard to get down. When you lacto-ferment the garlic in a salt brine the cloves are mellowed and beneficial enzymes and bacteria are added – a win-win!

On Buttered Toast

Garlic, butter, and toast are best friends. You can toast up a slice of bread, butter it generously, and sprinkle raw minced garlic on top as a super garlic toast.

Guacamole

The fat in avocados seems to cry out for a sharp contrast in the form of spicy peppers or pungent garlic. So be generous and throw a few cloves into your guacamole.

Stirred Into Cooled Pasta Sauce

We love the flavor of garlic as well as the health properties. So if I made a tomato sauce to go with some homemade noodles I add a handful of cloves to the sauce as it cooks. Then, once it is dished up and has had a chance to cool for a minute, I add some more minced garlic to our plates and stir it in for extra flavor and nutrition.

Added to Mashed Potatoes

Again, garlic + butter + potatoes is just delicious. Make up your potatoes with butter and milk and plop them on your plates. Once cooled for a few minutes you can add some minced garlic to spice them up.

Garlic-Honey-Lemon Tea

For the uninitiated this sounds crazy and gross. But having grown up on honey and lemon tea for any sore throat, I can tell you the addition of the garlic in this recipe is strangely delicious and really good for you as well.

Blended Into a Hot Sauce

The whole reason for the above list is to somehow sneak in the spicy pungency of garlic. Well, how about embracing it alongside some peppers for a killer hot sauce. Just throw some peppers, seeded for a more mild sauce, garlic, olive oil, and salt into a blender with a bit of vinegar. Once blended it will be awesome with beans, tacos, quesadillas, chips, enchiladas, or pretty much anything else you’re eating.

On A Spoon

My husband can eat just about anything it seems and straight up garlic is no exception. If you are brave like him you can chew a whole clove and swallow, followed by some milk or water. Or you can mask the flavor by covering your garlic with some raw honey and then throwing it down the hatch.

Anyone else use garlic as food and medicine?

43 Responses to Ten Ways to Eat Raw Garlic Every Day

  1. Thanks for your post. I just made a pot of garlic chicken soup with rice for us sickies. I was wondering if you would post (or email) your garlic ranch dressing made with kefir? Thanks!

  2. I had to smile at this post! I LOVE garlic! I love the smell, taste and health benefits! Thanks so much for this post. I’m sending it to my non-Italian friend who teases me that I put garlic in everything.

    Jen

  3. Couldn’t agree more on this list – guacamole is a recent hit in our house as is salsa with summer’s harvest providing fresh ingredients. We also always have it on buttered toast with our pasta meals. The one I haven’t tried is potatoes – but I’m definitely going to give it a shot.

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  5. Oooh, good tips! I usually put it in salsa and eat with tortilla chips. I love the guacamole idea, though, and the mashed potatoes! It really does help a lot.

    Do you have any idea if nursing mothers can help their babies by eating garlic? My little guy (10 months) has a cold, and I don’t want to give him the garlic straight up. I guess I should just eat it anyway to help fend off me getting the cold! :)

    • Diana – I always assume that whatever beneficial or non-beneficial foods I eat make it through to my nursling. If my pumpkin had a cold I would probably up the garlic, echinacea, elderberry, etc. and assume that she gets it. Not sure if your little one would be averse to the garlic flavor, though. :)

  6. I like to chop garlic at least 10 minutes before I eat it (chopping it initiates the conversion of beneficial enzymes, and letting it sit allows more to be converted) then i mix it with a spoonful of coconut oil and eat it just like that! It takes a little getting used to, but its grown on me and now i actually like it!

  7. I love your blog! I too eat garlic straight up 4-5 cloves at a time, minced, followed by a glass of water! I do that every morning as my feel better medicine. A habit that is now being copied by my husband and my youngest son. Headache-garlic, inchy skin–garlic, cold sore-garlic! It really is a powerful medicine, same with a fresh aloe vera. Youre lucky to be able to plant your own garlic!

  8. Garlic is not a favorite raw. But I keep reading of it’s benefits . I do not like the taste and it burns my gut too. Can I just swallow it cut in half?

    • Yes! I ate raw garlic (in moderation) while pregnant. Just a clove a day, which I cut in small pieces, put them on a spoon, and swallowed them down with liquid as though they were pills. I actually enjoy the taste of raw garlic, but I didn’t want it to linger on my breath. My blood pressure had elevated slightly due to being told my daughter might have downs syndrome. I had an AFP test which if I’d known what its purpose was I would rather have skipped but it was off so I went to a special ultrasound doctor who said the baby was normal but the blood flow of the main artery to my uterus was restricted for some reason or another which caused the test to be off. She was undersized for gestation. Soon after I read about garlic for improving circulation. In one month, since I was now scheduled for monthly ultrasounds, the blood flow was normal and she was large for gestation. Also my blood pressure was normal again as well. However, a halved clove might be too big to get down for some but cut up and swallowed rather than chewed is preferable for those who don’t like the taste/smell.

    • I’ve read that consistantly eating plain/raw garlic can harm your stomach, can’t vouche for the vaildity, but it said you can use a TS of olive oil with it to ease the stomach

  9. My husband and I eat a teaspoon of raw organic garlic with some organic hummus in the morning as part of a our “Get Healthy” program. I love garlic as much as anyone reading this post, but was not ready for the raw aspect. Now I look forward to it. I mince up a batch at a time and store with organic olive oil in an air-tight container. If you have trouble eating it try mincing it and eat with the hummus.

  10. This is a great post, but the one thing I didn’t see was olive oil. I take a small skillet, pour 1 or 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (make sure it’s really extra virgin – it should have a certification on the back of the bottle), heat the oil on medium heat. Then I move the heat to low (simmer) and throw in 3 or 4 or 5 cloves, minced and CRUSHED. Crushing the garlic (with a thick bladed knife) is what releases all of its healing properties. That’s also the easiest way to shed the outer layer. I remove the green stem in the middle as well. I heard this green stem is very bitter. Also, make sure the garlic doesn’t burn or it loses it’s benefits. Just simmer until it’s nice and translucent – 2 or 3 minutes usually.

    • Christopher – Thank you for your tips! I have heard that alicin (sp?) (the healing compound in garlic) is changed upon heating. Do you know anything about this?

  11. i eat raw garlic every day! 2-4 cloves a day with a saltine cracker – maybe a lil bit of cottage cheese to dull the sting, I love it! but I hate onions! I will no way eat any onion unless cooked, raw onions suck! but for strange reason Garlics rule! I love them!

  12. Having read so much about garlic I have started taking everyday 4 cloves of it raw with water and some time with honey,will wait and see what benifits I am going to reap in near future.

  13. Garlic does lose its healing properties when heated. You have to eat it raw and fresh. Still healthy probably when You cook with it ( I love raw garlic and cooking with it) but there is a HUGE difference between the benefits of raw and cooked garlic. When heated it alters it’s enzymes and loses some of the health benefits completely.

  14. Interesting article.

    When I was about 4, my great-uncle and I used to have fun eating raw garlic cloves, then chaseing the girls around demanding kisses! Great fun for a four year old boy!

    But more than fourty years later chewing up the garlic is so painful I can’t bring myself to do more than a tiny bit at a time. I can’t remember if anything was done to the garlic when I was young to make it more paletable, or if my sensitivity has risen over the years.

    :(

  15. When I was about 18 (late 70s), I went to a wine harvest in Germany and the Yugoslavian (one country back then) guys used to eat raw garlic dipped in a little pile of salt that they put on their plate. This is how I eat it to this day, great with wine and much easier than pure raw garlic (for me). You’re still smelly the next day, especially because this way you can eat more!

  16. I love all the post I’m not able to chew it but what I do it’s minice it and take it down with the vegetable juices that I juice.

  17. Smoothie: 1 Banana, 2 Carrots (small), 2 Celery Stalks, 1/2 Cup Frozen Apricots, 10 Almonds, Almond Milk, Apple Juice, 4 Garlic Cloves, mmm, mmm.

  18. My daughter had warts–both flat warts on her forehead and regular warts on her hands. After trying OTC medication, which did nothing for the warts, for 3-4 weeks, each night I sliced a garlic clove and rubbed the juice on her warts. In 4 weeks they were GONE. I am convinced garlic kills the viruses that cause warts.

  19. G am currently undergoing cancer Treatment. My blood counts are low and after researching i found out that garlic can do wonders. Problem is i cant take it crushed but hidden in a ripe banana and swallow. Would that be considered healthy

  20. I had a terrible cold and was in bed for 2 days and tried your garlic tea. Wow!!!! I feel great and now a true believer in using garlic every day. Thank you.

  21. I enjoy plain garlic tea. I place two or three chopped cloves into the top section of a Chinese tea cup, (which has holes and can be removed) then pour boiled water, leave to steep for a few minutes. I then remove the top section with the garlic and drink the tea.Delicious. I even eat the garlic cloves afterwards, which are no longer too spicy and quite sweet to eat.

  22. I just wanted to thank everyone for the garlic and butter on toast idea. I’ve had the worst cold for days now but after a few slices of toast with garlic and butter on I am gradually feeling better. I’ve also eaten a few raw cloves of garlic but I did not enjoy them as much…however, I’m going to make garlic a more prominent part of my diet from this day forward. I’ve got to say I underestimated it!

  23. The best way for me is to grind up 3 cloves, put them in a cup, and pour 4 oz of V8 juice in. Then eat with a spoon like a cold soup. It’s actually good that way & I look forward to it in the AM (and I’m somebody who doesn’t like a lot of foods like cheeses, mayo, relish, etc).

  24. Having often read of the health value of garlic, I wanted a way to eat a clove a day without having garlic breath. So I put the clove in a cup of water and microwave it for 2 minutes. Then I eat the garlic and drink the water. I started this about a year ago, and (perhaps coincidentally) a nite-time pain in one shoulder, and a pain in my left little finger (while playing the piano) stopped almost immediately. I am 84 years young, still active hiking and have no joint pains.

  25. We eat raw garlic every day, 1 clove chopped up & swallowed with water. We also love the way the spanish eat it for breakfast:- ciabatta bread, crushed garlic, sliced tomatoes & olive oil drizzeled over it! So good! Also toast honey & crushed garlic! Enjoyed reading all the new recipes which we will be trying out this weekend!

  26. Garlic rules OK! Why don’t the government advertise the benefits of raw garlic? I think because they wouild loose so much tax on colds/flu medication which sales would decrease if everyone ate raw garlic daily?

  27. My old man is eating daily, 2 raw cloves “On A Spoon” and then glass of lukewarm water for last 35 years. He is 75 now and never had fever, cold. He reckons its garlic that has kept him going.

  28. Thank all of you for all the suggestions. I just put 3 garlic cloves in water for tea and nuked it, they taste better. Thank you Laurie

  29. I am 73 years old man and a diabetic patient. I have also gone under By-Pass-Heart Surgery. I learn about uses and benefits of GARLIC in this article and several other articles. Now I taking 2-3 Garlic Cloves every day with marry biscuits early in the morning and feeling for last one year and enjoying normal life.

    (B.P. MAHAUR)

  30. I love garlic. About every other day I mince up 2 big cloves. I spread some mayo on bread and sprinkle with garlic! I fold it over and viola! Garlic sandwich. If it’s too powerful I dip it in balsamic vinegar. :)

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