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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.


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.


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?

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  • Eating raw garlic for brain tumor GBM grade 4 hoping for good medicinal outcome.

    Judy Matthews Morrison October 18, 2017 AT 1:48 am
  • The toast and garlic is delicious I just had someone to try and it’s amazing it’s toast with a bigger kick of flavour and more spice I love it ❤️

    Aaliyah September 30, 2017 AT 5:54 pm
  • I’m slowly getting into eating garlic but it’s cooked and was wondering can it be eaten raw and that’s how I came onto your ‘site here. I’m so excited with all of the ideas on how to have raw garlic and it’s from here that I’m leaving until I report back on my progress with RAW GARLIC.
    A very happy and restful Easter to all garlic lovers out there. Brendan

    Brendan Fahy April 16, 2017 AT 11:18 am
  • I like raw garlic, with lemon juice, raw honey,and grape seed oil.

    Sabrina February 27, 2017 AT 11:11 am
  • Best article ever!! These ideas are priceless!!! Thank yoooouuuu

    Alexa Moradi January 26, 2017 AT 5:06 pm
  • How can I mask the after smell of garlic on my breath? I’m taking 2 pods chopped up with a tablespoon of raw honey but the after taste is pretty strong.

    Jim Austin December 15, 2016 AT 11:57 am
  • I consume a lot of garlic. Lately I have purchased jars of pickled raw garlic in oil or vinegar as a daily snack.
    If you can help me I want to make my own. Vendors ask too much money for the pickled garlic.
    I learned from Jon Barron a drink I can handle in the am consisting of all organic, 1 lemon, 1 lime, and 1 orange with there peels on, small onion, raw frozen (myself), garlic, ginger, and tumeric, frozen wheat grass, organic virgin olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar. A good detox and immune builder.

    Stephen September 26, 2016 AT 11:08 am
  • I just began downing a clove in the morning on an empty stomach and l am happily looking forward to great outcomes. Please be well! Bernie

    Bernie February 26, 2016 AT 3:16 pm
  • hi i came down with the flue and chest infecsion my mum told me about the garlic she used it on us and in our foods and her mum befor that and so on.
    I use crush garlic bit of olive oil honey and put it on toast in the morning and in soup and garlic tea no sugar . in 2 days i feel like new no doctors . its amazing i use it on my kids now and they love it i make garlic sauses and dips and put it in most of our dinners and my kids are right as rain and parents at school cnt understand why our kids dnt get sick so i pasted on some of my mums garlic recipets
    i want to take this on and look up more things old remmerdies are the best

    Roy January 31, 2016 AT 10:10 am

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