Garlic Scares Bad Bacteria, not just Vampires!

The power of garlic… I can not remember the last time I had a cold.  I work on a cruise ship, so this month, I was in the fascinating, energetic, Big Apple, the final day of the trip… sick as a dog!!!  After two weeks in Canada, the Bahamas and Disney, the icing on the cake for me was the Big Apple.  I had planned a Korean Body Scrub to top off two weeks of hard work and wondrous sites from Arctic, to Tropic to Fantasmic!

I woke up with Fever, Headache and a Body Ache from head to toe.  I had to cough but doing so felt like an anvil was striking my head!  So coughing was dainty little, ladylike coughs!

Listening to my body I could not eat and I decided to cancel the Korean Body Scrub. :(  Sitting in a hot tub or jacuzzi did not sound good, since my body was feverish, fighting bad bacteria or a virus, I did not want to open my pores and expose myself in a foreign city, walking the street, taking a cab, sitting in the airport, and getting on a plane.

I was getting desperate and I had already turned down ibuprofen because I do not take medication.  I called my friend, who has been a vegetarian fgarlicor 28 years.  Actually he would be called a pescatarian, because he eats fish, but I must give him the credit for this brew.  He told me to drink a cup of tea made with:

  • crushed garlic
  • lemon
  • cayenne
  • honey

So picture this, I am in New York city on the last day of my work.  I have no hotel, my flight leaves at 7:30pm, I got off the ship at 9am and I am feverishly sick.  Without my planned body scrub, that I have been looking forward to for weeks, what am I going to do with my time?

I walked to a deli that served breakfast.  I ordered a large OJ, it was all I thought I could keep down.  The waitress kept her facial expression friendly and brought a mug of OJ.  Thank God!  I tipped her well, just for being friendly to a sick lady!  My next stop was another Deli, this time a plate of watermelon.  The high water content to help cool down my body temperature.  I wanted to lay my head on the table.  I was still so sick I could barely walk, surrounded by people, energy, and the Statue of Liberty, all I could think about was sleep.  I was dragging at this point and it was only 11am.  What to do?

I have no hotel room to order room service.  Do I go into a restaurant like a “bag lady” pulling out garlic, honey, cayenne and lemon?  To put in a cup of hot water?

I was mortified by the thought, but I was so ill, I felt like if someone as much as bumped me, I would fall over face down in the middle of Time Square, to get stepped over or trampled… Decision made I walked to a Gourmet Market and bought everything needed.  I threw in a bag of cherries (energy breakfast) and a container of coconut water for electrolytes.  Coconut water is filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and enzymes.

My work team had all wisely chose a 3:30 flight and were getting in a cab when I returned.  Snap decision – go to the airport, change the flight and just make it to bed.  Two minutes in the airport, I got the bad news – all flights full until my 7:30pm flight.  No stand by available.

Called my friend, Rebecca, a live food vegan.  Twenty dollars later I was out of the cab and in her house.  I crumpled on the floor in her living room, with only enough energy to tell her what I needed in the tea.  God Bless her, she picked up the bag and scurried into her kitchen.  At some point in my fever induced oblivion, she got me off of the floor and to her room to lay across the bed and I fell into a deep sleep.

I awoke to a cup of scalding brew.  I don’t know if it was hotter from the heat of the water or the heat of the cayenne.  Rebecca had added fresh crushed ginger, so add ginger to the list above!  It was hard to drink so I sipped it.  My goal was to have it down the hatch in 15 minutes or less, so I could have more sleep time.  It didn’t taste too bad, she had heavily laced it with honey, to hide the bite of garlic!  Only half way through the cup of tea, I had already broke out into a sweat.  The garlic was so gruesome even my sweat was running away!  Garlic is no joke.  It is a natural antibiotic. I will share with you more about garlic in just a minute.

It took double the time I had anticipated, twenty minutes, but I got down every drop.  One hour and 30 minutes of sleep, I was up and getting ready to watch my New Yorker friend, hail a cab for me!  The fever broke and the headache was miraculously gone, Praise God, and I was feeling much better!

Eleven PM found me happily in my jammies and ensconced in my own bed.  I woke feeling refreshed and fantastic!

  • Fever gone? Check!
  • Body ache gone? Check!
  • Cough gone? Check!
  • Headache gone?  Check!

So what exactly did I take to kill that kind of killer combination of symptoms?  I was super impressed because it was done without medication, which would have ended up in my liver.

Let’s start with the garlic:  One website said, “Garlic has been attributed with miraculous healing and health-giving powers.  It has been scientifically proven that garlic lowers the levels of cholesterol; strengthens the immune system; prevents arteriosclerosis; purifies the blood; and has strong antibiotic and antifungal properties.  Garlic is very useful in the relief of bronchial coughs, asthma, head colds, as a laxative, to prevent intestinal gas, and to improve mental outlook.”

After reading several sites all hailing the benefits of garlic, I was so impressed with the properties, I would be willing to chew on cloves of it… if my nose would let me!  The smell alone makes vampires flee!  No wonder my sweat was running for shelter, I am sure those little bacteria beasties were beating a hasty path out of my body, however they could!  Probably hitched a ride through the sweat glands!

Now let’s check out ginger:  Ginger aids in Digestion, Alleviates High Blood Pressure, Treats Nausea, and Lowers LDL Cholesterol  But I think in my case, most important was that Ginger combines well with many herbs, improving taste and potency.

And this is what I found on cayenne:  “In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in–if they are still breathing–I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around).”  Dr. Christopher   In the same site it talked about the healing properties of cayenne for Digestion, the Heart, Skin conditions, and headaches!

So if your Grandma drank garlic, lemon tea, or Grandpa smelled of ginger, I will bet they were not quick to call for the doctor!

Now that I am feeling good as new, I can plot my next trip to New York in August and this time, I am having that Korean Body Scrub!

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