Garlic is almost transcendent defying being categorized. Is it an herb? A spice? A vegetable? It is even more romantic - it is a member of the lily family - Allium botanical group. This plant has been found in Pharaoh’s Tutu Kaman tomb, was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate -- a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. Garlic was believed to confuse the evil spirits and cause them to lose their way. And has played a role in mythology of keeping users safe from malevolent forces even up to keeping vampires and werewolves at bay.
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This is an interesting segue into looking at the vibrational signature of garlic:
"Garlic plays a major role in most cultures cuisine and no wonder, this noble bulb brings the energy of: affirming the divine light that dwells in your core, and using this inexhaustible source to warm your soul and in this light, you are protected from malevolent forces and able to protect others.
Garlic also offers the gift of respecting the freedom of those you love, teaching by example and holding space for others to find their way with out pushing them along before they are ready."
The very nature of garlic is pure light and is one of the healthiest foods on earth with many health giving properties - anti blood coagulation, antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, lowers cholesterol, anticancer properties and helps fight the common cold. Also, contains many trace minerals which are important for normal functioning of our metabolism, among them are copper, iron, magnesium, germanium, zinc and selenium.
Another benefit of garlic is it helps regulate the body’s blood pressure. So whether you have problems with low or high blood pressure, garlic can help equalize it.
Garlic contains many trace minerals which are important for normal functioning of our metabolism. Among them are copper, iron, magnesium, germanium, zinc and selenium.
Garlic contains Vitamins A and C, fiber and various amino acids.
According to Ayurveda the energy of this plant is spicy/hot and affects the lungs, kidney, spleen, stomach and colon as a tonic (helps to restore, tone and invigorate systems in the body or to promote general health and well-being). Maybe used for balancing Vata and Kapha doshas.
Remember incorporating garlic into your diet or using as a vibrational essence brings all gifts listed into your life on both a physical and energetic level.
Whole Roasted Garlic
1 – 3 heads of garlic. Peel (most of) the paper off the garlic, the loose, papery, outer layers around the head of garlic. Leave the head itself intact with all the cloves connected.
Trim about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of garlic to expose the tops of the garlic cloves.
Preheat oven to 325 and place garlic in a small baking dish, drizzle exposed tops with 1 to 2 teaspoon of olive (you may sprinkle with herbs like rosemary or thyme) for additional depth of flavor. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, when cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic from their coverings, crush cloves to desired texture add olive oil to taste. A pinch or two of sea salt is optional. Try serving as a spread for rustic bread.
Candice Covington is the author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice, former instructor at Ashmead College in Ayurvedic theory and aromatherapy, she is an aromatherapist for the Chopra Center. The founder of Divine Archetypes, an essential oil and flower essence company. An avid cook and forager, she lives on a farmette in Oregon City, Oregon with her partner, ducks, and many plants, cultivated and wild. This article is based off her upcoming book You Are What You Eat: A Vibrational Cookbook to be published by Inner Traditions.
 The difference between herbs and spices is where they are obtained from a plant. Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.