It is no secret that I love garlic for the flavor. It adds an extra aroma and taste to dishes, but people forget garlic is a form of plant medicine. Inside these little bulbs is something called allicin. These sulfenic acids are what boosts the plant to be considered a medicine. The best way to get immune support from this lovely plant is through eating it!
Because I love garlic it is easy for me to put it in everything. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this plant medicine.
Fermented Garlic in Honey
Honey is the perfect pairing for garlic. Some people suggest pairing minced garlic with a spoonful of honey if you’re fighting of a cold or flu. Of course, that isn’t for the faint of stomach! If you want to mix garlic with honey it is easier on the tummy to ferment it. I found Colorado Hemp Honey to have a great recipe for fermentation. If you use hemp honey, you’ll also gain the benefit of CBD compounds.
Garlic Infused Olive Oil
Don’t be tricked! You can’t just put fresh garlic into oil—and, bingo-bango infused oil. This is because fresh garlic (or any herb) left in oil at room temperature for hours can cause botulism to form. The oil and garlic must be heated and infused together.
I make my infused oil using a crockpot. I normally use a full bulb of peeled garlic and 8oz of olive oil. Placing the garlic on the bottom pour in your oil and cook on low for 8 hours. Make sure to check on your oil every few hours. I have burned a few batches, sometimes it only takes 6-7 hours. Sterilize jars or containers you plan on using. Let the oil cool and take out the garlic cloves, you can use those over the next few days. Once the oil is cooled pour it into your containers. Try to use your oil up in a month or so.
Mix with Sandwich Toppings
If your stomach can handle raw garlic, like mine, add it to everything! I’ve minced garlic and added it to a smooched avocado, and also, I’ve added it to mayonnaise. Garlic is a great addition to any sandwich. You can also take the cooked garlic from making oil, mince it, and mix it for more sensitive stomachs.
My first act of self-care was in the 90s: it was buying a lip gloss and stinky lotion. This event coincided with a deep clinical depression. The kind that left me hospitalized and physically scarred for life. I didn’t grow-up in a time when mental illness was talked about much; even my own family didn’t know about my struggles. Self-care and self-love were foreign to me until I started practicing/teaching yoga in my 20s. As the world rotates so does our basic understanding of mental health. At times it is hard talking about being on medication and monthly therapy sessions because some people are still to scared to hear about it. Closed ears are closed minds…hopefully they can be changed.
Because wellness and self-love are becoming big in the mainstream world many lives that may not have been touched with mindfulness practices are now being exposed. Studies about the use of yoga and meditation are showing millions how important mental health is. New small companies are helping out by creating trends for customers to learn about mindfulness. In the past few years I’ve fallen in love with self-care/self-love practices that can be used by anyone. So have many people in the quest for better mental and physical health, no matter underlying conditions or the lack thereof. For people who are always searching for new ways of treating themselves to a big dose of love subscription boxes have been helpful. I recently fell in love with the Loti Wellness Box and decided they are a perfect partner for my press.
I received my first box yesterday. My friend Alex, a fellow yoga instructor, unboxed it with me before our meal of tacos, and evening candle making session. Our first impressions; pure joy, excitement, and inquisitiveness on how these wellness items would help customers learn mindfulness. As yoga instructors we both love the practice of being mindful, but as normal people it can be hard to fit in practices to everyday life.
Part of why this box stands out is the Mindfulness Practice Workbook. There are basic exercises that anyone can do to infuse mindfulness into their days. Such as walking meditations, body scan visualizations, breathing routines, and even how to mindfully drink tea! I won’t spill all the good stuff in the workbook, but I will say it is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. The back cover has a tracker so you can make the practices into great habits.
Other items in this box follow the same vein to help you live a mindful lifestyle. Caring for the body externally and internally is extremely important.
In my Loti Box I received a White Clay Exfoliating Mask/Scrub that is handcrafted in Vancouver, made by Merlette. This can be used on all sorts of skin types. I’ll be using it as an evening mask/scrub to help bring down a little inflammation caused by hormones. Personally, I like mixing this kind of mask with water, but it can also be mixed with yogurt or honey!
Another item in the box to treat your skin is a Mere Botanicals solid hand and body balm. Mine is infused with Calendula and Lemongrass; it smells like candy. Bars like this are awesome because a little goes a long way, just use the skin’s heat to melt the bar. What I really love about this is the container is metal, not plastic, so I’ll reuse it when the bar is gone.
Internal health items that came with the box are, Tease tea, and a cute pink tea diffuser. The self-care elixir is a Morninga Herbal Tisane, created with ayurvedic herbs. I’m excited to drink this caffeine free tea, and even more excited that this bag has 35 cups of tea in it!
This box didn’t forget how important curating a Zen space is. One of my favorite items is a Sage Smudge Spray created by Simple is Essential. The lightly scented spray has quartz crystals in it to help release negative energy. I’ll probably keep this in my bag for use in the car.
The last items in the box were Nature’s Garden Frankincense Incense created by Auroshikha and incense holder. I really love the handmade paper packaging and natural flowers used. These sticks smell great, made with high quality frankincense, my only concern is if I burn them when my partner is home it maybe too strong. So, I may wait to burn this inside for when the weather warms up and windows can be opened!
Overall, I just wanted to share one of the many tools that can be used for wellness. This Loti Box is great for anyone who is looking to infuse their life with a dose of self-love. I wish when I was younger that I could have subscribed to a box like this and taken care of myself from the inside-out.