The Benefits of Garlic | Yoga of Eating

Updated: Jan 26

Garlic is used to flavor cuisines around the world , all the way from China to South America. Garlic's use as a spice and medicine was mentioned in ancient texts from China, Egypt, India, Rome and Greece.

In Ayurveda*, Garlic has traditionally been used for disorders including gas and bloating, parasites, coughs, colds, asthma, heart disease, skin diseases and more.

Even though it's a powerful detoxifier and a great rejuvenative herb, its heaty quality can aggravate the blood and may aggravate or be the cause of bleeding.

Garlic could enhance the body's Immunity and because of its ability to balance and or reduce toxins ( ama ) and kapha ( Earth and water ) could help in lowering blood cholesterol and helps in reducing clotting.

Since Garlic has the ability to induce passion, it is not recommended for Yogis and is suggested to be best avoided by people who are practicing a spiritual path or a Yogic lifestyle .

When consuming Garlic, for maximum benefit, it's highly recommended to keep the body cool by avoiding activities such as too much exercise, anger, sauna etc as garlic can be very heating for the system and could aggravate Pitta related imbalances such as rashes, acidity, heart burn etc.

One should avoid Garlic during pregnancy. and when one is having symptoms such as certain skin issues, bleeding issues, hyperacidity, blood pressure due to heat , ulcers etc.

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*Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of traditional natural healing in the world. Also known as the sister of Yoga, it stresses deeply on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health.

Ayurveda believes that there are three bio energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ) and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health .


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