Wild Garlic

As the garlic grows, so will this entry! Now just small leavings peering out of the woodland leaf mulch, the garlic is pretty potent and entirely useable. With Wild Garlic the leaves are used as opposed to the bulbs, but with very similar properties. My favourite way of preparing it is to collect the leaves (and flower buds when they appear), chop them fine and macerate them in vinegar for a couple of weeks. This is then strained off to make a pretty pokey brew. It is full of fire, brings a sense of joy and energy to the spirit and helps clear the lungs of congestion.

Suggested dosage of wild garlic vinegar: 10 drops repeated as required

Wild garlic pesto

Combine a handful of wild garlic with a tablespoon of pine nuts. Blend with olive oil until smooth and add cheese of your choice, salt and pepper as you like.

Wild garlic and nettle soup

Fry onions until browned, add a little water and stock and fill the pan with nettles (mainly) and wild garlic (not so much – too strong). Both should be chopped in preparation or else it’s rather chewy. Cover and simmer on a low heat until all the fresh greens are reduced. I then blend this up with some freshly grated nutmeg and cream to make a rather delicious and energising soup.

Sensible Cautions:

Garlic is hot and firey, so naturally one shouldn’t overdo if you too are excessively hot and firey or have conditions that reflect this. Especially combined with vinegar, too much would not be a good idea in any inflammatory conditions of the gut or oesophagus, such as gastic ulcers.

Storage issues:

Garlic stored in oil is known for presenting a possible risk of botulism.

Drug interactions:

Garlic has antithrombitic, hypoglycaemic and anti-retroviral effects. Caution and professional guiadance is thus advised with warfarin, some HIV drugs, and in diabetes.

Side effects:

Prolonged contact with skin can cause a rash – Garlic also makes your breath smell.

ID Cautions:

Care not to confuse it with Cuckoo Pint (when young) or Lilly of the valley

Further Research

Article about Allicin. A little research about the medicinal compounds in garlic, and a bit more about the anti-cholesterol effect. There’s been some research about the effectiveness of allicin for MRSA, and even a little that support the assertion of an ‘energising the spirit‘ action. One trial specifically looked at wild garlic (most is on bulb garlic) and its effect on the certain pathogens in HIV.

Nice Garlicy Links:

An interesting monograph on garlic.

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Evidence sources: The descriptions here are drawn from traditional sources, biomolecular studies, personal clinical experience and small scale clinical trials. This page is intended for solely for information purposes and not as a substitute for personal advice from a qualified health care provider. For cautions when self-prescribing herbs see click here.