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Tuesday, January 3

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Garlic

We're kicking off a new series this year.....each month we will bring you a seasonally-appropriate herb, so that you can teach your children how to use natural medicines and preventative herbs.  (You can also learn alongside them!)   We hope you learn something and enjoy!
January's herb is garlic.....not just for vampires, garlic also helps to ward off illness!

Garlic
Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Garlic has smooth, thin green leaves, a large white bulb at the root, and tiny white or purple flowers.
  • Parts to use : Bulb
  • Used primarily for : Cold / flu, bronchitis, parasites, poor digestion or circulation
  • You can make : Food spice, tincture, oil, salve, juice, or use raw

Projects
  • Juice : Mash an entire garlic bulb and mix with 1 cup apple cider vinegar.  Mix well and let stand for a day or two.  Strain out garlic pieces.  Take ½ tsp every hour at first onset of illness, until feeling well.
  • Cough Poultice : Mash an entire garlic bulb (not just a clove) and mix with olive oil until it forms a thick paste.  Wrap paste inside a thin towel  (ask your parents for one that can get dirty), and place the wrapped towel on your chest.  Cover with heating pad and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  *Garlic can burn gentle skin, so if your skin gets too hot or red, remove the poultice.*
  • Food Paste : Press three to five cloves of garlic with a garlic press.  Mix in 1 Tbsp olive oil, to make it a thick paste.  Dip pieces of bread into your mixture, and enjoy a yummy, immune-boosting treat!
Do it Yourself!
  • DIY Resources :  Use the hardware resources listed below, along with dried garlic, a garlic press, and planting bulbs
  • Not ready to DIY? :   Try the Minced Garlic or Garlic Capsules.
  • Fun Bonus : Wearing a crushed garlic clove around your neck won’t just repel vampires…this folk remedy will truly keep the germs away!  Eating a raw garlic clove daily also keeps your immune system humming along.
Great to Have on Hand!
These materials are used frequently when working with herbs.
·         Olive Oil
·         Mortar & Pestle
·         Glass Tincture Jars
·         Glass Salve Jars
·         Glass Spray Jars

These materials are great resources for going even further with your learning.
·         Wildcraft Board Game
·         Herb Gardening Starter Kit
·         Kids’ Gardening Tool Set
·         Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
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