💪 IMMUNE SUPPORT #1: WILD GARLIC
Immune Support #1 is wild garlic or ramson. Wild garlic is a traditional harbinger of Spring and is now in season. No better time than now to get yourself outdoors and into Mother Nature’s woods, shady areas and damp places – search online for where you can find it near you.
Ramsons contain allicin, so are anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory and noted for defeating coughs, colds and other ailments. Garlic is a key nutrient for supporting immune function and its health benefits include vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Studies have also shown that it may help reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease
“Nine diseases shiver before the garlic”, was a saying in Sligo, Ireland, only 100 years ago. This points to the faith people placed in the herb to ward off many illnesses. This belief may have been reinforced during the 1918 global flu pandemic, when people carried around a clove in their pocket for protection.
Wild garlic paste couldn’t be simpler to make and immersing yourself in the fresh air and encountering all those healthful microbes to forage, gather and preserve wild garlic is a self-care and mindful living health benefit all in itself.
WILD GARLIC PASTE
1. Blitz 100g clean wild garlic leaves with enough good quality organic olive oil (2-4 tablespoons) to make a stiffish paste.
2. Pack tightly into a sterilised glass jar and top up with olive oil – ensure the surface is completely covered.
3. Store in the fridge and top with a little olive oil after each use.
4. Made in bulk, the garlic paste will keep for several months.
Add teaspoons to soups, casseroles, sauces, pesto, omelettes, quiches, anything potato (yum!), rice dishes, pasta dishes, butters for fish/grilled meats/steamed veggies, salad dressings.
Enjoy… and thank Mother Nature’s wisdom!
THE REAL FOOD SOLUTION
Our risk for contracting communicable diseases like the Covid-19 virus increases when our immune system is weak and a weakened immune system is largely the result of a less than optimal diet and an unsupportive lifestyle. Even as we are experiencing this current crisis, we are also seeing underlying epidemics of chronic diseases of every kind – diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, degenerative, digestive and autoimmune disorders across the globe. These conditions too, are largely diet and lifestyle-driven and they are preventable.
We need to act now
We have robust science to show us that what we eat has never been more important for our health and, because all life is inextricably connected, for our planet. The Real Food Solution will help you to discover the power of real food as medicine for better health.. for you and for our planet.
Crises like Covid-19 are a test our humanity… let’s stop queuing up for loo rolls and start creating a strong, resilient foundation of immune health… together.
Stay safe, stay informed and get empowered, Izabella