How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

Last update: 04 March, 2021

Making garlic oil at home is great for having a rather versatile product at hand. This is because it’s ideal for seasoning dishes while improving health. This isn’t as popular as other oils and yet it concentrates nutrients and properties that can contribute to your overall well-being. Have you ever tried it?

What is garlic oil?

Garlic oil is a natural product you can make at home from garlic bulbs and vegetable oils. Its flavor is great and you can season meats, salads, stews, and many other dishes with it.

Likewise, due to its nutritional quality and properties, you can also use it as a complementary remedy to improve your health. It doesn’t have extraordinary properties but its moderate consumption can contribute to the prevention and treatment of some diseases.

Nutritional properties of garlic

Garlic is highly valuable due to its nutritional quality. According to information from the Food Database published by the US Department of Agriculture, it contains:

  • Fiber
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1 In smaller quantities

In addition, an article published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine reveals that garlic has other healthy compounds, such as allicin, which is immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.

A Garlic Oil Recipe

As we mentioned above, you only need fresh garlic bulbs and olive oil, preferably extra virgin to make garlic oil. In addition, we suggest using a little freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best results.

Ingredients

  • 6 heads of garlic
  • 2 c. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 c. of lemon juice
  • A glass bottle

Preparation

  • The first thing you should do is wash the garlic well with plenty of warm water and let it sit for 20 minutes without stirring
  • After, proceed to remove the skin from each clove until it is all gone, place the cloves on a small baking sheet, and set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cook the garlic for 15 minutes, and then let it cool down a bit
  • Add the lemon juice to a container and then the garlic, the juice will neutralize the strong smell
  • Then, pour the extra virgin olive oil into the container and mix it with the garlic and lemon
  • Return it to the oven, at the same temperature, for five more minutes
  • Remove it, let it cool down and then, strain it
  • Finally, pour the garlic into the glass container

Uses of garlic oil

You can use the product obtained by mixing garlic with olive oil to season recipes. Beyond this, you can also use it as an ally to promote your health. Of course, it isn’t a first-line treatment for diseases and it isn’t a medication.

Garlic is great as part of a healthy diet. For example, a review published in Nutrition Research Reviews suggests that garlic powder, aged garlic, and garlic oil have antiplatelet and anticoagulant effects. Thus, they may contribute to better blood circulation and cardiovascular health.

Meanwhile, research in the medical journal Advances in Therapy indicates that garlic supplements can reduce the number of colds by 63% when compared to a placebo. This is apparently due to its ability to stimulate the immune system.

It’s also a good ally in minimizing the impact of free radicals in the body. In fact, the Journal of Nutrition suggests that its antioxidants protect the body against oxidative damage, which reduces the risk of premature aging and disease.

As you can see, garlic oil goes beyond gastronomy. Its moderate consumption, for example, one teaspoon daily, contributes to promoting health. In any case, it isn’t a treatment for diseases, only an adjuvant to maintain your well-being.

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How to make garlic oil

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Although it is one of the most important ingredients in all of the culinary arts, garlic nevertheless seems to mystify us when it comes to classifying it—is it an herb, spice, or vegetable? The simple answer is that garlic is a member of the lily family, along with onions, shallots, and leeks. Its intense and unique flavor and aroma make it a mainstay of cuisines around the world, nearly indispensable in just about every form of Asian, European, African, Latin American, and North American cooking. Most of the garlic sold in the United States comes from China with a small percentage grown in California. Garlic is often cooked, but can also be incorporated raw into recipes.

What Is Garlic?

Garlic grows underground in the form of a bulb. (Its long green shoots produce flower stalks called scapes, which can be eaten.) Covered in an inedible papery skin, the bulb, or head as it is more often referred to, is comprised of individual sections called cloves, and there can be anywhere from 10 to 20 cloves per head. These cloves are themselves enclosed in a paperlike skin, which needs to be removed, and the pale yellowish flesh within is the part of the garlic that is used in cooking and can be cut in a variety of ways.

Garlic, which is inexpensive, is generally used as a flavoring ingredient in recipes rather than as the main ingredient itself. An exception to this is roasted garlic, which can be eaten as a spread or condiment.

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

How to Cook With Garlic

There is probably no end to the uses and potential uses of garlic in the culinary arts. It can be part of dishes that are sautéed, baked, roasted, and braised, and it is added to soups, sauces, marinades, spice rubs, and stir-frys. Garlic is also minced and used as a flavoring in sausages, meatballs, and other ground meat preparations. The entire head of garlic can be roasted whole and the tender cloves used as a spread or added to a soup or sauce.

Before adding garlic to a recipe, the papery skin needs to be removed. There are several tricks to accomplish this task, the simplest being to gently press down on the clove with the flat side of a large knife; the skin should easily peel off. Once you have the bare clove, you will need to slice, chop, mince, grate, press, or crush the garlic. For some techniques, you can use a knife but others require a special tool.

It is important to note that the more you handle your garlic, the more the compound called allicin, a pungent chemical, is released. Therefore, if you grate your garlic using the small holes on a box grater, or puree it in a food processor, your garlic will be much more pungent than if it were sliced. If you want to mince garlic without a knife, pressing the cloves with the tines of a fork will produce better results than a grater or food processor.

When cooking garlic, it is important you watch carefully because it can burn quickly—especially when it is chopped small.

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What Does It Taste Like?

When eaten raw, garlic has a powerful, pungent flavor. For that reason, it’s customary to cook it in some way before serving it, which mellows the flavor considerably. Roasting garlic changes the flavor and texture significantly, resulting in creamy cloves with a nutty, mild taste.

As garlic is one of the most popular ingredients in cooking, there are endless recipes including garlic. But if you would like the garlic to be the star of the dish, choose a recipe with garlic in the title. We may all be familiar with garlic bread and garlic knots, a simple pasta with garlic, and a garlic aioli (mayonnaise), but there are plenty of other dishes from around the world that highlight garlic, from compound butter to cold soups to braised chicken dishes.

Garlic Recipes

  • Chinese Dry Garlic Spareribs
  • Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
  • Spicy Pickled Garlic

Where to Buy Garlic

Garlic is readily available at the supermarket in the produce section along with the onions and potatoes. It is sold individually as full heads (and sometimes as multiple heads in netted pouches). Make sure to choose heads that are firm—you don’t want any soft cloves. Also reject garlic that shows signs of mold (powdery, dark patches) and heads that have sprouted as this means they are older and not as fresh.

Garlic is also sold in jars with olive oil, either as whole, peeled cloves or minced cloves. You will also find it in different forms, such as freeze-dried and garlic powder. Keep in mind that anything other than fresh garlic will taste different, and some products may have added ingredients.

It is easy to grow garlic in either the garden or in containers. To plant in the garden, simply place the individual cloves in the soil in either the spring or fall (depending on where you live). For containers, you need to plant in the fall and harvest in the summer while keeping the soil amply watered.

Storage

Whole heads of garlic should be kept unpeeled, placed in an open container (like a garlic keeper, a miniature ceramic pot with holes for air circulation), and kept away from other foods in a cool, dry place. When stored this way, garlic will keep for up to three months. The jars of garlic in oil should be placed in the refrigerator and will last around three months.

Nutrition and Benefits

Before garlic became a prominent ingredient, it was used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years to both treat and prevent illness. Garlic may be beneficial to our cardiovascular system by reducing blood pressure and lowering levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.   It is known to contain antioxidants that can help protect against cell damage and aging, which may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.   Garlic has also shown to help prevent and reduce the severity of the common cold and the flu.

How to make garlic oil

Highlights

Here are 9 amazing ways you can put the garlic oil into use –

1. Treats AcneGarlic oil can serve as a great remedy to treat acne. Garlic contains selenium, allicin, vitamin C, copper and zinc, all of which can boost your skin health. Zinc especially has abilities to control sebum production, which is a major contributor to acne. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic further relaxes the skin. Just combine a few drops of garlic oil to a mud pack. Apply the smooth paste on your face. Let it rest for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

How to make garlic oil: Garlic oil can serve as a great remedy to treat acne2. Immunity BoosterAccording to the book Healing Foods, garlic oil is antibiotic in nature and can be used to treat cold and cough. In India especially, garlic oil has been long used to treat infections and fever. Rich in immunity-boosting nutrients like vitamins C, B1, and B6, allicin, iron, and phosphorous, garlic oil is a great remedy to boost overall health. Have home-made garlic oil or garlic oil capsules as per the recommended dosage and see the wonders for yourself.

How to make garlic oil

3. Relieves Ear InfectionGarlic oil for ear infections is another traditional remedy your mothers and grandmothers would vouch for. And they have a good reason for it too. The strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties fight against bacterial infection, while also easing the pain caused by the nasty infection. Mix a few drops of garlic oil with a few drops of olive or mustard oil and warm it on low heat. Let it cool, and store the concoction in a small bottle. Carefully dab your cotton in the oil, just a bit, or you can also sprinkle a few drops on the cotton ball and place it inside your ears for some time. Remove the cotton ball immediately if the pain persists, or is worsening the infection.(Also Read: Home Remedies for Ear Pain)

How to make garlic oil

4. Natural Mosquito RepellentFed up of mosquitoes hovering around your house? Most market-based repellents fail to do their job efficiently, which is why it is best to make your own home-based natural mosquito repellent. You need just some drops of garlic oil and a cotton pad. Rub the cotton pad on your skin and walk free without the fear of mosquitoes running after your blood. Garlic oil works very well to keep the nasty mosquitoes at bay due to its smell. You can also spray it around to ward off mosquitoes. A patch test on your skin is recommended to avoid any allergic reaction.(Also read: 8 Genius Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites That Really Work!)How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: You need just some drops of garlic oil and a cotton pad5. Relieves ToothacheToothaches can be quite nasty. You can’t eat anything or even sit in peace because of the excruciating pain that refuses to fade away. Here again garlic oil can help. The active compound allicin helps reduce tooth pain and inflammation and also bacterial activity thereby prevents tooth decay. Sprinkle a few drops of garlic oil on a cotton ball, and press it in the affected toot area for about 15-20 minutes. This should ease your pain instantly.(Also read:4 Natural Home Remedies for Toothache)How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: Toothaches can be quite nasty6. Prevents Hair LossRich in sulphur, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin B1, garlic oil can not only prevent hair loss and damage but also strengthen hair roots and follicles, boosting faster hair growth. Regular oiling of your hair and scalp with garlic oil can improve blood circulation in the scalp area, further boosting hair health and preventing hair breakage and loss. For best result, massage your hair and scalp with garlic oil and leave it on overnight. Rinse it away with mild shampoo and water the next day.

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: garlic oil can not only prevent hair loss and damage but also strengthen hair roots and follicles7. Treats DandruffDandruff is nothing but the dry flakes of your scalp chipping away due to high inflammation under your scalp. Garlic oil with its high anti-inflammatory properties and sulphur helps calm inflamed skin, and prevents itchiness caused by dandruff. Massage your scalp thoroughly with garlic oil. Leave it overnight and rinse it off with cold water and shampoo the following day.

How to make garlic oil

8. Treats Itchy Skin AilmentsGarlic oil can be applied on the skin to treat a multitude of skin ailments. Due to its high anti-fungal properties, fungal infections, warts and corns can be kept at bay. Fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot can also be treated with garlic oil. Soak your feet in warm water bath and crushed garlic to get rid of the infection. For its high anti-inflammatory properties, it can also relieve itchy psoriasis outbreaks on your skin. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells combine and form scales and itchy, dry patches on the skin. Just dab and rub a little garlic oil on the affected areas and see the result for yourself.

How to make garlic oil

9. Natural Pesticides for Garden PestsFond of gardening? Protect your beloved plants from pesky garden pests with the help of garlic oil. Garden pests cannot stand the smell of garlic. Try making a home-made, all natural pesticide by combining garlic oil, water, liquid soap and mineral oil. Spray some of the concoction on your plants to keep the critters at bay. It is always good to make use your own pesticide so that you grow healthy plants. Ensure that you use the home-made pesticide every day.

How to make garlic oil

How to Make Garlic Oil

You would need 1 clove of garlic, and 1/4th cup of olive oil. Peel the clove of garlic and mince it. Transfer the minced garlic to a medium pan and add oil. Warm the oil slightly on the stove. Make sure you don’t overheat the oil, else you will end up burning it. Collect the oil in a small container with a lid. Let the oil and garlic infuse overnight .

About Sushmita Sengupta Sharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

How to make garlic oil

Highlights

Here are 9 amazing ways you can put the garlic oil into use –

1. Treats AcneGarlic oil can serve as a great remedy to treat acne. Garlic contains selenium, allicin, vitamin C, copper and zinc, all of which can boost your skin health. Zinc especially has abilities to control sebum production, which is a major contributor to acne. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic further relaxes the skin. Just combine a few drops of garlic oil to a mud pack. Apply the smooth paste on your face. Let it rest for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

How to make garlic oil: Garlic oil can serve as a great remedy to treat acne2. Immunity BoosterAccording to the book Healing Foods, garlic oil is antibiotic in nature and can be used to treat cold and cough. In India especially, garlic oil has been long used to treat infections and fever. Rich in immunity-boosting nutrients like vitamins C, B1, and B6, allicin, iron, and phosphorous, garlic oil is a great remedy to boost overall health. Have home-made garlic oil or garlic oil capsules as per the recommended dosage and see the wonders for yourself.

How to make garlic oil

3. Relieves Ear InfectionGarlic oil for ear infections is another traditional remedy your mothers and grandmothers would vouch for. And they have a good reason for it too. The strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties fight against bacterial infection, while also easing the pain caused by the nasty infection. Mix a few drops of garlic oil with a few drops of olive or mustard oil and warm it on low heat. Let it cool, and store the concoction in a small bottle. Carefully dab your cotton in the oil, just a bit, or you can also sprinkle a few drops on the cotton ball and place it inside your ears for some time. Remove the cotton ball immediately if the pain persists, or is worsening the infection.(Also Read: Home Remedies for Ear Pain)

How to make garlic oil

4. Natural Mosquito RepellentFed up of mosquitoes hovering around your house? Most market-based repellents fail to do their job efficiently, which is why it is best to make your own home-based natural mosquito repellent. You need just some drops of garlic oil and a cotton pad. Rub the cotton pad on your skin and walk free without the fear of mosquitoes running after your blood. Garlic oil works very well to keep the nasty mosquitoes at bay due to its smell. You can also spray it around to ward off mosquitoes. A patch test on your skin is recommended to avoid any allergic reaction.(Also read: 8 Genius Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites That Really Work!)How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: You need just some drops of garlic oil and a cotton pad5. Relieves ToothacheToothaches can be quite nasty. You can’t eat anything or even sit in peace because of the excruciating pain that refuses to fade away. Here again garlic oil can help. The active compound allicin helps reduce tooth pain and inflammation and also bacterial activity thereby prevents tooth decay. Sprinkle a few drops of garlic oil on a cotton ball, and press it in the affected toot area for about 15-20 minutes. This should ease your pain instantly.(Also read:4 Natural Home Remedies for Toothache)How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: Toothaches can be quite nasty6. Prevents Hair LossRich in sulphur, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin B1, garlic oil can not only prevent hair loss and damage but also strengthen hair roots and follicles, boosting faster hair growth. Regular oiling of your hair and scalp with garlic oil can improve blood circulation in the scalp area, further boosting hair health and preventing hair breakage and loss. For best result, massage your hair and scalp with garlic oil and leave it on overnight. Rinse it away with mild shampoo and water the next day.

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil: garlic oil can not only prevent hair loss and damage but also strengthen hair roots and follicles7. Treats DandruffDandruff is nothing but the dry flakes of your scalp chipping away due to high inflammation under your scalp. Garlic oil with its high anti-inflammatory properties and sulphur helps calm inflamed skin, and prevents itchiness caused by dandruff. Massage your scalp thoroughly with garlic oil. Leave it overnight and rinse it off with cold water and shampoo the following day.

How to make garlic oil

8. Treats Itchy Skin AilmentsGarlic oil can be applied on the skin to treat a multitude of skin ailments. Due to its high anti-fungal properties, fungal infections, warts and corns can be kept at bay. Fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot can also be treated with garlic oil. Soak your feet in warm water bath and crushed garlic to get rid of the infection. For its high anti-inflammatory properties, it can also relieve itchy psoriasis outbreaks on your skin. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells combine and form scales and itchy, dry patches on the skin. Just dab and rub a little garlic oil on the affected areas and see the result for yourself.

How to make garlic oil

9. Natural Pesticides for Garden PestsFond of gardening? Protect your beloved plants from pesky garden pests with the help of garlic oil. Garden pests cannot stand the smell of garlic. Try making a home-made, all natural pesticide by combining garlic oil, water, liquid soap and mineral oil. Spray some of the concoction on your plants to keep the critters at bay. It is always good to make use your own pesticide so that you grow healthy plants. Ensure that you use the home-made pesticide every day.

How to make garlic oil

How to Make Garlic Oil

You would need 1 clove of garlic, and 1/4th cup of olive oil. Peel the clove of garlic and mince it. Transfer the minced garlic to a medium pan and add oil. Warm the oil slightly on the stove. Make sure you don’t overheat the oil, else you will end up burning it. Collect the oil in a small container with a lid. Let the oil and garlic infuse overnight .

About Sushmita Sengupta Sharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

How to make garlic oil

Food is food, but food with flavour is way better. Using your own homemade garlic oil in your cooking and salads adds an abundance of flavour right at the start.

How to make garlic oil

Homemade Garlic Oil

I use so much olive oil in my cooking and as garlic appears in a great many of my recipes as well it seems only fitting to make my own garlic oil.

How to make garlic oil

Infused oils are available in lots of supermarkets but why buy it when you can make your own homemade garlic oil instead, it costs less and tastes great too.

Garlic

The flavour of garlic is unique and also strong. It can be overpowering. Raw garlic is far stronger in flavour than cooked garlic.

Once garlic and heat come together they dance and the strident heat that once was the main characteristic of the garlic mellows and becomes a creamy delicious flavour.

Like a grouchy guy meeting a sweet girl, her gentleness softens his edges and raises a smile where a frown once sat.

Garlic and botulism

There was a lot of talk about botulism with using garlic in oils. But please note we are removing the garlic here. We are also heating the oil with the garlic which kills the bacteria.

How to make garlic oil

What type of oil

I am using olive oil. It’s my favourite oil and if living on the Greek island of Crete taught me anything it was always use the oil YOU love for cooking.

I love the flavour of olive oil as well as all it’s amazing health benefits. however, you can infuse any oil you like with garlic.

Why not try rapeseed oil or vegetable oil. Garlic infused oil is for you to use so choose your favourite oil as a base.

Ingredients for infused garlic oil

There are only 2 ingredients here. Olive oil and garlic. That’s it. Don’t you just love a simple recipe!

How to make garlic oil

How to make garlic oil

Peel the garlic cloves. There is no need to do any chopping or mincing. Just peel the skins off the individual cloves of garlic.

I heat my oil with the peeled garlic and let it simmer for 20 minutes. I don’t boil the oil or have it on a high heat.

We don’t want the garlic to colour up as that would make the oil very strong. Here we are going for a simple infusion.

Remove the pan from the heat, pop on a lid and let it just sit there for an hour and cool completely.

Pour the garlic-infused oil through a sieve into a jug and then carefully pour into a sterilised glass bottle .

Pro tip

Don’t use a plastic bottle for this garlic oil. The plastic itself will leach the flavour from the garlic oil. You will end up with a weaker infused oil and a very smelly plastic bottle.

How to make garlic oil

Adding herbs to infused oil

You can add other flavours to your garlic oil. Rosemary goes particularly well. In fact, rosemary and garlic oil is my winter stanby for booking.

It adds a great punch of flavour when I’m starting on a base for any soup or stew.

The more robust herbs make the best dancing partners for garlic. Think of the woody-stemmed herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme.

Rosemary goes particularly well. In fact, rosemary and garlic oil is my winter standby for cooking. It adds a great punch of flavour when I’m starting on a base for any soup or stew.

Adding spices to garlic oil

Why not go for garlic and chilli oil. Other spices like coriander, cumin and turmeric all work well with garlic. Have a bit of fun and come up with your own infused cooking oils and give your cooking that personal touch.

How long does garlic oil keep

Your homemade garlic oil will keep for up to a month. Keep it in a cool dark place.

If you have olive oil in the fridge it will solidify. No problem. just remove it from the fridge and let it come up to room temperature and it will run clear once more.

How to make garlic oil

How to use homemade garlic oil

I love using this oil as a basis for almost any savoury dish. Instead of using plain oil use your garlic oil.

And I just love using it for simple fried eggs.

Use it as a salad dressing too of course.

For roasting a chicken, pork or veggies. Sprinkle first with your garlic oil to ramp up the flavours while the oven does the work.

And it’s just perfect for making a homemade garlicky mayonnaise, check out my Aioli recipe .

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Once you learn how to make garlic oil it can be used both medicinally and for culinary practices. This potent oil is for garlic lovers only!

Hippocrates and many other historical healers mention the use of garlic (Allium sativum) for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Today we know it good for the heart, high blood pressure and even can help regulate high blood pressure. It can also combat Candida albicans when used medicinally.

Fresh garlic is always best to obtain the highest nutrional and medicinal value!

Here’s a very simple fresh garlic oil recipe:

    Find a glass jar (with a tight fitting lid) about the same size as the amount of oil you wish to make.

Peel and mince enough fresh garlic to nearly fill the jar.

Cover the garlic with high quality, organic, cold pressed olive oil. Using preferable a wooden stir stick (chopsticks or skewers work great) gently stir the mixture to release any air bubbles.

Make sure the garlic is completely submerged in the olive oil then cap tightly.

Label & date the jar then store in a warm place for 3 – 5 days.

  • After at least 3 days have passed, strain the mixture and keep in a cool, dark place. It should last about 6 months if stored properly.
  • This oil can be used in the kitchen freely!

    This fresh garlic oil also makes a great spring tonic or blood purifier when used in medicinal doses. (Please check with your doctor before using herbs medicinally!)

    The dosage would be anywhere from a few drops of garlic oil up to 1/2 teaspoon 3 times daily. Keep this up for 2 – 3 weeks for a complete cleansing. Be aware that when your ingesting this much fresh garlic oil you’re going to smell like your trying to ward off vampires! This in mind, it might be good for everyone in your household to do this at the same time. Chewing on fresh parsley, sucking on cloves or drinking wheatgrass juice can help with your breath but it probably won’t help with the odor coming out of your pores.

    Another option would be to buy a garlic oil supplement but I believe nothing has the same effect as something that is fresh and homemade!

    If you enjoyed this page on how to make garlic oil you might also enjoy my generic page on making homemade oils!

    Oh yeah, another garlic oil remedy to fight off colds and flu is to rub the oil into your feet before bed, slip on a thick pair of socks and get a good night’s sleep. This is great for children who don’t like the taste of garlic. Haven’t tried this myself but let me know if you have!

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    I sooo love garlic! Here’s one of my favorite garlic recipes I got off a website.

    Garlic Knot Recipe

    Ingredients
    1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
    1/3 cup garlic infused olive oil (can’t wait to try the garlic infused oil recipe!)
    6 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
    5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 teaspoon salt

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

    2. Roll out pizza dough to form a 10×16 inch sheet of dough. Cut the sheet into 3/4 inch parallel strips. Then cut these strips in half making about 24 pieces. Tie each strip into a knot and place these knotted strips of dough close together in a greased pan.

    3. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown. Remove the knots from the oven, place them in a big bowl. While the knots are still hot, drizzle them with garlic olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic, cheese, parsley, red pepper and salt. Toss well and serve while still warm.

    While I agree wholeheartedly with the healing benefits of garlic and other infusions, ther is a caveat. Potential botulism.

    Garlic Infused Oil is the PEFECT cooking companion for those implementing the low FODMAP diet in their lives. Cooking whilst on a low FODMAP diet can be a tricky one. This is especially true for those who are following a Vegan or Vegetarian diet. Almost every Vegan dish is flavoured with either garlic, or onion. Therefore, eliminating garlic from your diet can have a huge impact to the flavour of many of your favourite simple & delicious dishes.

    If you have made the commitment to a low FODMAP diet, then I 100% recommend making some Garlic Infused Oil. It will take you less than 5 minutes to make, and will add that extra oomph of flavour to your Vegan Low FODMAP Cooking (wow now that’s a niche!!)

    Garlic Infused Oil – Monash University App

    First and foremost, if you have chosen to follow the low FODMAP diet then I highly recommend that you download the App developed by Monash University. We decided to follow a low FODMAP diet for 1 to 2 weeks. I downloaded the App and developed a Vegan low FODMAP meal plan for 1 week for us. It was here on the app that I found the recommendation to replace garlic in your cooking with garlic infused oil.

    Infusing The Oil

    To make garlic infused oil, simply peel your cloves of garlic and roughly chop into large pieces. Here I have used 3 extra large cloves (about 3cm in length each). You want the pieces to be large enough so that it is easy to fish them out of the oil afterwards.

    Use fresh garlic

    Peel & chop into large pieces

    For the amount of garlic above, use approximately half to 1 cup of oil. You can use any type of oil you like (olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil etc). Just remember that whatever oil you use, cooking the oil will develop those flavours. If you like the flavour of olive oil, or maybe even coconut oil, then you may choose to use one of these. I have used both olive oil & canola oil, and both result in a delicious garlic aroma.

    Add fresh garlic to warm oil

    Simmer for approximately 3 to 4 minutes

    Heat your oil in a saucepan and add the fresh garlic. Don’t let the oil get too hot, but warm enough so that the garlic will simmer. Simmer the garlic for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. The garlic will start to turn brown and look shrivelled. This means the garlic flavours have successfully been infused!

    Remove from heat and let the oil cool completely before removing from the garlic pieces. Store in an airtight container, and keep in your pantry for 1 to 2 weeks worth of low FODMAP cooking. Too easy!!

    You can also do this each time you cook, but with less garlic, and use the amount of oil required for cooking. Just follow the exact same process as outlined above.

    Garlic Infused Oil. When I was following a Vegan Low FODMAP meal plan, I made 1 cup of Garlic Infused Oil and kept it in my pantry for 2 weeks worth of cooking.

    Posted on Published: October 8, 2013 – Last updated: May 10, 2021 Categories Health, Natural Parenting, Natural Remedy

    Home » Garlic Oil For Ear Infections: Why You Should Make Your Own

    Garlic oil ear drops are simple to make and a great natural ear infection remedy. The following is a simple recipe for how to make garlic oil for ear infections: crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and mix with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Leave the mixture to steep for 30 minutes, and then strain out the garlic. Voila! You’ve made your own garlic ear drops!

    How to make garlic oil

    Once strained, put a drop or two in each ear every hour for a few days. Results are typically seen within the first few doses!

    Most people who have used this remedy have had great results, often the pain lets up immediately.

    Is it dangerous to put garlic oil in your ear? What about botulism?

    The short answer is no. Studies show that herbal remedies for ear infections produce better results for earache management than the use of the antibiotic amoxicillin, and should be a go-to (source, PDF file).

    It is widely known that garlic is a potent antimicrobial agent. More recent studies confirm that the substances in garlic are potent antifungals and can inhibit the growth of aflatoxins and cure infections when diluted and applied topically (source).

    How to make garlic oil

    It is best to make a new mixture every 24 hours, to preserve the benefits of the garlic and olive oil and ensure the mixture doesn’t get contaminated by Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria grows best in anaerobic conditions, and typically takes hold after 3 days of storage in the fridge. This is one of the reasons I prefer to make a new batch each day.

    What about just putting a whole clove of garlic in my ear?

    Many people have benefited from putting a whole clove of garlic in the ear. Some will wrap with wet gauze and warm gently. It can and does work. However, I prefer to use garlic and olive oil for ear infections and earaches. For one, the clove of garlic cannot enter the ear canal (even if it is small enough to fit, do not put it inside your ear canal. ). Secondly, using garlic oil for ear infections and earaches works much more quickly, is kid-friendly, and allows you to go about your day as you normally would.

    How to make garlic oil

    So… Why Should You Make Your Own Garlic Oil?

    There are several concoctions of garlic oil available ready-made at the store, some with additional herbs like mullein, lobelia, calendula or St. John’s Wort. These are often heated and may contain additives/preservatives (check labels carefully!).

    When you make your own garlic oil, you can ensure that it is never heated. You can also use quality ingredients of your choosing and opt for organic garlic and a reputable brand of extra virgin olive oil.

    In case you haven’t heard, there have been reports that some olive oils are tainted with fake fats that may be rancid and definitely not good for your health!

    You can also add additional herbs to your garlic oil mixture if you choose to do so, but it is not necessary. In short, making your own allows you to reap all the homemade garlic oil benefits–a pure product that is potent and most importantly, works quickly.

    How does olive oil help ear infections?

    Olive oil contains fragile polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect us from cell damage and help control inflammation. When the oil is heated, these polyphenols are greatly reduced, or even eliminated. Olive oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties when raw that directly help attack ear infections. This is why it can be used to avoid using antibiotics and the gut damage that follows.

    Olive oil is also mildly acidic and astringent. It greatly helps to soften ear wax which can contribute to ear pain.

    In addition to these benefits, olive oil lowers the risk of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression and other diseases. It also helps to lower blood pressure. It is a great cooking oil to use for salads, sauces, sandwiches, etc.

    When you use olive oil for ear infections, these properties help to control inflammation (which can lead to earache pain) and fight the infection.

    How can garlic help with ear infections?

    Garlic shares many of the benefits that olive oil offers, including being full of antioxidants. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and helps protect against cancer.

    This member of the allium family is high in sulfur compounds which aid the body in detoxification. It even helps our bodies to avoid forming carcinogens from overcooked meat! Garlic helps with iron absorption and is a good source of Vitamin C, manganese, selenium, and other important vitamins and minerals.

    These are only some of the wonderful benefits that garlic has to offer, and unfortunately many of them are quickly destroyed by heat. For this reason it is often recommended to add garlic when a dish is done, or very close to being done. This way you can take advantage of all the health benefits it has to offer.

    Garlic is important for ear infection remedies because it is potent and helps stop ear infections and the associated pain fast.

    How to make garlic oil

    Raw, Garlic-Infused Olive Oil Works Miracles

    When combined together and kept in their raw state, garlic and extra virgin olive oil offer the best of both worlds. Additional herbs can be steeped with the mixture.

    I have many friends who have had success with this remedy, including my neighbor who was a skeptic. Making a new solution daily is advised because after a period of time, garlic submerged in olive oil may encourage botulism to grow.

    Administering frequently ensures that the properties of the oil are available to continue healing the infection at all times. Many people get away with dosing every 4-6 hours, though.

    Can I substitute another type of oil?

    I highly recommend using extra virgin olive oil because of the properties it has inherently. However, you can also make garlic oil for ear infections with a good quality sesame oil or coconut oil.

    I would not use vegetable oils such as canola, corn, rapeseed, etc to make this garlic oil remedy. These vegetable oils can cause or worsen inflammation. I would personally choose the coconut oil for ear infection relief if I could not access olive oil.

    How do I apply garlic olive oil ear drops home remedy?

    Here’s how to apply garlic olive oil ear drops.

    You can use a dropper or syringe if you have one, and put a drop or two in each ear.

    If you do not have a dropper, you can use a spoon, just use a small amount.