Magickal Garlic

Garlic

Magickal-2BGarlicNot just for repelling Vampires!

*Chuckle*

Oh the wonders of this neatly packaged herb. So small and pungent, so beneficial and repulsive. Garlic is the herb we love and hate. We love it for its flavor and positive properties, but hate its powerful aroma. Especially after we eat it.

 

I plan to discuss and highlight the many valuable aspect Garlic holds for both Magickal and non-Magickal purposes. Garlic has been revered for thousands of years for its culinary and medicinal properties. Rich in folk lore, legend, and history, Garlic is an adventure beyond the pallet.

 

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.”

-Louis Diat

 

Folk names: Stinkweed, Poor Man’s Treacle

 

Native to Central Asia, Garlic has been cultivated for over 7,000 years. Garlic is closely related to onion, shallot, leek, and chive. Garlic is a staple in many ancient and traditional dishes from Asia, to the Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe.

 

Garlic grows all year in mild climates. In cold climates Garlic is planted in the fall about 6 weeks before the ground freezes. Garlic is usually very hardy and is not attacked by many pests or diseases. The Garlic clove, what is traditionally used in cooking, is not the only edible part of this delightful plant. The leaves and flowers (bulbils & spathe) are also edible.

 

When choosing a bulb of garlic you will want to be careful and take note of the condition of the outer wrapping of the bulb. The paper or outer wrapping should be tight and it should hold each clove snugly together. Also give your bulb a little squeeze. The outer cloves should not give. Each clove should feel firm and solid. If you encounter a clove that gives or if the outer wrapping dips in with a little pressure you have a bad bulb. Go find some fresher garlic.

 

The medicinal properties of Garlic have been noted back to the time of when the Giza Pyramids were built. Hippocrates among others, noted Garlic for its ability to relieve and treat many conditions parasites, respiratory problems and poor digestion. Garlic is also noted for having sexual energy and the ability to intensify one’s desires.

 

Most notably the medicinal properties of garlic include digestive, circulatory, and respiratory benefits. Recent studies show that garlic is stuffed with vital phytonutrients that help our systems cleanse and regenerate.  Also noted is the evidence that garlic helps cleanse aortic plaques deposits.

 

However, the benefits don’t come immediately if you are cooking with Garlic. Another study indicates that if you cook with Garlic you should let it rest for about 10 minutes before you place actually cook it. This time allows the garlic to produce the phytonutrients that makes Garlic so valuable and useful. I find that pressing garlic also allows it to infuse your recipes more completely.

 

There is much discussion about pressing vs mincing garlic in culinary circles. I say do what works and what works best for you. For me pressing is the way to go, I have been pressing my garlic for YEARS. So I press my garlic and allow to sit for 10 minutes before I add it to any heat. I also find pressing is very beneficial in dressings and uncooked dishes where you want the essence of garlic without getting an overwhelming piece in your mouth.

 

Perhaps the usefulness of Garlic is the reason many cultures found it to also be critical in folklore and religious practices. It has been revered as an element of both good and evil. Garlic has been used for protection and “White Magick”. In European cultures Garlic was thought to have power to repel the supernatural, i.e. vampires, demons, werewolves, and the like.  In the Philippines garlic is believed to banish monsters.

 

 

Magickal: Aspects: ProtectionCleansing

Luck

Stimulation

Sex & Lust Magick

 

 

Associated Deities: Devas and AsurasHecate

 

When In Season: Year round in mild climatesHarvested in late Spring in colder climates

 

Medicinal Properties/Treatments: parasitesrespiratory cleansing and aliments

poor digestion

aortic plaque deposits

high cholesterol

preventing and fighting the common cold

regulates blood sugar, and may prevent complications related to diabetes

antiseptic & antimicrobial properties

disinfectant

proven effective in the treatment of MRSA

 

Spell Work: Place a clove of Garlic under you children’s pillow to protect them as they sleep.Carry garlic in your pocket for good luck.

Hang above your doorway to protect your home form unwanted and negative energies.

 

 

Festivals, Observances, and Ritual: Garlic is taken to cross roads in a number of practices and given as an offering, most notably to Hecate.It is also left at crossroads as an end specific spell work.

 

Culinary Use: Roast it for a sweet flavor. Use it as a seasoning, garnish, and anywhere you need flavor in your food.Make Garlic oil or vinegar.

Add garlic to salad dressings for added flavor

Can be eaten raw or cooked (Remember to let your Garlic sit for 10 minutes after you cut, chop, mince or press it before adding to heat.)

 

Preserving: Preserve in wine, oil or vinegar. 
Storage: Garlic should be stored dry at a temp above or around 64° F. Some varieties are braded into plaits or grappes and hung. Peeled Garlic cloves can be stored in vinegar or wine in the refrigerator. 
Home and Ritual Décor: Braided garlic hung from a kitchen wrack or on the wall is a great decorative element, as well as useful. 

 

Serves 6

Garlic Shrimp & Zucchini Soup

When you have exhausted all your other zucchini recipes and want something new an delicious this is the recipe for you!

15Prep Time

30Cook Time

45Total Time

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Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Red/Purple onion, Chopped small
  • I entire pod of garlic, Minced or Pressed
  • 2 lb of Shredded Zucchini, seeded
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 lb medium clean and shelled shrimp
  • ½ tsp of each dry oregano & thyme
  • ¼ tsp dry Basil
  • 1 Sprig of each, Fresh Thyme & Oregano
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh Tarragon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. There is much ado about pressing garlic vs mincing. I love my garlic press and I will not give it up for anything, unless there is a better garlic press out there. I find it is an effective way to incorporate garlic into any recipe.
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Nutrition

Calories: 2208.664875786 cal
 
© The Magick Kitchen, 2014

 

**a source of information for this blog: Wikipedia, Jo Robinson, Eating on the Wild Side, and Scott Cunningham

 

Leandra Witchwood
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Leandra Witchwood

I just want good food and to live a Magickal life! Is that so much to ask?
Through persistence, I found the honest answer… I can have both! I realize that I could forge my own path using the skills and knowledge I gained, and the simplest of techniques.

I love food and everything that goes with it. I have spent more than 35 years in the kitchen, enjoying every minute. Okay… well, enjoying almost every minute of it.

In addition, I have disbursed nearly as many years studying Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. Combining these two interests has created a Magickal path where I combine food and spirituality. To my delight they play brilliantly together.

My love of whole healthy foods, and unique recipes has also lead me to help run a local teen cooking program, where I teach kids valuable life skills in the kitchen. In addition, I teach a variety of cooking classes for adults and covens on subjects ranging from making the time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable, to cooking together as a group, and recipe-spell creation.

It only made sense that I would begin writing and sharing my experience. From this, The Magick Kitchen was born. My journey with you is about developing a spiritual experience with food, far beyond the dull habit of consumption. We have a marvelous opportunity here to take a most mundane task and make it Magickal!

The Magick Kitchen is about connecting to Divinity through food and the ritual of preparing and sharing food. It is about developing a sacred balance between nourishment, ritual, and spirit. Food has the power to heal, sooth, and bring us together as friends, families, and community.

I am so glad you joined me! Sharing knowledge, experience, and personal perspective with you is an honor. Thank you!
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