powerful fragrant potent ally, garlic.
i could google the history of garlic, but you can do that for yourself.
instead i'll share my personal story.
i found the medicinal use of garlic when i worked at a hardware store. i worked with a mexican mom of two, who had deep old roots in mexican herbalism. she was kind and generous with her knowledge of old ways, as she called it. we would talk a lot about herbs between the nuts and bolts of our job.
this is an ode to her remedios (remedies).
when you are
warm to the touch with a hot ear
a clove of garlic slightly warmed up
just enough to loosen the oils
wrapped in a cotton ball and stuck in the bothered ear may help.
the idea is to keep it in until you taste garlic, which is about 2 hours.
i do this a couple times for three days. my experience is, garlic smell with much, improvement.
the garlic odor is the magic behind the herb.
here are easy ways to enjoy garlic:
i make a big jar of honey garlic and let it infuse and meld together. i eat it straight, add it to raw sauces, just off the heat veggies, on corn bread, rice, quinoa and whatever else might taste good.