- About ten years ago, my mother met a man who was 100 years old. He takes a clove of garlic every day and cuts it in to small pieces and then swallows it likeMessage 1 of 2 , Nov 18, 2007View SourceAbout ten years ago, my mother met a man who was 100 years old. He takes a clove of garlic every day and cuts it in to small pieces and then swallows it like pills. He hasn't been sick since he has done this. I do it most of the time now and especially when I feel anything coming on from cold to flu to even diarea. Most often the ailment is gone within two hours. I also do it as protection from flu and colds when I teach childen. Now over the years, I have read several articles about doctors and thieves using this exact method during the plague. The garlic cannot be crushed, it must stay in small chunks like pills and disapate in the stomach to have the full effect.I am thinking this may help many of us in the near future with any new plagues and even bio-terroism incidents. I also travel with a vial of lavender and one of rosemary essential oil with a washcloth in case of anything, even a person coughing near me. I know a biochemist who says that Lavender, Rosemary and eucaliptus through a differser could protect your home from a bioterror attach. And now I have read in many places about doctors and thieves using the same during the plague. And we mustn't forget Juniper Berries!
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- I don t think there s much of a coincidence about garlic always being one of the major ingredients in 4 thieves vinegar. (I looked up about 15 variations aMessage 2 of 2 , Nov 20, 2007View SourceI don't think there's much of a coincidence about garlic always being one of the major ingredients in 4 thieves vinegar. (I looked up about 15 variations a couple years ago- it always it contains large amounts of garlic- the other three ingredients I always found were cloves, rosemary, sage and lavender. Other than that, people seem to have put their own twist on it. Rue and wormwood were pretty common in the recipes too- probably as anti-parasite. Other popular ingredients included mint, bay, cinnamon, camphor, and hyssop. Some liked cider vinegar, some liked wine, some chopped the garlic, some didn't mention. It was fun to compare them. (also the stories about what plague the four thieves were supposed to have been operating in.) I figure the tale is an amalgam of several family stories, based on several people who seemed immune to the plagues. After all, how likely is it that in a situation like this, poor people who could avoid getting sick wouldn't take advantage of all that stuff lying around unguarded?Arastorm