Garlic and lemon, in fact, share a multitude of beneficial properties. Besides being used in the kitchen and for therapeutic purposes, both continue to gain notoriety in American V.I.P. and Italian diet trends.
Garlic, like lemon, is also known for its exceptional antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is recommended to combat hypercholesterolemia, and, taken in liquid form, stimulates diuresis and digestion.
It is often given to young children to eliminate intestinal worms and as an adjuvant against the flu and colds in the coldest months of the year.
It is a true and proper natural antibiotic.
The beneficial nature of garlic was already recognized in ancient times. Galen, for example, recommended it as an antidote for snake bites. It is said that medieval physicians wore masks dipped in garlic juice to combat and prevent potential infections, and in 1858 French chemist Pasteur praised its extraordinary antiseptic properties.
From medicine for the body to medicine for the soul
Old folklore recommends wearing a garlic garland around the neck to keep vampires and evil spirits at bay. Could it be the acrid smell of its natural sulphur compounds? Perhaps, but not only.
Folk legends connect its use in exorcisms to pagan summer solstice rites, saying folks should get in the habit of wearing a crown made from an uneven number of garlic bulbs the night before June 24, Saint John’s day, to overcome the witches’ potent invocations.
Italian lore considers the plant a worthy amulet against the evil eye and when used in conjunction with salt, a powerful talisman against people’s envy.
Also, beware of its purported aphrodisiacal properties: in the Middle Ages, it was banned from monastery due to its Viagra-like effect. Just imagine what might happen if you had fish made with garlic, parsley, lemon, salt and a pinch of hot pepper for dinner…
Need protection from bad luck?
Try a couple of famous Parthenopean conjurations:
– Aglio e fravaglio fattura canun quaglia…(Garlic and small fry nullify the curse)
– Corna, bicorna, cape e’alice e cape d’aglio…(Horns, dual horns, anchovy heads and garlic heads)
Now, how about trying an immune system-boosting decoction?
You’ll need 30 g of garlic, one 200 ml bottle of Limmi Lemon Juice, and 1.5 litres of water.
Peel and mince the garlic, place it in the water mixed with lemon juice. Bring it to a boil, cook for about 7 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it cool. Pour it in a bottle. Drink 1 glass on an empty stomach in the morning before breakfast for 25 days in a row, stop for 10 days, and then resume for another 25 days.
And for real foodies, bring lemon & garlic to the table: Have you tried garlic and lemon salmon steak yet?