Tips to cure bad breath:
Chew coffee beans, or masticate anise, or cumin, or parsley, or basil, or aspirin. You could also chew fresh celery or carnation and cinnamon. Furthermore, you may drink a glass of full fat milk or of cold water with fresh squeezed lemon juice, or eat apples or spinach. You can, finally, eat dried prunes or artichokes.
Garlic cooking tips:
If you want to give to salad a little garlic fragrance, you can graze 2-3 garlic cloves in your wooden salad bowl.
The best way to peel garlic is to kindly break it with your hand pressure and a knife.
Always use fresh garlic. Dehydrated garlic powder gives a tangy taste.
When garlic is being cooked, its piquancy is reducing.
Garlic can be served as a dressing after been cooked in low temperature.
When you sauté garlic, do not let it take brown color.
Garlic fragrance becomes stronger when you melt its cloves.
Every time you put garlic in your food, remember your guests’ possible reaction!
Garlic for feet calluses:
Put a garlic clove into silver foil and bake it into the oven until it becomes velvet. Then put the -still hot- foil onto the callus and bandage with gauze. As garlic substances act during the night, callus becomes smooth or abrupted in the morning.
For ‘evil eye’ and spells of popular tradition:
In Greece (and also in China and Israel) garlic is considered as aversive towards evil eyes, and so it is being hanged as a charm to animals, humans or objects. Patrician women during Byzantine Empire used to wear around their neck garlic, onion and other various little things as a March thread necklace (“March yarn” is a Greek tradition which protects skin from the strong March sunshine). Once upon a time, people used to put garlic under the pillow of women in child-bed as well as of the new-born babies so as not to be bewitched. Moreover, it was used to bury in farms pomegranate in favor of fructification plus garlic against evil fascination. Hanging garlic was used also in houses to prevent misfortune and slanders.
Fairies and vampires cannot stand garlic smell. Not only the spirits but the scorpions and snakes hate garlic smell. That is why travelers, when camping in the countryside during the summer, put on surrounding stones some garlic before sleeping.
Nowadays, during May-day, many people deliberately eat garlic in order to prevent the evil.
In the end of 2012 residents of the western Serbian village Zarozje received a public health warning that the resident vampire, Sava Savanovic, may be on the prowl. The vampire scare was sparked by reports that an old mill, where the vampire allegedly lived, has collapsed, leaving the vampire homeless, angry and in search of a new home and new blood. The town's mayor, Miodrag Vujetic, said: "People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else [to live] and possibly other victims is terrifying ... ", and encouraged people to hang garlic bulbs and crosses.
Apart from the four elements of nature surrounding us - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, there is the fifth one – garlic. Could we flavor without garlic, my friends?!