Of Fire

by Beth Haley

Garlic is one of the oldest plants used as medicine. “When the British came to India, leprosy became known as “peelgarlic,” because of the frequent sight of lepers peeling and eating garlic cloves.”

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD

Garlic increases pitta, or fire, and it helps with digestion by increasing digestive juices. It has both a cooling and heating effect on the body. When the fire element is too inflamed in our bodies (agitation, stubbornness) it can help bring balance. On the other hand, if our fire is too low, garlic can get the fire burning again.

Fire Temperament

Fire element plants are not just for the physical body. Destructive forces such as anger can be regulated as well by the principle of “fighting fire with fire.”

“…to put out forest blazes by deliberately setting the undergrowth aflame, can release rage in a dramatic and explosive outburst. Once this willful anger is gone, the sorrow hiding beneath it can be expressed, bringing the system back into balance.”

Plant Spirit Wisdom by Ross Haven

Some uses of garlic:



Skin disorders


Joint issues



Fluid retention


Reduces blood pressure

Reduces cholesterol





It is rejuvenating for the nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems

All this written, if one were to eat the amount of garlic recommended (6-12 cloves a day) to produce these results, I don’t suppose we would smell that great. However, garlic does come in capsules which are odor-free.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD

Photos by Team Voya & Mike Kenneally


    1. Pilgrimage Studio

      Vanilla, thatโ€™s interesting! Itโ€™s an odd combination to me, but hey if it works! I really like Kyolic aged garlic extract but I think the real thing is best if you can stand smelling like a vampire ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ hunter ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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