For the past couple of weeks, Big A has been battling a pretty nasty sinus infection. Unfortunately, a person with a deviated septum and severe allergies tends to know the drill when it comes to sinus infections, he’s had plenty of them. And, traditionally, he’d be in a doctor’s office waiting on a prescription. Thankfully, it has been years since either of us have subjected our bodies to the damage caused by antibiotics, and little A has never needed them. New research is showing that antibiotics are widely overused, and this could account for the development and spread of bacteria that have developed antimicrobial resistance. This remains especially terrifying in the wake of an increase of ‘super-bugs’, or drug resistant bacteria. 

I’m no stranger to the benefits of garlic, and try to ingest it raw every day. Its medicinal use can be traced back hundreds of years and, even today, it carries the nickname ‘Russian Penicillin.’ Garlic is often my go-to when it comes to treating many infections and ailments, which is why I always keep a jar of GOOT in my refrigerator.

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What is GOOT?

Garlic Oil Ointment Treatment, or GOOT, is a holistic home remedy containing coconut oil, olive oil, and raw garlic. Olive oil is used because of its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and coconut oil contains its own antibacterial components. As the name suggests, this is traditionally used topically, but is completely safe to ingest. As the mother of a toddler, having safe medicines like these in the home really put my mind at ease. When rubbed onto the skin, GOOT transfers garlic oil (and its antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties) directly into the bloodstream. The most popular way to use GOOT is when you go to bed at night. During an illness or infection, slather the oil directly onto your feet and then cover with socks. One of the quickest ways to the bloodstream is through the soles of the feet.

How to Use GOOT

There really are countless ways that this ointment can be used. For our sinus infection issue, a really good way to get the garlic directly into the sinuses is to slather it on the outside of the nostrils. Of course, this balm is very stinky, so do this only if you can bear it. Other common uses for GOOT:

  • When sick with a cold or pneumonia, replace vapor rub on the chest and neck with GOOT
  • Apply directly to fungal infections on the skin (ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores)
  • Garlic kills yeast, ask any baker. Fill 1-2 gelatin capsules with GOOT and insert vaginally overnight to treat a yeast infection
  • Rub outside of the ear, and use a Q-Tip to apply inside the ear canal to treat ear infections
  • Remember I said this was edible? Raw garlic has AMAZING benefits internally, and GOOT can be taken by mouth for overall immune support

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Make Your Own

GOOT can literally be made in less than 5 minutes. You will need

  1. 1/4 c. olive oil

  2. 1/2 c. coconut oil

  3. 8-10 cloves (depending on size) raw garlic

Depending on the temperature of your home, you may not even need any heat. But, alas, autumn has arrived, so I heated my coconut oil on the stove, over low heat, until it was completely liquid. Remove from heat and put into blender along with peeled garlic and olive oil. Blend until thoroughly mixed.

Toss into a jar and store in refrigerator. Be well.

Until next time,
Savannah

Author: Savannah Baker

Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.

  • Winnettes

    I’ve never heard of GOOT before but my mum also swears by garlic! She takes honey and garlic whenever she has a sore throat.
    #KCACOLS

  • The Hippy Christian Mum

    Ooh I’ve never heard of this before either but I do put vics on my child’s feet at night when she has a cold but perhaps I could try this next time. I literally have all the ingredients in my cupboard already. Great for cold & flu season coming up now thank you. #KCACOLS

  • I’ve never heard of GOOT before but I’ve heard that raw garlic is amazing for you. I don’t know if I could rub it on my nose though with a sinus infection! Although actually, I can’t really smell anything when I’m sick so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad! #kcacols

  • Nicole

    This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of GOOT before. My only concern would be the smell – does it smell heavily of garlic? #KCACOLS

    • Hey Nicole,
      Yes, it is pretty stinky, not going to lie. When you take your socks off in the morning, you can expect your feet to smell like garlic bread, haha. But, the smell is totally worth the benefits! Thanks for reading <3

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    WOW this is crazy intriguing to me. I’m always looking for more natural ways to bust through cold and flu season. Thanks for the informative post!