Howitt44 - I find the best way to benefit from garlic is, extracts. Mine are strong, very strong, you just use less drops at a time. I read somewhere, to benefit from garlic you need to eat 2-3 garlic bulbs a day, now personally the thought of eating raw garlic doesn't appeal to me much. But then again taking my garlic extract takes a strong will, because the smell will knock you off your feet. In fact the first time I made it, it was several months before I could bring
myself to try it, I felt like I was coming down with a cold or flu, you know that raspy sore throat that starts first. So I took the garlic extract that night, next morning I felt great.
I use a large glass jar and fill it with pealed garlic cloves, cut each clove 1 or 2 times, then pour in Everclear (190 proof grain alcohol) making sure it totally covers the garlic, and making sure you work out all the air from between and around the garlic.
I generally leave my roots longer then my leaf and flower extract, the bulb (garlic) I left a little longer this time, almost 2 months, not sure why. I had made another extract at the same time for tumors/cancer that I wanted to be as strong as it could be. So I left both for almost the 2 months.
Keep the extract in a cool, dark area, and turn the jar up side down 1 or 2 times a day, don't shake the jar. When you feel the times up, strain the fluid through
a strainer a few times, and if you have lots of time to spare, then pour it through a paper coffee filter. Then store in air tight bottles. I use the rubber stopper, green and brown glass beer bottles.
Don't ever use this extract by it's self, add the drops to 2-3 oz's water, mix well and hold in your mouth as long as you can, before swallowing, (this will aid in getting it into your blood stream faster.)
snowmelts - Don't waste your time trying to heal yourself with Garlic salt or Garlic powder. And some herbs from General Dollar, Walgreen's, CVS, Rexall and walmart lack quality.
On the subject of ELDERBERRY EXTRACT - For those who don't know, it's made from the flowers. The leaves, roots and bark are poisonous. The berries
yield delicious wine and jams.
Howitt44 - A question you had asked, but failed to get a answer for. Is yes, our 4 legged frends benefit from herbs too.