Garlic: The Mystical Health Food


I was raised in a garlic-eating family. My mum cooked with it, put it in salads, stews, spaghetti and roasts. We also ate it raw! My dad grew it in our back yard and ate so much of it that his skin had a garlic smell. He’s been dead for many years now but anytime I catch the scent of garlic, thoughts of him manifest in my heart and I become mindful with memories.

When my grandmother was a little girl her mother would make her and her brothers wear garlic around their necks when they went to school in winter. The idea was that it'd keep them from catching colds. And, as far as superstition is concerned, we'd a friend who'd set garlic around the house to get rid of unfriendly ghosts. It must've worked, however, because we never saw an unfriendly

7 Halloween Superstitions You Don't Really Want to Believe
You probably shrug them off as Old Wives Tales, silly superstitions, or just coincidental occurrences, but classic Halloween superstitions continue to be passed down through generations. Whatever type of story they may be, there are hundreds of Halloween superstitions and stories that stick with us year after year, and even if we don't really want to believe them they still make us do a double take now and then. From ringing bells to scare away spirits, to avoiding our own shadow in the moonlight, here are just seven Halloween superstitions and customs that have stuck with us through time; and many that we might not really want to believe:

Unexplained candle burnouts. If you're burning candles on Halloween and there's no breeze or a drafty door to explain it, the only reasonable explanation is there's a ghost in the house. A disappearing flame on the candle burned on Halloween means there's a ghost in the house. A welsh Halloween superstition believes that a flame that suddenly turns blue means there's a ghost nearby.

Spirit-chasing bells. A medieval superstition that still lingers today, the ringing of bells (or chimes, doorbells, and other sound-making devices) is supposed to chase away evil spirits.

Flying bats. If you happen to catch sight of bats flying around your house--either inside or outside--this could be a sign of ghosts and spirits nearby. Grab the garlic.

Black and white cats. In Britain, white cats are a sign of bad luck and may mean evil spirits are lurking close by. Black cats have often been associated with the devil, and even though many black cat owners will insist this is just a superstition, Halloween calls for many witch and black cat duos. Seeing a black cat, or simply crossing paths with one over Halloween, could be a sign of negative things ahead.

Halloween birthdays. According to Welsh legends, children born on Halloween will have special powers to ward off evil spirits and the 'gift of second sight.'

The moonlight shadow. Another Celtic superstition involves the moon; if you catch your...


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