I posted about making this GOOT recipe back in 2010, and since then, I have made it a few times. GOOT is a blend of garlic, olive oil and coconut oil. GOOT stands for “garlic olive oil treatment”. It is blended together and then settles into a salve-like substance that can be used in a variety of ways.
This week, I’ve been dealing with a sore-throat-sinus-congestion-spontaneous-nose-running-earache virus-y thing that made my voice sound as though I’ve been smoking for 20 years, and I needed some relief. I drank hot-lemon-honey water. I had ginger candy and took garlic oil capsules. I used lavender oil on my neck, which actually brought some relief. I took acetaminophen or ibuprofen when I couldn’t stand the pain and needed to sleep. But I wasn’t getting better, and thought I would have to go to the doctor. Then I remembered my recipe for G.O.O.T. and mixed up a quick batch on Wednesday.
When I have a sore throat particularly, I’ve found that the application of GOOT in my ears gives an almost IMMEDIATE sense of relief. I am NOT a doctor and I cannot tell you to put the stuff in your ears, but every time I do it, I actually feel better.
After my first application, my ears felt better but then I started feeling worse. I thought, OH GREAT! I was starting to wonder if I had strep throat as I also developed sores in my mouth. I applied the GOOT throughout the day Wednesday and noticed in the afternoon that I was running a slight temperature. I had been drinking water and continued using the ginger candy when my throat got particularly dry. Before bed, I took some naproxen, put the GOOT in my ears and even rubbed it on my neck like a vapor rub.
Thursday morning when I woke up, the first thing I noticed was my dry mouth. Once I got some water to drink I realized my throat was NOT sore at all. I was shocked because that was, by far, the most painful part of the whole deal. I realized that my voice, although still raspy, was not AS raspy. I could talk without pain, and that was important because I had to work. Once I got to work, I realized I had NOT applied my GOOT in the morning before I left and I wondered how I was going to do all day.
By the end of the work day, after picking up kids and cleaning out my gross refrigerator, I STILL do not have a sore throat and forgot to apply it again when I got home! I am glad I remembered it and didn’t have to go out and buy some medicine that I could only take at night. If I had continued with the fever and sore throat, I would have scheduled a doctor appointment, but didn’t have to.
So here’s the recipe for GOOT. Many websites say it will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge before you need to change it. (I’ve kept it longer and it never went rancid, so I think you have to make a judgment call.) I like keeping it in the fridge because I can tell that I’m applying it by the feel of it.
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic (fresh if you have it)
- In saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil with extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. When melted, remove from heat and stir in fresh garlic.
- Many recipes recommend blending in a blender with the garlic for a few minutes at this time, but I have never done this.
- Pour the mixture into a small storage container with lid.
- Store in refrigerator.
OH yeah – I will tell you that after I mixed the garlic into the oils, when it had cooled some, I actually licked the spoon. I think maybe the direct application had some beneficial effects as well.