Few plants are cultivated from time immemorial as garlic – a garden vegetable of the onion family. In fact, fossil remains of a Neanderthal man discovered in Scandinavia revealed lots of cloves of garlic at the early man’s bags preserved in the snow. It can be argued ancient man knew about the forces of garlic or did he simply have a taste for the seasoning.
Garlic, an important medicinal herb, is readily available and everywhere compared to other herbs. It is known to be quite safe without toxic elements when taken regularly. So are there no downsides to using garlic? Only the pungent smell it produces when crushed, so you may find people avoiding you. But, garlic has scientifically proven medicinal properties which are efficacious remedies for specific ailments.
Garlic grows in form of a bulb consisting of 6 to 35 bulblets called cloves enclosed in a thin, whitish, glittering, transparent covering.
The health benefits of garlic have been considered for centuries throughout the world. It’s known to contain high percentage of vitamins and minerals, iodine, sulfur, and chlorine.
It contains a chemical called Allicin which has ant-bacterial properties equivalent to a weak penicillin. Hold it; do not count on adding it in every dish as cooked garlic weakens the antibacterial effects of the miracle plant quite considerably. Yes, eating it raw or blended with other foods fresh is everything you need to pack the punch of a curative. And what can you use it to cure by the way?
- It fights infection: Garlic contains antimicrobial properties in addition to antifungal agents which could be applied to the skin and eaten. It is used to treat wounds, ulcers and worms. It’s believed to treat worms in peoples and creatures. Slice a clove of garlic in your pet’s food to expel intestinal worms.
- Added to this is taken it orally to purify the blood flow so as to prolong its effect on the skin.
- Serves as antioxidant: Garlic when eaten regularly provides antioxidants that can rid the body of toxins and make dispersing of waste a lot simpler. It works as a natural anti-aging treatment and reduces the effect of nicotine.
- It prevents cancer: A diet high in garlic may also prevent many different cancers including breast, colon, prostrate and pancreas. Can be used against cancer of the stomach. Additionally, it slows down tumor growth.
- Controlling cholesterol: LDL, among the two different types of cholesterol and that increase risk for heart disease, is effectively controlled by garlic by removing hydroxyl radical associated with this ailment.
- High blood pressure: Garlic is said to work wonders because it effectively reduces blood pressure. It basically eases the tension and pressure on the arterioles (smaller arteries) carrying blood and efficiently used in the treatment of blood thinning.
- Digestive system disorders: Garlic stimulates digestion by activating the secretion of the gastric juices. Cloves can be crushed and infused in milk or water and used to relieve all types of disorders of digestion. It may successfully treat colitis, a disease that causes pain and swelling in the colon, part of the bowels, dysentery and a number of other intestinal upsets.
If you’re not very comfortable with the lingering odor from raw garlic you could make a tincture by soaking 1/4 pound of peeled garlic in 1/2 quart of brandy. Seal tightly and shake daily for two weeks then strain and take in drops 25-30 per day as desired.
Make syrup from garlic. Slice 1 pound of fresh garlic and add 1 quart of boiling water over it. Allow it to sit for twelve hours, then add sugar stirring until you reach the consistency of syrup.
Not leaving raw throats, make a garlic beverage by straining several cloves of garlic in half a cup of water overnight. Remember to hold your nose and drink it. Those are just some of what this miracle plant can do for you, and if you don’t mind the smell, eating it frequently is more or less preventative medicine. Take a cue from the Chinese who eat it as a snack even carrying it along with them where ever they go.