Few plants have been cultivated from time immemorial as garlic – a backyard vegetable of the onion family. In actuality, fossil remains of a Neanderthal man discovered in Scandinavia revealed a number of cloves of garlic in the early man’s bags preserved in the snow. It could 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 might find people avoiding you. However, garlic does have scientifically proven medicinal properties that are efficacious remedies for specific ailments.
The health benefits of garlic have been known for centuries throughout the world. It’s known to contain high proportion of minerals and vitamins, iodine, sulfur, and chlorine.
It comprises a compound called Allicin that 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 this wonder 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?
Well the list is endless. Garlic is effective in maintaining health in several ways as follows:
- It fights infection: Garlic contains antimicrobial properties as well as antifungal agents which can be applied to the skin and eaten. It’s used in the treatment of wounds, ulcers and worms. It’s believed to cure worms in peoples and animals. Slice a clove of garlic in your pet’s food to expel intestinal worms.
- The external use of garlic helps to clear skin of spots and pimples and boils. 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 consumed regularly provides antioxidants which can rid the body of toxins and make dispersing of waste much easier. It works as a natural anti-aging remedy and lessens the effect of nicotine.
- It prevents cancer: A diet high in garlic can also prevent a variety of cancers such as breast, colon, prostrate and pancreas. It also slows down tumor growth.
- Controlling cholesterolLDL, among the two different types of cholesterol and which increase risk for heart disease, is effectively controlled by garlic by removing hydroxyl radical linked to this ailment.
- High blood pressure: Garlic is said to work miracles as it effectively reduces blood pressure. It essentially eases the tension and strain on the arterioles (smaller arteries) carrying blood and effectively used in the treatment of blood thinning.
- Digestive system disorders: Garlic stimulates digestion by triggering the secretion of the gastric juices. Cloves can be crushed and infused in water or milk and used to relieve all kinds of disorders of digestion. It can successfully treat colitis, a disease that causes swelling and pain in the colon, a part of the bowels, dysentery and a number of other intestinal upsets.
If you’re not very comfortable with the lingering odor out of raw garlic you can make a tincture by massaging 1/4 pound of peeled garlic in 1/2 quart of brandy. Seal tightly and shake every day for 2 weeks then strain and take in drops 25-30 a day as desired.
Got a flu, cough, or respiratory disease? 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, and then add sugar stirring until you reach the consistency of syrup. Add honey for taste if desired, and voila, homemade remedy for all those pesky cold viruses.
Not leaving raw throats, make a garlic drink by straining several cloves of garlic in half a cup of water overnight. Don’t forget to hold your nose and drink it. Those are just some of what this miracle plant can do for you, and if you do not mind the smell, eating it regularly is more or less preventive medicine. Take a cue from the Chinese who eat it as a snack even taking it along with them where ever they go.