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Other Names: Poor Man's Treacle, Rusric Treacle, Stinkweed, Clove Garlic, Common Garlic, Nectar of the Gods, Camphor of the Poor, Allium, Stinking Rose, Allium Sativum
Traditional Usages: Food, Lowers High Blood Pressure, Raises Low Blood Pressure, Thrombosis, Arteriosclerosis, Reduces level of Sugar in the Blood, Bronchitis, Asthma, Cough, Whooping Cough, Influenza, Colds, Sinusitis, Catarrh of Throat, Nose and Stomach, Intestinal Worms, Hay Fever, Ear Infections, Candida and other Fungla Infections, Vaginal Trichomoniasis, Jaundice, Falling Sickness, Cramps, Convulsions, Piles, Boils, Ulcers, Pneumonia, Hemerrhoids, Lower Hypertensions and Cholesterol Levels, Vitality and Strength, Aphrodisiac, Antiseptic qualities for treating Wounds (WW2), Treating Typhus and Dysentery (WW1), Ringworm, Athlete's Foot, Septic Poisoning, Gangrene, Warts, Verrucas
Resources: Central Asia, Europe, China, US
Parts Used: The Bulb, Clove, Oil
Administration Methods: Crushed bulb and natural preparations for internal use.
Herb Actions: Antibacterial, Antifungal
Herbal Research: Garlic
Health Warning: In rare instances there may be allergic reactions.
Consumption of large amounts of garlic may increase the risk of postoperative bleeding.(Source: WHO)

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Acne: Garlic is considered to be effective in treating acne. This is due to the fact that it contains anti-microbial properties, antioxidants and a great amount of vitamin C. For treating acne crush a few cloves of garlic into a paste and apply to the skin.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Anorexia: Garlic is considered effective in boosting appetite. Eat 3 cloves of garlic with food daily until condition improves.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Addiction: (Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco):  Drugs such as heroin and abuse of alcohol and tobacco weaken your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections that can produce fatigue and muscle aches. During the withdrawal process, garlic may help boost immune system function. This may help prevent infections and speed the recovery process. Garlic is also a rich source of vitamin A which may help your body rebuild cells damaged by drugs.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Angina: Since garlic can help reduce blood clotting, lower cholesterol, prevent clogged arteries and lower blood pressure, you may want to increase your consumption. Add to your food or boil two cloves of garlic in milk and drink to relieve symptoms.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Aneurysm: Garlic is a herb. But over the years garlic has been used as a medicine to prevent or treat a wide ranges of diseases and conditions. Eating plenty of garlic can help in treating aneurysm as it keeps blood pressure and cholesterol from going up.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Appendicitis: Garlic reduces the pain and inflammation associated with appendicitis. You can eat raw garlic as much as you can or you can take two to three garlic tablets twice a day.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Bacterial Vaginitis:  Garlic is also an antibiotic often considered one of the best. It can be eaten raw or used in food.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Blood Pressure: Fresh garlic can help reduce blood pressure. You can add it to your food such as salad. It must be eaten raw. Two or three cloves of garlic should be taken daily on a regular basis. Garlic powder supplement can be used by those with mild high blood pressure.  Garlic can thin the blood (reduce the ability of blood to clot) similar to aspirin.
Health Warning: Garlic supplements should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Garlic may interact with many drugs and supplements such as the prescription drugs Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, vitamin E and gingko. It is usually recommended that people taking garlic stop in the weeks before and after any type of surgery.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Body Rash: Make a paste by crushing fresh garlic and apply to the area.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Chlamydia:  Garlic is effective in the treatment of chlamydia as it is a natural antibiotic. You could simply consume raw garlic or add it to your food as just another ingredient or you could try having garlic capsules.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Cholesterol: Eating as little as one-half to one clove of garlic can help lower cholesterol.  Garlic is also available in supplement form.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Colds:  Garlic is one of the more popular cures for colds whether it is chicken soup with lots of garlic, a drink made with raw crushed garlic or just eating raw garlic. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin which has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor. To maximize the amount of allicin, fresh garlic should be chopped or crushed and it should be eaten raw.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Constipation: Eat it every day. Cook with it and eat it raw (in salads) whenever possible.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Deep Vein Thrombosis:  Garlic reduces blood clotting. Eat as much raw garlic as possible.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Diarrhea:  Eat as much garlic as you can as it fights bacteria.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Dysentery: Chew a garlic clove four times daily.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Dementia:  Antioxidants in garlic can fight free radicals and help eliminate them from the body. Eat as much raw garlic as possible.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Fish Poisoning: For Nausea: One of the natural cures for nausea caused by eating fish is a clove of garlic. Just crush with your teeth and swallow down the clove with water. Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that will help cure your food poisoning condition. 

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Flu (Influenza):  Garlic is one of the most popular cures for colds. It brings relief in whatever form you take it; whether it is chicken soup with lots of garlic, a drink made with raw crushed garlic or just eating raw garlic. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin gives garlic a distinctive hot flavour. To get the benefits of  allicin, fresh raw garlic should be chopped or crushed and eaten. Roasted or cooked garlic loses the allicin.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Fatigue: Cut a garlic clove in half and take a few deep whiffs. That ought to wake you up.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Fibromyalgia:  It is useful for detoxification and to enhance immune system function. Take 5,000 mcg of standardized garlic tablets three times daily or chew six cloves of garlic if possible and drink some milk after that.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Fungal Infection:  Garlic is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It can treat fungal infection. Blend fresh garlic into a paste. Apply to the affected area with a cotton ball or swab three times daily. Ingesting garlic can also be beneficial, but applying it externally yields faster results

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Genital Herpes: A diet high in garlic can help prevent outbreaks of genital herpes.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Gonorrhea:  Use garlic extract capsules two or three times a day at a dosage of 400 milligrams each time.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Hemorrhoids: Insert a peeled clove of garlic into the rectum right after a bowel movement. Keep it in as long as possible. Remove it before bedtime and insert another peeled clove as high as you can push it with your finger. In order to keep it in place overnight, you might have to put on a T-bandage. Garlic should help reduce the swelling quite quickly. Repeat the procedure daily.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Hay Fever: Garlic can strengthen the body’s defenses against allergens. Garlic capsules can be taken but fresh garlic is better as it can be added to salads and other dishes.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Heart Attack:  Boil two garlic cloves in skimmed milk. Consumption of this milk can help prevent heart attack.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Heart Disease:  Garlic prevents the liver from producing excess fat and cholesterol.  As little as two ounces of garlic juice to a fatty, cholesterol-laden meal can lower the cholesterol by up to 7 percent.  600 milligrams of garlic powder a day could reduce the total cholesterol down by some 10 percent while raising the HDL ("good") cholesterol. Eating 3 cloves of garlic a day can be very beneficial for the heart.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Herpes:  Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it on the sore.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Hypertension:  Chew 3 cloves of garlic daily on a regular basis.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Impotence: Chew 4 cloves of garlic daily.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Lyme Disease: Garlic, a natural antibiotic can help rid your body of Lyme disease. Eat as much raw garlic as you can.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Malaria: Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Take capsules as directed on the label or eat raw garlic cloves.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Melanoma: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that stimulates the immune system. Chew as much fresh garlic as possible.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Meningitis: You can eat one garlic clove three times a day, but in this instance taking a garlic capsule or supplement could prove to be more beneficial.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Migraine: Grind a few cloves with a little water into a paste. Apply paste on forehead. You can also chew a few fresh garlic cloves.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Moles: Grind garlic with a little water into a paste. Apply on moles several times daily.  

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Pimples: If you rub raw garlic on problem areas several times a day, you can clear up skin. You may also eat three cloves of raw garlic once daily for a month.  Garlic purifies the blood which aids in keeping pimples at bay.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Rashes: Make a paste by grinding fresh garlic. Apply paste to affected area.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Because of its powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, chewing a clove of raw garlic every day helps reduce the risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases. Garlic may work best if taken in supplement form.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Sickle Cell: Garlic is a treatment for sickle cell anemia. Three cloves of garlic can be chewed daily or garlic can be taken as a supplement. The recommended dose is 600-900 milligrams per day, taken in divided doses, which is the equivalent of approximately two cloves of garlic.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Sore Throat:  Garlic can fight a sore throat caused by sinus issues or allergies. Chew raw cloves of garlic. If the idea of chewing raw garlic is not very pleasant, gargling with garlic will provide the same results. Infuse a teaspoon of sliced garlic in a cup of boiling water for three minutes.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Strep Throat: Garlic is found to have excellent anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. One of the best ways to use garlic for treating strep throat is to put two or three cloves of garlic in water and leave it to soak throughout the night. In the morning drink that water. This is an excellent treatment for strep throat.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Syphilis: Garlic helps control the disease. Therefore use as much garlic as possible in the preparation of food. Chew five cloves of raw garlic daily.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Sinusitis: Garlic is a wonderful natural antibiotic and detoxifier which protects the body against infection by enhancing immune function. Crush 2 garlic cloves and add to half a glass of warm water with a little honey. Drink twice daily until condition improves.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Sores:  You can boost the immune system by eating crushed garlic.
Garlic - Herbal remedy for Stroke: The use of garlic usually helps prevent the stroke in three ways: its consumption reduces the blood pressure, lowers the level of cholesterol and it also acts as an anticoagulant. It is an important herb for the prevention of heart attack. It improves the circulatory function, having the property of blood thinning which controls high blood pressure. Everyone should increase their intake of garlic. You can also use it in the cooking, add it in your salad or you can take it as capsules. You should take 500 milligrams at least three times daily. 

Garlic -  Herbal remedy for Throat Infections: Garlic is very effective in treating problems of the throat and nose. You can boil one cup of milk and add around four to five cloves of garlic to this. Boil until the milk is reduced to half and then drink this milk. You can add some honey if you prefer. The extracts in garlic can help get rid of any bacterial or fungal infection in your body. It will also bring warmth to your body and help you get rid of the infection.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Tuberculosis: Garlic can boost the immune system and has anti-bacterial properties. Garlic can be eaten raw or cooked but this may cause bad breath, body odour and heartburn. However capsules or powders are available and these may help to prevent these effects. Garlic is safe for most people.
Health Warning: Garlic may thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding. Do not use garlic if you have a bleeding disorder or are scheduled to undergo surgery.

Garlic – Herbal remedy for Vaginal Yeast Infection: Eat garlic and use it as a vaginal suppository as well. Spice up soups and salads with fresh garlic or take a garlic supplement. In addition, you can soak a garlic oil capsule in water just until it is soft and then insert it vaginally. Choose garlic capsules without odour.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Vaginal Discharge:  Garlic is very effective in getting rid of vaginal discharge and odour. Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help to get rid of the harmful bacteria. Those who cannot take raw garlic cloves can always choose garlic capsules.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Verruca: You can put crushed garlic on them, held in place with a plaster.

Garlic - Herbal remedy for Whooping Cough: Garlic is known for its anti-viral properties and can be a valuable herb in treating whooping cough. Give the patient up to a teaspoon of garlic syrup three times a day; it can be given more frequently if coughing increases in severity. Dr. Edward Shook, a renowned herbalist, recommends mixing garlic juice with olive oil or anhydrous lanolin and rubbing this mixture on the chest, throat and in between the shoulder blades to give relief. You can also rub oil of garlic on the soles of the feet.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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