Since ancient times, garlic has been a popular remedy for many diseases and ailments such as intestinal disorders, flatulence, skin diseases, worms and respiratory infections. Russians refer to garlic as Russian Penicillin. The earliest known references indicate that garlic was an important part of the daily Egyptian diet. An ancient Egyptian manuscript includes 800 drugs, of which 22 were made with garlic. Even in France, farmers fed garlic to their horses to dissolve clots in the animals’ leg. Garlic contains more than four hundred different mineral components including many antioxidants which have a number of positive therapeutic properties.
15 Alternative Uses for Garlic
- Antibiotic. Multiple research has found (here) raw garlic to be more powerful than even penicillin and tetracycline. Garlic’s active ingredient allicin attacks and destroys viruses. However, it doesn’t destroy the digestive intestinal flora like pharmaceutical antibiotics do.
- Cough Remedy. Garlic has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system. Inhaling garlic vapors can clean your lungs and bronchi. Garlic also acts as an expectorant, which helps move mucus and makes coughs more productive.
- Cold Sore Remedy. Garlic has bacteria-fighting properties, which makes it an effective cold sore remedy. Research has shown that it is also effective against the herpes simplex virus.
- Acne. Due to the antibiotic and antibacterial properties of garlic, it fights bacteria that contributes to acne outbreaks. It also contains antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat acne.
- Ear Infections. Garlic is known to kill the bacteria that leads to ear infections. Garlic contains a substance called allicin that has antimicrobial properties. Extract oil (here) from a clove of garlic and heat the oil until it is warm. Apply the warm garlic oil to the ear.
- Yeast Infections. The antifungal and antimicrobial properties of garlic help fight yeast infections. Regular consumption of raw garlic is effective for controlling candida.
- Psoriasis. The active compounds in garlic (which interacts with arachidonic acid in the skin) may help treat psoriasis. Just rub garlic oil on affected areas twice a day.
- Athlete’s Foot. Due to antifungal properties contained in garlic, it fights fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Mix a couple of crushed garlic cloves with warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes.
- Aphrodisiac. Garlic has been recognized as an aphrodisiac. Garlic contains an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase which is in control for the contrivance called erection.
- Mosquito Repellant. Garlic contains powerful substances such as allicin which is unfriendly to mosquitoes. Additionally, garlic’s strong smell is effective at warding off mosquitoes.
- High Blood Pressure. Compounds in garlic dilate the blood vessels, lowers high blood pressure and prevents heart disease. (here)
- Food Poisoning. Garlic is very effective in fighting food poisoning. Scientists found that a garlic-derived compound called diallyl sulphide is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting Campylobacter bacteria. (source)
- Healthy Skin. The high sulfur content in garlic helps to tone the skin and make it smooth.
- Slows Down Aging. Garlic is an excellent source of selenium, which works in tandum with vitamin E to boost antioxidant properties thus preventing premature aging.
- Gas. Garlic contains sulfur which helps with stomach-distending gas. It also helps stimulate digestion. Garlic kills harmful intestinal bacteria and aids in the growth of beneficial bacteria.