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Garlic – (Allium sativum)


Garlic is grown the world over and is best known for its use in cooking. It is probably best known in Italian and Chinese dishes, but is used in many other cuisines as well. All parts of the plant are edible, but the most frequently used is the clove, or bulb of the plant. It is easy to grow and is bothered by few pests. The herb is famous in folklore for warding off vampires and other demonic monsters. There is a difference between consuming as a food and taking a medicinal quantity of this herb.

Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic. It can help reduce cholesterol and can cleanse the blood. It can help prevent and fight the common cold. It is also used to relieve hoarseness and coughs. It has expectorant qualities. It can help regulate blood sugar levels, and may prevent some complications of diabetes. It may also have some cancer fighting qualities. Supplements of the herb can boost testosterone levels. Despite the fact that many people do not like the smell that garlic lovers may demonstrate, it may actually repel mosquitoes, which is very helpful.

Externally – Apart from keeping away vampires, not used externally.

Other Uses – It is used to season foods of all kinds. The flowers and curled 'garlic whips' of the stalk can be added to salads and stir-fries for a mild garlic flavor.

Parts Used

Bulb – The bulb or clove is the portion of the plant that is used medicinally. You can eat this herb in medicinal quantities or take capsules, tablets, tinctures or extracts.


Side effects include most commonly halitosis (bad breath), indigestion, emesis, heartburn, diarrhea and nausea.

There is a possibility that it may interact with anticoagulant medication, hypoglycemic, and possibly other medications. Be sure your caregiver knows you take or plan to take herbal supplements. Diabetics on insulin should not take medicinal quantities of the herb.

High consumption of garlic supplements have been linked with a possibility of bleeding risk, especially during pregnancy, after childbirth and after surgery. Mothers who eat a lot may notice the smell emanating from their baby if they breastfeed. Some babies may be slow to nurse if they don't care for garlic in the milk. Mothers who notice this may want to cut back a little on their consumption. Large quantities of the herb may also affect the liver adversely.

If fresh garlic is applied topically on acne or other skin ailments, you may notice a burn. These burns may be serious if it is applied long enough. It should not be used topically or inserted into body cavities to cure infections due to this reaction of the body.

It may be toxic to household pets.

Preparation and Dosage

If you are taking supplements, follow the directions on the label. A syrup may be made by melting 1-1/2 ounces of sugar in 1 ounce of raw garlic juice to treat coughs.

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