Latin Name: allium sativum
Alternative Name: ajo, poor man’s treacle, stinkweed
Forms Available: bulb
Garlic – allium sativum – Garlic has a clustered bulb made up of several bulblets -cloves- enclosed in a papery tunic. It has a single stem with long, thin leaves and an ubmel of edible, rose-tinted white summer flowers and a bulb whose flavor increases the more it is sliced or crushed. Cooking with fresh ginger prevents the slight nausea some experience with Garlic. Garlic repels insects and can be applied to their bites and stings. The cloves add flavor to savory dishes, especially in hot countries where the plants develop the best flavor. Garlic purifies the blood, helps control acne, and reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and clotting. Tests confirm antibiotic activity against samples of candida, cholora, staphylococcus, salmonella, dysentery, and typhus: and a mild antifungal action. Garlic clears phlegm, thus providing treatment for colds, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and whooping cough. New tests suggest it has a role in treating lead poisoning, some carcinomas and diabetes. It’s said that growing garlic around potatoes reduces potato blight.
The garlic bulb is one of the great herbal “polycrests” – herbs of many uses. Fresh garlic is a preventative and a cure for intestinal worms. It is generally taken in one-teaspoon doses, three to six times a day, with some grated fresh ginger root. Garlic is a natural antibiotic for internal and external use. Mash it and use as a wound dressing. For a sore throat, lightly roast unpeeled cloves in a dry frying pan, peel them when they grow soft, and eat them. For pinworms, a slightly smashed fresh clove can be inserted into the rectum with olive oil. For vaginal infections, smash a few cloves and wrap them in cheese cloth. Insert directly into the vagina. Fresh raw garlic is more effective than the powdered and extracted forms available for sale. Garlic has been shown to be more effective than tetracycline as an antibiotic.
CAUTION: Pregnant women and persons with “hot and fiery” temperaments should avoid overuse of garlic.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A natural antibiotic, reduces mucous, blood thinner, cholesterol lowering, insect repellant.
Other Uses: In the home, braids of garlic guard against evil, repel thieves, turns away the envious, and of course, garlic protects against vampires. It is a very effective blessing for a new home. Worn, garlic guards against foul weather.
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