Garlic was used as natural medicine long before it is used as a condiment. the Codex Ebro, an Egyptian papyrus dating from 1550 BC, contains 22 benefits of garlic for healing purposes in heart disease, intestinal parasites, tumors … Already in the oldest civilizations, garlic was consumed and recommended to give energy and provide protection against all kinds of ailments.
Garlic is a food with many benefits and properties. We can also consider it to be essential in our kitchen and it is relatively easy to sow and grow in your garden or urban garden. It is a medicinal plant that we can cultivate ourselves.
Many advantages but also some contraindications. In high doses it can be harmful, people who suffer from headaches and gallstones should avoid it. It is also not recommended for women while breastfeeding. In the article 10 prohibited foods for dogs We are talking about the great damage of garlic to these animals.
The way to take it or prepare it is also very important. A popular saying in Latin America tells us “cooked garlic, lost garlic“. The best way to take advantage of all of its medicinal properties is to consume it raw, cooked loses over 90% of its effectiveness. You can eat it whole, finely chopped or mashed.
Benefits of garlic.
- Facial cleanser.
- Spots on the face.
- Control cholesterol.
- Improves circulation.
- Ally against hypertension.
- Improves digestion.
- Colds and flu
- Intestinal infections
- Treatment of cold sores.
- Help to lose weight.
- Athlete’s foot.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Repair of broken glass.
- Remove the skin fragments.
- Syrup against cough.
- Disinfectant cleaner.
In 1858 Louis Pasteur has shown garlic to be a highly recommended natural antibiotic shown in the laboratory to stop the growth of bacteria. During World War II, due to the shortage of antibiotics, the Russian military used it en masse for its sick and wounded in combat.
We talked about natural antibiotics not too long ago, including the benefits of garlic.
This remedy should be used with great caution because the ear is a very delicate area. We crush a clove of garlic and put it with a tablespoon of hot olive oil in a container, let stand for 5 minutes. We filter it and let it cool, to finally deposit a few drops in the ear canal.
Crushing garlic and applying it on the affected parts relieves rheumatic pain.
Having a garlic salad with lettuce for dinner will help us sleep better.
Some women use garlic as a facial cleanser. To apply it, make a thin paste of garlic by mixing it with a little olive oil and sugar. It is applied in a circular manner on the face to finally rinse off with water. If you have any wounds it is better not to use it as it can sting a lot.
Spots on the face.
Crush the garlic and apply to the spots. Eat a raw garlic clove at the same time, for several days.
A study from Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that the allicin in garlic reduces total cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. Allicin is a sulfur compound found in garlic that only appears when garlic is crushed or cut.
By helping to lower cholesterol, it also reduces arterial blockages or arteriosclerosis which is the cause of most heart attacks and strokes. The main positive effect of garlic comes from vitamin B, which lowers levels of homocysteine, a substance that can damage the walls of blood vessels, and selenium which helps fight heart disease.
It is a good ally in the fight against varicose veins, an excellent food for reducing inflammation of the veins and improving circulation.
Ally against hypertension.
Taking garlic promotes the secretion of gastric juices, its antiseptic and antibiotic action fights many diseases of the digestive system.
Colds and flu
It is credited with a decongestant effect in the treatment of respiratory tract ailments, by resolving congestion, promoting disinfection, deflating the bronchi and expectorating. Eat three to four garlic cloves a day, preferably raw and crushed, add them to soups, stews, pasta sauces and dressings.
Garlic has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Scientists have found that consuming garlic can increase the sexual desire of men with impotence because garlic helps circulation and pumping blood to the extremities.
The antioxidant power of garlic helps the skin and other tissues to regenerate and stay young. Garlic masks soften and strengthen the skin, besides helping with cell regeneration, among home remedies it is very popular for combating acne. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the face using the inner part of the garlic in contact with the skin, leave for a few minutes and wash well with neutral soap to remove the odor, antibacterial properties of garlic help reduce the appearance of acne and manage to calm the one we already have.
Garlic is said to help fight intestinal infections caused by food even better than some antibiotics, as found in a study by researchers at Washington State University.
Raw garlic is a great natural option for expelling intestinal parasites. It’s recommended as part of a cleansing diet, which also includes honey, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, carrots, and beets. Garlic consumed in amounts of about three cloves per day helps the parasites move out of the digestive tract.
It is advisable to plant garlic throughout our garden. You can make an insecticide from alcohol and garlic, to use it as: Insecticide, repellant and fungicide, homemade and ecological.
Toni Frito explained it to us in a phenomenal way in this article: How to make a garlic infusion against aphids.
If you are interested in this type of ecological natural pesticides, we have an ideal article for you.
Treatment of cold sores.
Cut a garlic clove in half and place it directly on the hesperids for 10 minutes, several times a day. Eating garlic can also speed up the healing process.
Help to lose weight.
Garlic sends signals of fullness to our brain and also stimulates metabolic function which helps you burn more calories.
Garlic is a very potent natural fungicide, which makes it ideal for treating fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Add a few crushed garlic cloves in a basin of lukewarm water and soak the feet for 30 minutes.
Mosquitoes hate garlic. Heat a little olive oil with a few crushed garlic cloves, let stand 24 hours. Mix with a glass of water and the juice of a lemon, stir and filter the resulting liquid in a spray bottle.
Repair of broken glass.
When the glass is slightly scratched, garlic can be a quick and temporary fix until you can get it changed. Rub with garlic crushed cracks. Garlic is an exceptional glue, so it will prevent cracks from getting bigger and damage from getting bigger.
Remove the skin fragments.
We cut a slice of garlic and put it on the splinter, holding it with a bandage, we wait a few hours and remove the bandage, the splinter will be taken out.
Regular consumption of garlic helps to achieve intestinal balance because it promotes the growth of beneficial flora, at the same time as it kills harmful bacteria, allowing for more efficient digestion in the long term.
Syrup against cough.
Relieves inflammation and helps remove excess mucus. Garlic infusion is made by putting two peeled cloves in boiling water for 5 minutes, it can be taken with ginger and honey, to make it more pleasant.
Garlic salt is used on many roads to prevent asphalt from freezing, although it is not common for batches of unsuitable garlic salt to be found on the roads sometimes.
Chop 4 cloves of garlic and put them in a spray bottle containing white vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon essence and you’re done.
Characteristics of garlic.
Garlic is a plant native to Western Asia, cultivated for more than 7000 years. It measures about 30 cm and the bulb consists of a head divided into segments that are usually called teeth, wrapped in a thin film.
Garlic is planted in winter or early spring, and harvesting takes place in August. After harvest, the garlic heads should stay in a place without too much heat or cold and with good ventilation, where they will dry for several weeks.
Nutritional properties of garlic.
the Garlic is a food that stands out for its caloric content, more than 100 kcal per 100 grams. The nutritional content of garlic is mainly based on carbohydrates, although it also contains protein (5 gr / 100 gr).
Rich in minerals such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. Group B vitamins and aromatic sulfur compounds such as alliin or allicin.
Types of garlic.
With similar nutritional characteristics, there are small differences:
- White garlic: The most common. The head of this garlic usually has more pods than other types, they are more fleshy and keep longer.
- Purple garlic: They ripen earlier than the whites and are generally larger but keep less long and are a bit spicier.
- Garlic sprouts or young garlic: small and with a less pronounced taste and smell. Garlic is underripe garlic that has been picked before the bulb sprouts.
How to grow garlic.
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