Garlic, an onion species, is a bulbous plant that grows to 4 ft. tall. It is grown year round in ideally sunny locations with dry soils that have a high organic material content; however, garlic is capable of growing in a variety of soils and pH levels.
For thousands of years, garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, its first recorded use dating back to ancient Egypt. Since then, garlic has been used worldwide for treatment of various conditions and is renowned as one of nature’s wonder.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic supports blood and heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, fighting coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis that hardens arteries, and by decreasing the risks of a heart attack.
Garlic is commonly used to treat diabetes, enlarged prostate, diarrhea and hay fever. It combats coughs, fever, sinus congestion, headaches, and other symptoms associated with common cold and flu. It also helps with asthma, hemorrhoids, bronchitis, high and low blood sugar, and snakebites. Garlic fights stress and fatigue, helps maintain a healthy liver and boosts the immune system to fight off infections.
Topical application of garlic applied directly to the skin treats fungal infections, warts, athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Garlic is also added into foods, in addition to all its benefits, to prevent food poisoning, as it’s thought to kill off certain bacteria.
How to Use
A garlic clove can directly be applied to skin to treat warts, fungal infections, etc. To add to meals, finely chop the garlic clove or use a garlic press. Garlic can be added to a variety of dishes to enhance flavor and fight infections. It can also be eaten raw to fight cold and flu symptoms.
To help fight intestinal parasites, steep a garlic clove in a glass of water overnight, and it’s ready to drink in the morning.
Powdered garlic can also be bought in capsules for a convenient way to intake the nutrition garlic offers.