Garlic Remedies for 7 Common Health Concerns

Garlic can help treat a host of conditions. Try some of the garlic remedies here as a natural alternative to harsh medicines.

| November 2012

Garlic The Mighty Bulb By Liza Gardner Walsh

“Garlic: The Mighty Bulb” contains instructions on how to grow garlic, 50 delicious recipes and garlic cures for common health problems. This comprehensive guide takes you into the world of garlic and presents its astonishing versatility.

Cover Courtesy Firefly Books

Harness the healing properties of this powerful plant in Garlic: The Mighty Bulb (Firefly Books, 2012). Author Natasha Edwards shares her expert knowledge on all things garlic with this comprehensive guide. Learn how to separate fact from fiction about garlic’s medicinal claims, and try some garlic remedies for common illnesses in this excerpt taken from the section “Health and Remedies.”

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Garlic: The Mighty Bulb.

Written records of the last few centuries contain numerous references to garlic’s use as a natural medicine, but which of these still hold value to us today? Let’s have a look at the evidence for garlic’s main medicinal claims, from historical traditions to current scientific research.

Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever.” —Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the National Cancer Institute’s “Designer Foods” program

Bites and Stings

Many references in traditional medicine suggest garlic’s use as a first-aid remedy against assaults from bug bites and stings. Modern science has taught us that although garlic can be of some limited use in stopping the spread of stings or venom, this is not its trump card. Thankfully, we now have access to correct anti-venoms for serious bites and stings so I strongly recommend seeking them out rather than using garlic! We also know that pain or irritation from minor bites from mosquitoes, for example, is due to inflammation, so garlic has limited use once bites and stings have occurred. As an antidote, garlic may be used as a last resort remedy to help slow the spread of stings from bees or wasps or venom from snakes or scorpions, but in the latter cases the correct anti-venom should be sought.

Garlic works better as a deterrent rather than as an antidote for most bites and stings. Regular consumption of garlic is an effective repellent to mosquitoes and gnats: a small amount of sulfur released in the perspiration after eating garlic prevents insects from biting. Alternatively, a solution of garlic and water or garlic crushed into petroleum jelly and applied to the skin is helpful in warding off all types of insects. Indian women add garlic to the oil they rub on their hair to keep head lice away. Rubbing garlic into your children’s hair before school may create worse problems than lice, but for pets it can be an ideal way to keep their coat free from fleas, ticks and lice. Combining garlic with your pet’s food is another way to repel such parasites.

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