The humble garlic bulb, much maligned for it's lingering odour.
fter circulating in the blood stream, allicin is excreted via the lungs, bowels, skin and urinary system - all of which are disinfected in the process.
There are many uses for garlic, below are a few of interest to you.
Garlic drives away infection and Vampires!
Garlic is an ancient remedy with a powerful effect on infections. When crushed, raw garlic releases allicin which is strongly antibiotic.
Garlic taken in winter is like a package of concentrated sunshine, boosting your circulation and helping to drive out the cold and damp. It will ward off infections of all sorts, as the pungent oil is effective against bacterial, viral and fungal infections, and it is particularly useful for people who are prone to coughs, colds and chest infections.
Garlic's anti microbial effect can help to combat sore throats, colds and flu, bronchial and lung infections, as well as yeast and intestinal infections, and worms. In the respiratory system, garlic also acts as a decongestant and expectorant, making it an excellent remedy for coughs, chest infections, and bronchial asthma. Because it causing sweating, it can be used to bring down a fever. Garlic improves digestion, simulating the secretion of digestive juices and the movement of food through the intestines. It's antiseptic action cleanses the liver and the digestive system, thereby improving general health. Research has show Garlic's ability to lower blood pressure and a tendency to clotting. Research has also shown that garlic acts as a powerful antioxidant and it's sulphur compounds can inhibit tumours.
Garlic may be crushed, macerated in oil, or made into an ointment and applied to cuts, inflamed joints, rheumatism, sprains, athletes foot, ringworm, as well as stings and bites. An oil infusion can be dropped into the ear to relieve earache, and rubbed into the chest to treat coughs and chest infections, such as bronchitis and whopping cough. Being antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic garlic has been successfully used in the past to treat food poisoning, diarrhea and dysentery, cholera and typhoid.
A. sativum not only helps cleanse the digestive system, but also stimulates the release of digestive juices, so you make better use of your food. Although its pungent taste and smell can be overpowering, in small amounts it enhances the flavours of other foods. As a result, A. sativum is used in many types of cuisine around the world.
Allium sativum likes a hot, dry climate and a well drained soil, but sunshine is its prime requirement. In the northern hemisphere, sow individual cloves in autumn,and loft and dry the bulbs in late summer, when the leaves are dying back. They should keep for a few months if you store them in a cool dry place.