Studies have substantiated the use of garlic in treating a wide range of diseases and medical conditions, from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to preventing gastrointestinal cancer.
Eating raw garlic is by far the best way to maximize its health benefits, far superior to pills and supplements. Garlic produces allicin, an organosulfur compound that is created when garlic is crushed, chopped, or minced. Allicin is extremely unstable and quickly breaks down into other sulfur-containing compounds such as diallyl disulfide. These compounds react with the human body in various complex ways, appearing to lower blood pressure and reduce arterial fatty plaque build-up.
Studies have shown that eating garlic on an empty stomach makes it a powerful natural antibiotic. Besides being effective for circulation, it also prevents heart problems and aids in proper functioning of the liver and bladder. It is effective for stomach problems, like diarrhea.
Garlic is considered to be one of the most powerful foods to help detoxify the body in alternative medicine. Experts in this branch of medicine insist that garlic is so powerful that it can get rid of parasites and worms, and prevent diseases like typhus, diabetes, depression, and some types of cancer.
People who are allergic to garlic and those who take medicines for HIV/AIDS should consult your doctor before consuming it.
Using Garlic as Medicine
Tuberculosis: Eat an entire bulb of garlic a day by dividing it in various portions.
Bronchial disease: You will need 200 grams of garlic, 700 grams of refined sugar, and 1000 grams of water. Boil the water with garlic and then add the sugar. Drink three tablespoons of this infusion a day.
Garlic cures hemorrhoids, constipation and earaches. For constipation and hemorrhoids, boil water with a good amount of garlic and put the infusion in a container that will allow you to breath in its vapors. You can breathe in the vapors until the water gets cold. For earaches, take out a little bit of juice from the garlic clove and put one or two drops in the ear in pain.
Asthma: Garlic juice 10 drops, 2 spoons honey in a glass of water given daily to asthma sufferers helps in controlling attacks. This can be given even during an asthma attack.
Sore throat: Gargle with hot water mixed with garlic juice.
Pneumonia: Add juice of garlic in hot water and drink this. It reduces chest pain too.
Cough: In 60 grams of mustard oil, put 1 full garlic pod after removing the outer skin. Cook this. Massage this oil on the chest and throat.
Itching: Boil garlic in oil. Strain and cool. Massage with this oil.
Eczema: Burn garlic. Mix the ash in honey. Apply on the affected part.
Dental diseases: For swelling of gums, pain, or bad breath, add 20 drops of garlic juice to 1 teaspoon of honey and lick. To 60 grams of mustard oil add 1 pod garlic cloves de-skinned. Cook this till the garlic is burnt. Cool the oil and strain it. Add 30 grams of burnt carom seeds and 15 grams of ground rock salt. Brush teeth with this oil. It relieves normal dental problems and pyrrhoea , if continued for 2 to 3 months.
Hair Lice: Grind garlic. Mix with lemon juice. At night massage this in the hair. Wash hair in the morning. Do this for 5 days every day. It kills lice.
Cholesterol: It is very effective in reducing cholesterol and therefore of help in heart attacks and heart disease. Clarified butter increases blood thickness and increases cholesterol which causes thickening and hardening of arteries. Garlic consumption reduces these changes from occurring.
How to Consume Garlic
Garlic should be consumed within an hour or two of activating the allicin (by crushing or mincing the garlic) to get the full potential health benefits.
Heat can also destroy allicin and its resulting sulfur-containing compounds, so recipes that call for cooking garlic at high heat for long periods of time nullifies most of its nutrition.
Baking or roasting whole cloves or heads of garlic also won’t produce allicin as the cloves must be crushed, chopped, or minced to mix the parts together that produce allicin.
Garlic causes sharp burning sensation and can burn the skin, can cause blisters. Hence, apply cautiously for a short time only.
Garlic smell can be removed by keeping the deskinned garlic cloves dipped in water for 12 hours. Chewing coriander also masks garlic smell.