Garlic: A Superfood for Health and the Immune System

Mar 07, 2017

The health benefits and healing properties from the lowly garlic plant are staggering. Garlic has been used as a natural remedy and delicious food accent for thousands of years. From infections to inflammation to colds and coughs, a cheaper cure could hardly be found.

Healing Compounds in Garlic

One little clove of garlic is packed full of vitamins, minerals allicin, sulfur compounds, potassium, and selenium.

Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic. It stimulates the immune system, thins the blood, and helps the bile to come out of the gall bladder. It is counted as an anti-oxidant. Studies have found that garlic reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, making it useful in heart disease prevention.1

Do I Have to Use Fresh Garlic to Benefit from It?

Some people just do not enjoy fresh garlic. While fresh garlic is an inexpensive and ideal way to use garlic, garlic powder and garlic supplements can be suitable and even sometimes preferable. Pubmed reports that the garlic in the supplement form of “aged garlic extract” appears to reduce the severity of colds and influenza and enhance immune function.2 Often “aged garlic extract” is “odorless” which may be necessary if you work in close contact with others whom might not be thrilled about your “garlic breath.” A garlic supplement is also much easier to take on the go or first thing in the morning.

List of Garlic Cures

  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Viruses
  • Strep Throat
  • Staph Infections
  • Influenza
  • Tonsillitis
  • Mono
  • Sore Throat
  • Tooth Abscess
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Fungus
  • Thrush
  • Arthritis
  • Indigestion
  • Sinus Infections
  • Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Ringworm
  • Warts
  • Yeast Infections
  • Heart Tonic
  • Diabetes

How to Use Garlic

First of all, you should always have a bulb of garlic in the kitchen. It lasts a long time. Hopefully you will find ways to use it before it goes bad.  But for about a buck a bulb, it makes sense to have it on hand for medicinal purposes anyway. Using it regularly may make it so you wouldn’t even need it for medicine since it boosts your immune system!

Raw

Taking your garlic fresh raw is ideal. It is very powerful taken this way. When you are using it to fight an infection, you will want to take one clove (one piece of the bulb) 3-4 times a day. Break off a clove of garlic. Remove the “paper” skin. Chop your garlic up finely with a knife or garlic press. You can crush it with the handle of a knife. Crushing your garlic will begin to release the medicinal properties contained within. Allow the crushed garlic to sit for 15 minutes to allow the allicin to develop. Now you can take your dose of garlic! You can mix it into some yogurt, cottage cheese, or honey. You can spread it on a piece of bread or cracker. You can mix it into your salad.

Soup

If you are sick, you can add an entire bulb of garlic to your soup as it simmers! Break the cloves apart and remove the “paper” skins. At this point you can mince the garlic or just toss the whole cloves in. They will cook and soften. They will have a mouth feel similar to a chunk of potato. The cooking will mellow out the garlic a good bit, but you will still end up with “garlic breath!”

Garlic Oil

There is not much that beats garlic oil for a cough. You need to be prepared ahead of time, though. It is best to make a batch in the fall. It will probably last you all winter. Make a fresh batch each fall.

How to Make Garlic Oil

  • You will need 1 bulb of garlic. If you have roommates or a family you will want to start with 2-3 bulbs of garlic. Even if you don’t use organic products as a rule, spring for organic for the garlic for your recipe.
  • Separate the cloves from the bulbs. Remove the paper skins. Use a garlic press or food processor to mince the garlic.
  • Put the minced garlic in a glass jar.
  • Pour organic olive oil over the minced garlic until the garlic is covered completely. Put a lid on the jar. Use tape and a marker to label your jar with the date. Keep the oil on your countertop. Shake the oil and garlic daily. After 10 days, strain out the garlic. A piece of clean old t-shirt works the best.
  • Voila! Now you have garlic oil!
  • Label, date, and store your garlic oil in the refrigerator until you need it. It will last for months in the refrigerator. When you need the oil, remove from the refrigerator. You can leave it on the counter for several days if you are needing it often, otherwise, you will need to put your jar of garlic oil into a pan of hot water to bring the oil to room temperature. Olive oil will solidify in the refrigerator.

What to Do with your Garlic Oil!

Cough

This is an amazing remedy for a cough. Rub the garlic oil onto your chest or back. It will absorb into the lungs. You can do this several times a day and before bed to knock out a lung infection. Used very often it can also help with pneumonia. It is also useful for wheezing and asthma.

Wear old clothes when using garlic oil. The oil can stain clothes (and bedding) and may leave an odor that is hard to get out even with washing. But it will be worth it.

Ear Infection

Garlic oil is a wonderful remedy for ear infections. Warm your garlic oil (never in the microwave) and put a few drops in each ear. (First check the temperature on your wrist as you would milk from a bottle for a baby so you do not burn your ear!)

Topical Use

Garlic oil can also be used topically on ringworm, toenail fungus, tinea versicolor or skin infections.

If you need garlic oil now and haven’t made it yet, go ahead and get some going. You can use a bit from your jar each day before it is ready. It won’t be as strong but it should still be helpful.

Garlic Side Effects

You are probably aware of garlic’s most glaring side effect – its potent odor. Your body will usually expel the garlic odor until the garlic has completely metabolized, which can take 12-24 hours. It can leave a garlic taste in the mouth which some find unpleasant.

Some find that raw garlic can cause nausea or digestive distress, especially if taken on an empty stomach.

Garlic Contraindications

Garlic does thin the blood. If you are taking garlic in larger amounts for medicinal reasons, you should stop taking it two weeks before any scheduled surgery to avoid bleeding risks.

If you are on blood thinning medications, have ITP or any other bleeding or blood disorder, do not take therapeutic amounts of garlic without consulting your health professional. There are reports of unexpected and excessive bleeding during surgery that are connected to consumption of large amounts of garlic.3

Garlic Buying Tips

When buying fresh garlic, look for plump firm bulbs. Squishy or hollow sounding garlic are not fresh.

Ideally, and especially for medicinal use, organic garlic is preferable. Local farmers markets can be an ideal source of very fresh garlic.

Have you used garlic for your health? Please send us some feedback!

Continue reading to see how our readers have used this wonderful home remedy.

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26764327

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26764332

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27782907



History of Garlic  

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Garlic has a long history in folklore as a protector from disease and evil spirits (such as vampires). For these reasons, garlic is not only consumed as a healthy food and medicine but it is also worn to fight various ills. Many native cultures throughout the Caribbean use garlic in religious rituals and divinations. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used garlic in infectious diseases and particularly prescribed it for intestinal disorders.

12th century German mystic Hildegarde von Bingen recommended simmering garlic in water for twenty minutes and drinking the "tea" for bronchial problems like asthma. This treatment is still in use in many cultures. Three cloves of garlic in boiling water is also recommended as a topical cure for athlete's foot. Additionally, garlic was used extensively in the battlefields during World War I (1914-1918) to treat and dress wounds and infections. Being a natural antibiotic and widely available, it was the most effective antiseptic available at the time.

HEALING POWERS OF GARLIC:
Garlic has been used in herbal medicine to treat asthma, deafness, leprosy, bronchial, congestion, hardening of arteries, fevers, worms and liver and gall bladder trouble. Herbal books list it being useful in Leucoderma, leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders and cough. Additionally, it is reported that garlic is good for the heart, stimulates appetite, and is an energy tonic.

Garlic's unpleasant odor is due to its sulphur content. This mineral is contained to a greater degree in its volatile oil, which has remarkable medicinal virtues.

Juice of garlic has a most beneficial effect on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs. It also helps expel poison from body through pores of the skin.

Replied by atul
Washington, DC
07/16/2009

The way i'm having garlic juice is: take 2-3 cubes of garlic, cut each cube into two/three pieces, put them in a glass of water (room temp), cover the glass and soak the garlic for the whole night. next morning drink the water in empty stomach. you can use the same group of garlic for 2-3 days. i've been having it for little over a year. i used to have cold at least once every winter, but not anymore.

Replied by Kathryn
Raleigh, North Carolina, Usa
12/02/2011

WARNING! I had an upper respiratory bacterial infection (green and yellow mucus secondary to a virus) and read a number of posts here about raw garlic and, not wanting to chew it, I put raw garlic packs under my feet (chopped several large cloves and put them on plastic wrap and wrapped each foot, put socks over) and left the first pack all afternoon. I didn't notice a problem. I decided to do it again and leave them overnight. The next morning I awoke to find that the mucus was clear again, BUT I had very itchy, swollen, bright red feet. The itching nearly drove me crazy and I scratched... Big mistake. By the next day the arches of my feet were covered in large blisters, the itching is even worse, and my feet look and feel almost identical to when I had an emergency room level drug reaction to Keflex last year (before it was over I looked like I had third degree burns in all the intriginous skin areas and it took five months to heal -- the dermatologists at Duke had never seen anything like it... they thought it was a fungal infection and only a skin biopsy confirmed the drug reaction).

I came back here immediately and read more about garlic and saw somewhere a post from a mother who said her daughter's skin blisters when it's exposed to garlic. Since I've eaten raw garlic in green smoothies every day for the last year I didn't think it could be the garlic; perhaps a reaction to the plastic wrap (I'm multiple chemical sensitive and react to all sorts of things). So the night before last I put one slice of garlic on my forearm and covered it in paper tape for sensitive skin. In the morning it seemed fine... At first. By evening a red patch had appeared and I felt a slight itch. By the next day the spot was swollen and red and definitely itching. I've been treating my feet with ACV, magnesium oil, and triamcinolone acetonide (prescription topical steroid I was given for the Keflex reaction), so I put that on the arm spot that day each time I did my feet (every three hours). This morning the arm spot is still red, swollen, and itches and has a small blister.

Never again will I put raw garlic on my skin. When asked if I have allergies I will list a topical allergy to raw garlic.

My QUESTION is: Should I continue to eat raw garlic? I'm not certain yet, but it seems to me that I have a fit of intense itching shortly after drinking even a small glass of green smoothie with raw garlic.

Replied by Dud
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
12/02/2011

Kathryn;

I think raw garlic placed on external skin for long enuf would ulcerate anyones' skin. I would not assume I was allergic to it, for that reason. It also done my skin that way.

However, the word on the street, is that USA stores are now selling chinese grown garlic. This garlic is said to test for prescence of arsenic..... Per this message board

My recent experience with side effects from taking no-brand garlic internally, seems to support this. [ I seemed to get side effects indicating possible poisoning. ] Before the chinese garlic was imported to the USA, I had no problems with taking garlic internally, and got some benefits.

Maybe we are all being poisoned via our food supply now.

I am going to start buying the USA GROWN brand garlic, grown in California. Christophers Ranch brand, to see is side effects go away.


Replied by Kathy
Benton, Arkansas
01/24/2012

You are not allergic to topical garlic. Garlic burns sensitive skin. You have a burn! You are supposed to use gauze between the garlic and your skin. You will have to experiment to see how much gauze you need but the garlic fumes and garlic will seep through the gauze but not enough to burn you unless you do not use enough gauze. I use tea bags to make a poultice of garlic. I put one on each side of my back for a lung infection. It is working but at first I burned my skin. Live and learn.

Replied by Mawgee
Shelton, Wa
08/20/2012

I also believe china is poisioning us, with all of their cheap products. Not the general population, the government. Thats more or less been proven, baby bottles, kids toys.... lots of toxic items! Beware.

Replied by Jackie
Orlando, Florida
12/07/2012

is the garlic remedy good for kids too my seven year old is sick with the cold.


Replied by Adrienne
New Zealand
09/30/2016

Perhaps anyone reacting to garlic may have sensitivities to sulphur, particularly if sensitive or allergic to sulphur based antibiotics and products.

Replied by Dennis
Georgia
12/22/2016

What you should have done is mash the garlic gloves up on some plastic wrap. Rub your feet in Olive oil. Then wrap the plastic wrap around your feet. Put enough plastic wrap around your feet to keep the olive oil from leaking out. Next put your sock on. Do this before you go to bed and take it off when you wake up. Wash your feet and do it again the next night. This will cure toe nail fungus. The olive oil will protect your skin from a rash.

Summary  



* Garlic is a gastric stimulant & helps with digestion.
* It acts as an anti flatulent, carminative and diaphoretic.
* It stimulates the kidneys and is diuretic in nature.
* It is a tonic, giving strength & vitality
* It is an expectorant having a special effect on the bronchial and pulmonary secretions.
* It is beneficial for eyes & brain.
* It helps to heal fractured bones (also see comfrey poultices)
* It is a great antiseptic.
* It has allicin, which has the property to destroy germs which are not killed by penicillin. As such, it is a very powerful germicidal.
* It rehabilitates sexual malfunctions.
* It improves functional activity of heavy smokers.
* Half a raw garlic clove a day can increase body activity to dissolve blood clots, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes.
* A couple of raw garlic cloves daily can bring blood cholesterol levels down in heart patients.

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Allergies  

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Posted by Haywood (Arlington, VA) on 03/16/2006
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I cut up cloves like the size of pills, and took them with water. I did this treatment at night so I could go through the next day without being bothered with hay fever.


Angina - Warning  

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Posted by Pat (Burlington, Vermont) on 07/10/2007
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Warning

Although many of you believe you have been cured of angina by taking garlic and flaxseed, I am afraid that is is not true and you are in a dangerous situation. These supplements are very useful and strong if used correctly...as prevention. However, they cannot unclog arteries. Please be good to yourself and reasonable. Use all available treatments and advice together! There are plenty of wonderful cardiologists who have a holistic approach.

Replied by Kathy
Benton, Arkansas
11/27/2011

Be very careful about e-mails such as those who direct you to not take supplements. They are probably from big pharmaceutical companies. Many pharmaeutical drugs say they can cause tuberculosis and many other dibilitating problems and many of them say they end in death. Do not be influenced, use your own common sense if you think you need a drug check it out on drugs.com We are guinea pigs for pharmaceutical companies who need to test their drugs on the masses. CAUTION

Replied by Kathy
Benton, Ar
11/29/2011

There is a supplement that will help your arteries. It was discovered by Dr. Louis Ignarro who won a nobel prize for his discovery - Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke with Nitric Oxide. I take 1000 mg L-Arginine and 750 L-Citralline daily - taken together in the a.m. before eating. It relaxes the arteries from a hard, tight state. I have taken these two supplements for three years for plaque in my left subclavian artery. I get an ultra sound every year. My blood pressures were different in my arms the first two years. The third year, last year, my blood pressures were the same and my ultra sound results were very good. My doctor, a vascular surgeon, is following me closely. You can read about Dr. Ignarro in The World's Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets, Bottom Line Publications. He was also interviewed by Hugh Downs for his discovery.

Replied by Doreen
Long Beach, California
12/13/2011

Another cardiologist found that Co-Q10, magnesium, D-ribose and L-Carnitine work wonders on heart patients of all levels, he even said that some of t hem were on the waiting list for heart transplant and got off of it after taking those supplements together... He calls them the "Awesome Foursome". The cardiologist's name is Stephen Sinatra. You might want to read about it, I found it to be amazing!

Replied by Kathy
Benton, Ar
01/07/2012

Garlic. Since my last post I have been crushing the garlic instead of chopping it. I allow it to sit for 10 minutes for the Allicin to work and take it in one teaspoon with water. I do this 2x daily. Heating the garlic removes its potency. Taking crushed or chopped garlic too soon after crushing or chopping prevents the allicin from doing its job. There are many places on EarthClinic to read how to take garlic. There are many websites to read how to take garlic.

Replied by Kathy
Benton, Ar
01/24/2012

http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com - learn more about garlic - garlic does reduce artery plaque, can cure MRSA, many, many things - it is a natural antibiotic. It will burn your skin if you are sensitive to garlic. That doesn't mean you are allergic, it simply means put something between your skin and the garlic. Use a mask with a garlic poultice in it to breathe garlic into the lungs. Make a paste of olive oil and garlic, place in poultice (tea bag), place on bottom of feet in the ball behind the toes for garlic to get to the lungs over night. I wrapped a piece of garlic in gauze and put in my ear over night. Earache gone the next morning. Breathing it into the lungs is also good for unclogging sinus. Go to the website I provided above.


Bacterial Vaginosis  

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Posted by Aminta (Charlotte, NC) on 10/11/2008
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I want to thank earthclinic.com for starting this website. It has truly been a blessing to me. I am writing to let you ladies know that, although no one commented that they used fresh garlic as a cure, it really works. I have suffered from BV for 3 yrs (since my husband cheated on me). Every other month after that I was getting recurrences of BV. Like the rest of you, neither the cream's nor pill's got rid of the BV for good. I recently was reading up on how natural garlic heal's so many ailment's. So, I bought so garlic, peeled it and wrapped it in gauze. I tied it with dental floss and inserted it in my vagina once a day, preferably at night before bed. I would remove the garlic every morning before taking my shower. I did this for 7 day's and I am symptom free still today. The bad thing about it is that the smell of garlic doesn't wear off for a while so if you are sexually active often then I wouldn't recommend this home remedy. I hope this remedy help's you ladies. It is alot cheaper on your pocket's. I bought 2 bulb's of garlic for under $1.00.

Replied by D
Birmingham, Al
09/19/2012

What do you mean it doesn't wear off for a while... ? Weeks, months?

Replied by Nice
Houston, Tx
11/14/2012

I have tried too! Was so tired of it & trying over the counter products. Garlic is the remedy..:)


Bloating  

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Posted by Cateye (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/20/2011
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Just did a quick squizz to see what this brilliant earthclinic.com says about bloating. Been funny in the belly for the last few weeks. Bit of a mystery because my diet is usually exemplary since the whole allergy breakthrough c. Five years ago. Stopped the MMS for the same length of time I've been bloating now I think of it, but I tried the (organic) garlic about four/five mins ago and can already feel a lessening of the awful pressure. I've been craving apples, dandelion root tea and fresh fruit- pineapple, kiwifruit, passionfruit- so I guess enzymes have their place in here too. Come to think of it I've been rather free with the salt on the meat lately... Hitting the hay now, nighty-night and best health to you.


Bloating, Stomach Cramps and Constipation  

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Posted by Rick (Victoria, Australia) on 11/24/2006
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Cut garlic clove into small pieces. Swallow them in one go with just a little water. This cures Bloating, stomach cramps and constipation.

Replied by Lin
Qld, Australia
08/18/2009
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Reading the benefits of garlic and with winter ailments around I bought a bag of garlic and added crushed 1/2 a garlic in our family meals, (in our meat or potato etc)
After 4 days of garlic in our meals my stomach continued to worsen with bloating, gurgling and upset stomach until a dose of diarreah. I felt very ill and am not game to touch it again. Within two days I was back to normal but wonder if I'm allergic to it. None of my family reacted at all. Perhaps this is a cleansing thing but I have my doubts as previously after taking high potency garlic capsules for a week or two my hands break out in red itchy blisters, especially between the fingers and eventually clears up after I stop using them. Should I keep clear of Garlic?? I tried the hydrogen peroxide therapy and it had no side effects.

Replied by Katrinakay
Minneapolis, Usa
10/26/2009

Pertaining to your problem with bloating, gas, upset stomach - I struggled with stomach ailments for 10 plus years as well as sinus congestion and now within the last 5 years asthma - I have been aggressively researching over the last 5-6 years about natural remedies for these ailments and have been learning alot about how to stay healthy. FIRST AND FOREMOST - check your diet - you mentioned eating meat and potato meals - 2 types of foods that may be highly suspect in causing gas and bloating - It may not be the garlic at all but rather your diet that may be the cause of your stomach ailments. I used to eat a diet heavy in meat and starchy foods like potatoes and lots of carbs - I ended up in the hospital with serious stomachs pains in 1999 that was diagnosed as Gastritis - I started seriously looking at my diet and over the next 5 years or so made some big changes in what I eat on a regular basis. My diet now includes things like whole raw vegetables, fruits, and good sources of proteins, like legumes and nuts, seafood too (especially Salmon) for omega 3 oil. I cut out as much sugars, processed foods and toxins from my diet as possible and limit my intake of meats and starchy foods. Now, I rarely ever have any stomach problems any more. I also noticed other health benefits after changing my diet - lost 15 pounds, haven't had any cavities for last 7-8 years (used to have 1 or 2 each 6 month apt.), plantar wart went away (I had tried everything else and couldn't get rid of it), eyesight improved (confirmed by eye doctor apt.). I am still struggling with some congestion and asthma however and continue researching natural remedies for this. I suspect environmental causes and am researching these (things like potential allergies, cat dander, smoky air, mold in home, and pollution from living in city). I read about ACV on this site about a week ago and had some success with it, also some success with garlic - I probably need to keep at it and try for longer period of time. So I say don't give up on the garlic as well as helping for stomach ailments - My dad had a quadruple bypass and was in serious trouble with his heart - my mom researched on the incredible benefits of using garlic to help your heart and he has made a complete recovery after his surgery about 2 years ago and looks better than ever (he is 78 years old!)

Replied by Maria
Silver Spring, Md, Usa
12/15/2010
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Garlic side effects
The same thing that happened to Lin from QLD, Australia happened to me. I got horrific blisters on my toes from eating 3 raw cloves of garlic. It took a long time to cure. But, the most important thing is that I realized that the blisters were a manifestation of my candida, as the garlic is a fungicide that attacks the yeast inside the body. The problem is not the garlic, but starting with garlic at such a high dose that the body cannot handle the toxins that emanate when the garlic kills the yeast. Start slow and increase gradually.

Replied by Kathy
Benton, Arkansas
11/27/2011

High potency garlic pills are not as good for you as fresh garlic cloves. I took a garlic pill for awhile and had the most horrible heartburn I could possibly have. Today I cut up fresh garlic the size of pills and eat a teaspoon twice a day with 2 tbsp of apple cidar vinegar in 8 oz of water. I have been able to stop using Nexium. Use fresh garlic if you can. Acid reducers such as Prilosec, Nexium etc. Are very dangerous to continue for any length of time. If you have a germ in your stomach you need the acid to get rid of the germ.

Also, ignore the post that says you must cut or chop and eat the garlic in 30 seconds. Many such post come from people who work for big pharmaceutical companies. They have invaded many good sights. There is one called "quackbusters" and they say bad things about just about all natural healing foods and supplements. The man works for a pharmaceutical company. You have 10 minutes to cut and eat to get the benefit.

Replied by Khakimo
Atlanta, Usa
01/27/2012

Actually - all the research I've done says that you wait the 10 minutes after cutting/crushing to allow the allicin to build to maximum potency. Then it should be consumed within an hour of cutting/crushing or it will start to lose its potency.

Replied by Jeff
Statesboro, Georgia
02/01/2012

OK folks here's what I take- it's got all the Allicin you need. It's called ALLI-C, google it.


Blood Cleansing  

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Posted by Karen (Randolph, Nj) on 03/28/2010

Response Sami:

I am a former certified food safety manager - we were always warned about garlic kept in this way, especially at room temperature. This is a dangerous practice - garlic kept in this way be liable to botulism and clostridium. Old fashioned restaurant and pizzerias sometimes keep a pot near the stove or steam table this way - food stores sell it this way now, too, but don't be complacent. It's easily contaminated.

Replied by Brian
Wichita, Ks
01/15/2017

How are you supposed to store it safely? Elaborate please, it may save someone's life


Posted by Bonnie (Ulysses, Kansas) on 05/16/2009
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Just wanted to advise everyone that garlic should be sliced quickly and into your system within 30 seconds if possible. When garlic is sliced, it releases the healing properties and if not taken soon, it gradually loses its healing power. I have found it to relieve a toothache!

I first learned about garlic when I found that I had blood-poisoning one evening as I was getting ready for bed. I had to be at work early the next morning (on a Saturday) and going to the emergency room was out of the question as I worked as a rural mail carrier. I had recently bought a book on alternative healing, so looked for a solution to blood poisoning. It advised to take one clove of garlic and stated that one clove of garlic will cleanse the body's blood supply in a matter of hours! This herb is truly a gift from God!

Replied by T
Maryland, USA
05/17/2009

Actually, letting garlic sit for 10 minutes after slicing or mincing will maximize the beneficial compounds. You can find numerous references to this via Google (try "let garlic sit" as the search string).

Replied by Sami
Willis, Mi , Usa
09/19/2009

Put your sliced garlic in olive oil, it will keep it fresh for a long time, I've been doing that for a long time, try it and see the garlic how it stay strong.



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Garlic has been found to help remove toxins, revitalize the blood, stimulate circulation and promote intestinal flora.


Blood Pressure and Cholesterol  

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Posted by Cynthia (San Francisco, CA) on 02/03/2007
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THIS INFORMATION WAS VERY HELPFUL FOR ME AND THE REMEDY GARLIC REMEDY WORKED FOR ME VERY WELL AND LOWERED MY BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL. THANKS AGAIN HAVE A GOOD DAY....

EC: Taking garlic juice with fresh water regularly reduces high blood pressure (hypertension).

Replied by Gus
Missoula, Montana
09/28/2011

EC, please tell me how to make garlic juice? thanks

Replied by Crystal
Melissa, Tx
07/28/2012

How long does it take for garlic to start lowering your blood pressure? Does anyone know of an instant bp reducer(natural, of course).

Veena
Denver, Colorado
03/31/2016
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When my blood pressure is high I immediately chew and swallow 1 - 2 garlic cloves. It took at least 2 hours for the BP to return to normal level but you can feel it decreasing after an hour of taking it. When my BP is very high, I take the garlic followed by 1 tsp ACV mixed with 16 oz of water. This works for me every time! But I'm still open for suggestion as I believe that the more options to remedy high blood pressure, the better!


Boils  

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Posted by Leslie (Pascagoula, MS) on 04/02/2008
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It seems that ever since hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast we have been battling more and more cases of boils. I have found that GARLIC helps get rid of boils. At any stage in the cycle of the boils if you get the 1000 mg GARLIC capsules and squeeze the gel onto the boil it will get it to come to a head and drain or the boil will disappear completely.It generally takes a few days but it does work to eleviate the swelling and pain and its effective in healing the boils. Its safe for children.At the first signs of even a bump take one gel capsule and sqeeze the gel onto the bump then rub it in aftewards throw away the used capsule and wash your hands. Repeat this at least three times daily until the boil is gone.


Posted by Margaret (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) on 11/27/2007
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I have had recurring boils since 1996 under the breast area and over all of the abdominal region and ocassionally on the inner thigh region. Application of active magnesium was helpful but painful. Garlic hi-dose of 20,000mg did reduce and clear but 2 are still stubbornly remaining as scars and do reappear if I stop garlic for a few months. But the recurrence is controlled with ingestion of garlic again. But my abdominal area is covered by the ugly spots and scars.

Replied by Naz
London, Uk
09/07/2009

I have find drinking at least 5 pints of Water a day clears up my bottom but still trying to find a cure for the scars!

Replied by Adam
Tucson, Az
11/26/2009

I am currently giving Garlic a go to help with boils and some other things. Some good ways to help scars heal is DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide or wood pulp oil) pure real Vitamin E liquid on the scar area after applying DMSO. Another method if you can obtain the equipment is IPL (intense pulsed light). It is infra-red light. I have seen this transform people from completely disfigured with terrible skin problems back to looking young and re-newed. In fact, my wife did this for a living for some time. Good luck!

Replied by Mitzy
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
08/09/2011

Just using the juice from a garlic clove, (use a serrated knife and rub it back and forth over the garlic clove to get the juice out) 2-3 times a day will dry out boils and pimples. Just watch - not too many times - it can burn your skin! This is an old recipe that the people from Macedonia used to use effectively.


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Posted by Lex (San Francisco, Ca) on 08/15/2009
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I discovered that garlic cures acute bronchitis by accident...

I've been diagnosed with acute bronchitis and been sick for a month and two weeks and nothing seems to be working. It appeared as if I kept on getting relapses...

Growing up, I've always been told by mom that garlic is good for the health and what not. I've also been hearing it from others, tv, etc. But I've always thought it was just for minor things like a sniffle or so...

One day I decided to go "gung-ho" and chop fresh garlic into my salad. Maybe it was my primitival instict kicking in, but I thought that maybe strong dose of fresh garlic may do something. On the same day, I decided to include fresh garlic into everything - including my dinner pizza. The next day I started to feel better. I still wasn't sure if that was just a calming state before another relapse so I didn't jump into conclusion. Second day passed, Third day passed, and now I'm on my fifth day of feeling back to normal.

I then "googled" garlic and cures to read about garlic and its healing properties. That's when I found this site and discussion!

Thank you.


Posted by Sarah (Ocala, Florida) on 04/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have COPD and chronic Bronchitis. I have recently been searching for a way to eliminate constant congestion and and continuous nasty cough. I found this site and now visit the health food store almost weekly. I love it and tell everyone I see. Anyway, back to the congestion, I took 2 cloves of garlic and smashed it and downed it chased by water late in the evening. Amazingly I feel 90% better after 1 night. I will do this again today and see if it continues to get better. I slept very good and did not wake up coughing all night. I also noticed in the morning that I am coughing up all kinds of junk. That is definitely an improvement. I will continue this for a few days and post another comment as I progress. I am very interested in the MSN method also. Could someone please post more specific instructions. Where do you buy MSN? Is it liquid, capsule, powder, etc? How much do you use and do you mix with water? Thanks.

EC: Hi, Sarah. Do you mean MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) or MMS (Miracle Medical Supplement)?

Replied by Sarah
Ocala, Florida
04/23/2009

Oops, yes, I did mean MSM. Thank you very much for catching that. :)

Replied by Dorothy
Oz, KS, US
04/24/2009

go to A___ an online book store and check out page 41 in the Miracles of MSM book. That should help. Check online for discount vitamins or your local health food store for msm.

EC: Amazon.com... No problem mentioning that url!

Replied by Merchant Ship
San Antonio, Texas
05/02/2009

Several years ago I was suffering from sarcoidosis, which is an auto immune disease that attacks soft tissue organs, usually lungs or skin. After a year of suffering from a dry cough that left me with bloodshot eyes and sore ribs on a consistant basis, I was finally diagnosed at Mayo. A year and half on prednisone rendered it inactive, but I was given a couple of inhalers that I was suppose to be on indefinitely. A friend had just heard about MSM and gave me a cassette tape explaining the research and treatment that had been done with racehorses. I tried it in pill form, but only noticed a slight change. It was when I found the powdered pharmaceutical grade that changed my lung health forever. It came in a 4 oz. bottle for $24.00, yikes! I took 1/2 a tsp. mixed in OJ morning and night. It needs vitamin C to absorb into the cells so make sure to take it with carrot or citris juice. It is very bitter and if you don't stir it well you will get a MSM sludge at the end. Within 2 weeks my lung capacity improved and I quit the inhalers. I continued consistant use for about a year. I have used food grade and animal grade (for horses from the feed store) and as long as it is 100% pure MSM it works for me. Now I just throw it in smoothies or take it when I start to wease. It's great for arthritis, bursitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia too. Hope this helps:)



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