Health Benefits

Garlic: A Superfood for Health and the Immune System

| Modified on Apr 14, 2024
Garlic Health Benefits

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!


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.


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!


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.





History of Garlic

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Posted by Susan (USA)

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.

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 Humble
(Mesa, Arizona, USA)

My house mate told me a trick that works wonders. I mince up four garlic cloves. You can also mash them. I put the minced garlic in a glass of grapefruit juice. Wait about twenty minutes. Then drink it. The grapefruit juice takes away the strong garlic taste. I've used this when getting flu or cold and it works every time. I had a bad cold coming on and had to do it three days in a row. I did this before going to bed. Each day I woke feeling great and the night started feeling sick again. So I would repeat. So simple and so good. I only wish I had known about this years ago.

Replied by Charlotte
(Essex, Clacton, England)

Am sure garlic is wonderful and have been taking it for a while for sinus but I found that after a bit I ached, was lacking in energy, was totally worn out some days, had headaches, brain fog etc and in some ways felt worse. I then investigated and found that garlic can cause under active thyroid of which these are the symptoms So now taking it again but with an iodine supplement of natural kelp to counter act that. Also trying ACV with mother every day and tinctures of goldenseal, eyebright, mullein and licorice. Yes others might try one thing for a bit and then try something else but I have had this blessed problem for ages and am sick of it, and unable to work while like this.

Replied by Kislany

Just to comment on the garlic taste. I love raw garlic, however due to hubby's job, he can't eat garlic at all as he can be called at work any time. So I avoided as much as possible eating garlic as I know how bad it can be for someone who doesn't eat garlic to be near someone who does.

Today I had an idea to add a clove of garlic to my regular juice, which usually contains carrots, celery, ginger and parsley leaves among others. Much to my surprise, there was no garlic taste, no garlic breath or smell at all. Hubby didn't feel it (and I even kissed him 'for test' purposes). Finally now I can consume garlic every day. It's wonderful for so many things, I never want to be away from at least one clove..or two or three of garlic a day.


Posted by Susan (USA)

* 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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Replied by atul
(Washington, DC)

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)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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

Replied by Adrienne
(New Zealand)
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Perhaps anyone reacting to garlic may have sensitivities to sulphur, particularly if sensitive or allergic to sulphur based antibiotics and products.

Replied by Dennis

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.


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Posted by Haywood (Arlington, VA) on 03/16/2006

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


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 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)

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 We are guinea pigs for pharmaceutical companies who need to test their drugs on the masses. CAUTION

Replied by Kathy
(Benton, Ar)

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)

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)

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 - 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

I want to thank 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)

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

Replied by Nice
(Houston, Tx)

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


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Posted by Cateye (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/20/2011

Just did a quick squizz to see what this brilliant 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

Cut garlic clove into small pieces. Swallow them in one go with just a little water. This cures Bloating, stomach cramps and constipation.

Blood Cleansing

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Posted by Susan (USA)

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


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

Replied by Gus
(Missoula, Montana)

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

Replied by Crystal
(Melissa, Tx)

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

(Denver, Colorado)

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!


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Posted by Leslie (Pascagoula, MS) on 04/02/2008

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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

Replied by Dorothy
(Oz, KS, US)

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: No problem mentioning that url!

Replied by Merchant Ship
(San Antonio, Texas)

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:)

Posted by Hillary (Jonesboro, Georgia) on 09/27/2007

After years of suffering with horrible bouts of bronchitis, a lady, claiming to be a "witch" told me to soak my feet in hot garlic water, blanket over myself and the bucket, to inhale steam. She told me to do this for at least 6 hrs. I did not have bronchitis for 5 years. It is time to do it again (and I will), but was wondering, has anyone else heard of this "method" and what is is called?

Replied by Natalie
(Tillamook, Or)

Yes I have heard of this sort of thing. My doctor gave me a nebulizer and told me to use ______ (garlic drops) in the nebulizer and she said it works miracles. Iv used garlic for many other things its amazing. Natures antibiotic. :-)

Replied by Dejan
(Toronto, Ontairo)

This treatment is very common in Europe especially in the countries of Eastern Europe. We have all sorts of remedies with garlic, herbal tea, honey, red wine, etc. If there is a problem with breathing due to bronchitis or a horrible cold or flu, beside the garlic treatment, you can always brew a big pot of herbal tea, cover yourself with a towel and inhale the steam. You'd feel much better in no time.

Posted by Michelle (Albuquerque, NW) on 01/09/2007

Fresh Garlic cured my Bronchitis and Sinus Infection. 1 finely diced clove (not the entire bulb) 3x's daily with any complimentary food that has been cooled almost to room temp (eg. diced tomatoes, avocado, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, pizza, or even apple pie.) Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. Within an hour or so, easier to breather and think, in 4 days cleared up symptoms. Took for 7 days to eliminate any chance of becoming ill again. Drawbacks: odoriferous breath, and the odor also emanates from the pores of the skin. Use strong breath mints/cologne/essential oils to your liking.

Replied by Carmel
(Essex, Uk)

Please note that garlic can cause brain fog, loss of memory and under active thyroid in some too.

Replied by Kay
(Destin, Fl)

I add parsley (fresh or dried) to all my garlic concoctions and it helps to keep the odor down immensely. It also makes garlic tea taste lovely. If you need a change from the tea, just add some spices or seasoned salts (Natures Seasoning, Spike, bullions, etc. and/ or vegimite/marmite) and turn it into a savory bullion drink.

I also like to buy the garlic stuffed olives (in salt brine); and as the jar lowers, I drop in more fresh cloves and several stalks of parsley. This makes it very handy to eat fresh-garlic on the go, and/or when you are aren't feeling well enough to fetch/peel/prep fresh garlic, or if you bought a large jar of peeled garlic and need to used or preserve it. It's also a good use for excess parsley/stems.