Garlic

Let your food be your medicine.

Garlic is a bulbous perennial that grows between 1 to 3 feet tall, with pale pink or green-white flowers when in bloom. It grows wild, but can also be cultivated in the garden. It is very pungent in taste and smell, but is a must have around the home. It is completely safe and is powerful in treatment of a plethora of health problems. It combats many infections, including of the nose, throat, and chest. It reduces cholesterol, helps circulation disorders, like high blood pressure and lowers the blood sugar levels in the body. It is a great addition to an every day diet for diabetes.

Garlic is very common, and easily found in grocery stores. You can even plant the cloves you get in the produce section. These will generally be soft-neck varieties that are easily stored for longer periods of time. More people than you think actually have it growing wild in their yards as well however. Those who do not know what they are messing with, while trying to remove as a pesky weed, will be hard pressed to completely get rid of it from their yard. If they only knew what they were trying to rid themselves of, they might actually want to keep it around.

Onion is a close relative, Allium cepa, which is also very popular in cooking, but also similarly medicinal and delightfully good for you.

Onion and garlic growing with my strawberries. This was originally a garlic bed, then I added more dirt and planted onions and strawberries after I thought my garlic died. I was pleasantly surprised to find the garlic sprouting a few weeks ago. The garlic is the smaller sprouts pushing up through the mulch. Together, I should have a relatively bug-free strawberry bed, as Alliums are great companion plants.

-antibiotic
-expectorant
-increases sweating
-lowers blood pressure
-reduces blood clotting
-antidiabetic
-expels worms

Historically esteemed for its healing powers and used well before the development of antibiotics for infections from tuberculosis all the way to typhoid. It was also used to dress wounds in WWI.

It is wonderful for colds, flus, ear infections, and chest infections, as it helps reduce mucus. It also rids the body of parasites in the intestines. Take at the first sign of a cold or flu, or even when everyone around you is getting sick. Studies have shown garlic to kill germs in test tubes, and is very beneficial to the lungs.

A traditional remedy for skin fungus is to rub raw garlic or onion on affected spots.

Home Remedies from a Country Doctor, pg. 398

Garlic prevents circulatory problems and strokes by keeping the blood thin. It does this by lowering blood fat levels, and helps lowers cholesterol, and blood pressure while regulating blood sugar.

Garlic cloves contain volatile oil, which is antiseptic and antibiotic. They have been used as a medicine and as a tonic food for thousands of years.

Garlic is low in calories and very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Selenium and Manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

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