Unusual Uses for Garlic – Medicinal Uses

Garlic is also a powerful healing food and a medicinal herb. It is part of the Allium family, in which onions and leeks are a part of as well. It has many healing properties, but it is primarily known for its potential to help reduce heart disorders. It can lower LDL cholesterol levels and can block the liver from making too much LDL cholesterol. It is also high in selenium, magnesium, copper, calcium and vitamin B6. Recent studies have identified sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for promoting garlic to a star status food.

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Acne

Slice open a clove of garlic and apply it to breakouts as a home remedy for acne. Your skin won’t smell good, but the antibacterial properties of garlic will treat your acne.

Mosquito repellent

Garlic can do wonders in warding off mosquitoes without the use of toxic chemicals. Just let a few minced cloves of garlic infuse an ounce of mineral oil for 24 hours and mix the garlic-scented oil with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain again if necessary and pour the content into a spray bottle.

Glass repair

Garlic juice is a natural adhesive. It can be used to fill in small cracks in glass and it will hold them together. All you have to do is crush a clove of garlic and rub its sticky juice into the cracks .

Athlete’s foot

Garlic is a natural antifungal, which makes  it ideal for curing fungal infections, like the athlete’s foot. Add some cloves of crushed garlic to warm water and soak your feet into this mixture for half an hour.

Splinter removal

Splinters really hurt, but lucky garlic can help with this issue. Instead of waiting for it to come out on its own, try this simple trick: place a slice over the splinter and hold on with a clean bandage. The garlic helps the splinter work its way out of the skin within a few hours.

Skin cleanser

Garlic is great to use as a facial cleanser, if you want to dry  out acne or tighten and exfoliate the skin. It will burn a bit, so take care if you have any wounds. Make a paste from the garlic, add olive oil, facial cleanser and some sugar, massage this into the  skin using circular motions and the rinse with warm water.

Yeast infections

If you’re suffering from a yeast infection, raw and peeled garlic cloves (not cut), tied in a strip of cheesecloth and inserted with a tampon applicator will help. It’s because of the garlic’s antifungal properties that will work on the yeast and get rid of the bacteria.

Prevents cold

Researchers believe that allicin, the main active component of garlic, blocks enzymes that may lead to bacterial and viral infections. Ingest three to four cloves of garlic per day, or add them to soups and other dishes that you like.

Hair loss

Women and men confront themselves with hair loss issues. This remedy is worth a try if you wish to prevent this problem. Massage the scalp with garlic oil to stimulate further hair growth.

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