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The Healing (cleaning?) Power of Garlic: Celebrating Garlic Days July 29-31

July 29, 2011

Before there was penicillin. Before there was neosporin. Before there was listerine.

There was GARLIC

Garlic is one of the oldest antiseptic treatments, both for topical cuts where you’d today probably apply neosporin, and for internal viruses and infections that you probably seek antibiotics for.

So what makes garlic work that way?

The garlic bulb is the part used medicinally. When intact it is odourless; however, crushing the cells brings the enzyme alliinase into contact with the sulphur-containing compound alliin, converting it to allicin which produces the characteristics Garlic odour.

The list of ailments that garlic can treat is incredible and quite varied:

acne, aids, arthritis, arteriosclerosis and, bites, blood clots atherosclerosis, boils and cysts, breast-feeding, cancer, coughs, cold & influenza, corns, calluses, warts, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, diarrhea & dysentery, earache, eczema, fatigue, food poisoning, free radicals, fungus, heart attacks, heavy metal poisoning, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, hives, hypertension, immune-deficiency, infectious diseases, insect problems, lip, mouth, throat, liver disease, pain, radiation, respiratory diseases, steroid abuse, stress, toothache, warts, worms

Personally, I love to buy a container of peeled garlic at the grocery store, roast them up in some olive oil, and just eat them straight. Once they’ve been roasted, the smell mellows and the bite turns sweet.

Oh, and dating advice regarding garlic: if you BOTH eat garlic, neither of you will taste it Smile

Primary Source: The Healing Power of Garlic

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