Garlic The King Of All Of The
Garlic can rightly be called the king of the herbs. Although
we think of it in terms of food and seasoning, garlic has long
been prized for its numerous healing properties.
For at least 5,000 years, garlic has stood as the king of
healing herbs. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels,
reduce the risk of further heart attacks in cardiac patients,
and stimulate the immune system as a powerful antibiotic.
The strong odor that garlic is famous for is due to its
sulfur-containing compounds that are also responsible for most
of its medicinal properties. So, when it comes to garlic, its
strong smell and taste is also what gives it such healing
It has been shown that 'deodorized' varieties of garlic have
less healing properties than the conventional, smelly
The most important parts of the garlic plant are its cloves.
Garlic cloves are well known for treating infections,
especially infections of the chest area. They are also known to
be effective against digestive disorders and fungal infections,
including yeast infections.
Garlic cloves have also been successfully used to as a
viable long-term treatment for cardiovascular problems. They
have been shown to effectively reduce excessive cardiovascular
levels, atherosclerosis, and they have been shown to reduce the
risk of thrombosis.
Garlic cloves have also been shown to dilate peripheral
blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Garlic cloves have also
been shown to regulate blood sugar levels, and may prove
particularly effective in the treatment of adult-onset
Moreover, recent research shows that garlic may act as a
preventative against cancer. Garlic cloves can also be applied
topically to treat a variety of skin disorders and infections,
including acne. As with most other herbs, garlic is best used
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There are many popular applications for garlic that can be
easily prepared at home. For instance, for the treatment of
skin infections, corns, warts or acne, you can mash fresh
garlic cloves and apply topically. Eating garlic cloves
regularly is also recommended for protecting against any number
of infections, as well as for the health benefits that include
lower cholesterol levels, improved quality of the
cardiovascular system, and lower blood sugar levels. For the
treatment of severe digestive disorders, including dysentery,
worms, and gastroenteritis, the consumption of 3-6 crushed
cloves daily is recommended.
For the treatment of intestinal parasites, a
maceration is recommended. Simply seep 3-4 garlic cloves in
water or milk overnight and drink the next day. Garlic can also
be easily consumed in capsule form. Garlic powder is
Recent clinical trials have shown that to
prevent further heart attacks in individuals who have already
suffered a heart attack, 2 g of garlic powder in capsules taken
daily is recommended. An alternative to garlic powder capsules
are the commercial 'pearl' capsules. However, be aware that
these more deodorized versions are also apt to be less
Honeysuckle is often combined with other
herbs, including cowslip and mulberry to create
a healing tea that is used to treat coughs and
mild symptoms of asthma. Again, honeysuckle
flowers can be made into a syrup that can be
used to treat coughs.
Be aware that garlic can irritate sensitive
stomachs, and it is not recommended to take therapeutic doses
during pregnancy or lactation.