Home Remedies with Garlic. Garlic (Allium sativum) is from the Alliaceae family like its close relatives chives, leek, and onions. The edible herb most commonly associated with the name is the bulb of garlic cloves that is found underground, below the leafy, scallion-like growth. Hardneck and softneck are the two basic varieties. One key difference is that hardneck sends up a flower stalk, called a scape, which is another edible portion of the plant. The scape is less well known in the U.S., possibly because most grown for commercial use is softneck.
History. Garlic has a long history of popularity and was used in Ancient Egypt, as evidenced by its discovery in King Tut’s tomb. It has been used for culinary and medical purposes throughout history, and also has a reputation as a repellent of irritants from mosquitoes to vampires. Gilroy, California celebrates itself as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” and, indeed, about 90% of the that grown in the U.S. is grown in California.
- Apply a paste made of crushed garlic cloves and water to the affected part, or rub a cut clove directly onto the area.
- Fresh cloves may be eaten (1–3 per day).
- Boil 3 cloves of chopped garlic in 1 cup of milk and drink before bed.
- Peel and crush 1 clove of garlic. Boil in ½ cup of malt vinegar. Cool and strain. Take 1–2 tsp each evening.
- Crush 1–2 cloves of garlic and take with warm water or milk.
- Mix 1 tbsp of crushed garlic with ¼ cup of finely chopped basil leaves. Add 1 cup of water and boil until only ½ a cup remains. Take 2 tsp twice a day.
- Dab garlic paste on the affected area and leave for 5–10 minutes.
- To increase lactation, mix 1 tsp of cumin with 1 tsp sugar and drink with warm milk each evening.
- Eat garlic cloves (1–3 per day), or use garlic regularly in food.
- Mix 1 tsp of crushed garlic and 1 tsp of turmeric with 2 tbsp of honey. Take 1 tsp daily.
- Eat 1–3 garlic cloves or take a garlic oil capsule daily.
- Rub a cut clove or the paste directly onto the affected area several times a day.
Garlic is mainly pungent but represents five tastes (all except sour). It is widely used in cooking, especially Mediterranean cuisine. Garlic is considered to be a natural aphrodisiac, and stimulates the reproductive system. Those devoted to spiritual growth usually avoid garlic for general consumption, as it is considered.