Almost a year ago, I came down with probably the worst food poisoning of my life. It happens I know. But on this occasion we were in Barcelona and due to travel home that evening. I felt absolutely horrific, I actually didn’t think that I could leave my bed, let alone travel across the city to the bus station, take a bus to the airport and then fly home. Being a Mum, I did naturally, because, well that’s what we do, we get on with it.
The reason I was able to even face the challenge was garlic. I’d eaten 3 raw cloves on my frantic “home remedies for food poisoning” internet research whilst James had taken the children for a walk. It didn’t magically cure me, but the anti-everything qualities of this super plant did alleviate the pain a little, help stop the vomiting and make the journey slightly more bearable.
Garlic is known to have great anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. The compound Allicin that is present in garlic, also has a healing effect on the circulatory, digestive and immunological systems.
1. A popular cold sore home remedy involves holding a bit of crushed garlic directly on the cold sore; its natural anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the pain and swelling
2. Treating vaginal yeast infections. Read the link. I’ve done it. It 100% works!
3. Garlic can protect you against frequent colds and bouts of sore throat if you take it daily. Non-smelling capsule form might be a better option than raw! Its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritations
4. Athletes foot. Eating garlic can prevent fungal infections and also quicken healing times. You can also apply it directly to the skin by mixing chopped garlic with a few drops of olive oil
5. Maintain Good Health. With properties that are thought to help your heart and liver, boost your metabolism of iron, prevent cancer, and fight against bacteria and viruses, garlic is a vital component of a healthy diet. Those in the know suggest eating one or two cloves every day
6. Make a DIY Surface Cleaner. Chop up a 3-4 cloves of garlic and put them in a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Add a couple drops of lemon oil and you have a DIY disinfectant spray
7. Potentially a powerful antibiotic Diallyl sulfide, a compound in garlic, was 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics in fighting the Campylobacter bacterium. according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Do you know any other uses? If so, please share them! I’m always on the look out for more ways to use this supermarket staple.