Garlic is one of the most common ingredients in many cuisines around the world. Known for its distinctive odour, ‘the stinking rose’ is widely used for the delicious aroma and flavour it imparts, but aside from that, garlic also has many medicinal properties.
Consuming garlic can benefit your health greatly but did you know that it has other uses apart from just flavouring your dishes? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Grow Luscious Hair with Garlic
Garlic could aid your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, nourishing the hair while encouraging hair to grow and strengthen. Blend cloves of garlic together with honey, apply this mixture to your scalp and hair, and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it out.
Prevents and Treats Cold
This tiny white pod can keep the cold weather colds and flus at bay! Garlic contains antioxidants that boost a better immune system, and its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritation.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties to treat acne scars and prevent the initial development of acne. It also aids in the reduction of swelling, pain and irritation. Its antioxidant properties help fight against free radicals that cause damage to the skin cells.
Treat Athlete’s Foot
Give those itchy feet a soak in garlic water to cut the fungus that causes athlete’s foot (known as ringworm on the foot) or rub raw garlic straight on the foot. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic has anti-fungal properties.
Keep Mosquitoes Away
Garlic does more than keeping vampires away, mosquitoes despise it as well! If you have a high allicin (garlic’s active anti-microbial ingredient) blood count, mosquitoes will refuse to engage with your blood. Make a solution of garlic oil, petroleum jelly and beeswax for a natural repellent.
Have a Pest-Free Garden
Get rid of pests from your beautiful garden with a natural organic repellent. The pungent smell simply makes the plants an undesirable place for insects to eat or lay eggs. To make the natural repellent, have garlic puree and water in a spray bottle. Add hot pepper sauce to make your garlic spray even more effective.
These are just a few of the many amazing benefits that garlic has to offer. If you know of other benefits, or use garlic as a natural remedy, do share it with us!