From ancient civilizations to modern pharmacists, garlic is considered one of the most important herbs for feeding and healing the human body. Throughout history garlic has been considered a powerful herb to fight inflammation, stop infections, kill parasites and restore vitality.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic contains nearly 80 organic sulfur compounds which are known for their healing and infection fighting qualities. Garlic can promote healing for injuries such as burns, bites and cuts along with health benefits that can help sooth headaches and lower the risk of heart disease.
Garlic has also been used to fight acne for many years by rubbing a piece of garlic on the affected area. Other ailments that have been know to be improved by using garlic are arthritis, candida, respiratory ailments and the common cold.
Antibiotic properties of Garlic
Garlic contains an extremely powerful sulfuric compound called Allicin which is similar to penicillin and has long been used to treat bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Allicin makes garlic one of the most popular natural alternatives to pharmaceutical antibiotics. To benefit from the allicin, garlic must be eaten raw as cooked garlic provides very little medicinal value. Garlic capsules are available for people who don’t like the taste or smell of garlic or its oil.
Garlic contains vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin and folic acid. Garlic can also help fight staph and strep infections, germs which are resistant to traditional antibiotics and garlic oil can be used for ear infections and can be applied to the skin for scrapes and burns. Garlic may not act as powerfully or quickly as antibiotics but neither does it produce the side effects that antibiotics do.