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Healing Powers of Garlic

Written by Jessika Firmage

Garlic is most well known for it’s antibiotic properties, and this is also probably the most well studied benefit of garlic.  It has been shown to kill bacteria under a microscope in a labratory setting.  Many modern studies have shown that not only is garlic an effective antibiotic, but that it is also effective against many bacteria, viruses and fungi.  One major advantage of garlic as an antibiotic is that bacteria do not seem to become resistant to it as they do to many modern antibiotics.


Allicin, the antibiotic property of garlic is destroyed when cooked.  It is also unavailable in raw garlic until the garlic clove has been crushed or chopped.  So swallowing a whole clove would not allot you any antibiotic benefit, the clove must be crushed.  Cooked garlic has little medicinal value.


  • can aid in blood pressure management, for those suffering from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension

  • proven antioxidant

  • could reduce LDL cholesterol from forming plaque withing the arteries

  • natural mosquito repellent

  • can help dry up nasal congestion

  • natural antibiotic

  • use in curing warts by placing a slice of raw garlic directly on a wart, and securing with a band-aid

  • fresh squeezed garlic juice dropped into your ear can relieve, if not sure and ear infection  **If you suspect a ruptured ear drum DO NOT put ANYTHING into the ear canal

The benefits, and possible benefits of garlic are endless.  According to Gardens Ablaze:

“This list includes wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu, athlete’s foot, some viruses, strep, worms, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, blood thinning, cancer of the stomach, colic, colds, kidney problems, bladder problems, and ear aches, to name a few.”

Some people have an allergy to garlic and should avoid it altogether.  Allicin is a very powerful component of garlic and can cause burns to the skin.  Use with caution.  Do not use garlic as a substitute for medical care, and use common sense.  Please do not consider any information herein a replacement for consulting your health care provider.  But now you and I know a little more about the wonderful, tasty, and often recommended medicinal uses and reasons for consuming garlic.

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Jessika Firmage