Garlic: allium sativum
The perfect prop to season your dish, ward off evil spirits, offer to the heavens, festive decoration, support cholesterol and blood pressure, fight of cold and flu symptoms, ward of yeast infections... you name it. Garlic does it all.
Read below for 8 beneficial uses of garlic.
1. Diuretic: increase rate + volume of urination.
How it works: Most commonly, diuretics are used to support the kidneys and are helpful during cases of Urinary Tract Infections through the high-volume elimination of urine.
Diuretics are often used to help with high blood pressure by reducing the amount of water in your blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure lowers.
Additionally, diuretics are often used to support the cardiovascular system. When the heart is unable to optimally circulate blood, fluids build up (often in the legs, resulting in edema). Diuretics can help filter this excess fluid out of the body.
2. Diaphoretic: increases sweat.
How it works: Surface capillaries are dilated, supported volume of sweat from respective glands.
Sweating is one of the mechanisms our bodies utilizes to maintain appropriate temperature. Diaphoretics are also used for means of detoxification, breaking [dry] fevers, ease skin disorders, and promote circulation.
3. Carminative: dispels gas
How it works: Carminatives are used to relieve gas build-up in the digestive system. They often relieve discomfort from bloating and gas-related cramping.
How Carminative support digestion
Reduce peristalsis: cramping associated with digestion + gas
Stimulation of Bile: bile is released during the process of fat digestion. Bile materials move from the liver and eventually into the intestines to properly break down materials?
4. Hypotensive: ability to stabilize blood pressure
How it Works: Garlic contains a compound (allicin) that helps in stabilizing the blood pressure. It is best to ingest garlic raw for best effects: 1-4 raw cloves daily. To avoid ‘garlic breath’ there are supplements available.
Additionally, if you are taking any type of blood thinner (anticoagulants like Coumadin®, (warfarin)/upcoming surgery, you should not take garlic without first consulting your health care provider - as it may lower your ability to clot your blood.
5. Hypocholesterolemic: stabilizes cholesterol
Garlic has been shown to decrease blood levels of total cholesterol by a few percentage points (in the short term). It is best to ingest garlic raw for best effects: 1-4 raw cloves daily. To avoid ‘garlic breath’ there are supplements available.
6. Garlic mosquito-repellant
It isn’t quite clear why/how garlic acts as an insect repellant but is used widely. It is guessed the active compound, allicin, is disliked by mosquitos.
It is suggested that the mere consumption of more garlic can help reduce mosquito contact. If you are not shy of smelling like garlic, you can make the following repellant:
4 cloves Garlic
Let 4 cloves of garlic soak in mineral oil for 24 hours.
Strain out garlic with cheesecloth
Mix garlic-oil with 1tsp of dish soap and 1 pint of water – This is your garlic concentrate
Take 2 tbsp from your concentrate and dilute into 1-pint bottle
Garlic is complete with sulfur compounds that can stimulate the bodies’ natural immunity-defense against cancer.
Studies suggest that garlic can reduce the incidence of stomach cancer by as much as a factor of 12.
8. Yeast infection antidote
You can mitigate a yoni yeast infection with garlic – yes, you read correctly. Garlic kills yeast; this is why bakers do not use garlic when cooking bread. A fresh clove of garlic can be the antidote to your yeast infection – as long as you catch it early.
Continue below for instructions:
Peel a clove of fresh garlic before going to bed. Insert in yoni for the duration of the night. It will not get stuck… do not fret. Remove in the morning. If all symptoms subside, you are set for success; otherwise, you may want to repeat the following evening. Most people prefer to do this at night, because the flavor of garlic is transmittable from the yoni to the mouth. Some people find this distracting throughout the day.
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*This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult a healthcare practitioner before administering use, especially if pregnant, nursing, on medication. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not to be used for diagnoses, treatment, or prevention of disease.