Often considered by some as a purely food-oriented herb, garlic has a generous history in medical Herbalism. Other than having its pungent taste and smell that some love and others hate, garlic is known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and detoxifying properties.
Found as far back as pre-medieval medical texts, there are recipes found where garlic has been used historically for serious maladies such as sepsis and other severe infections. Even the first female physician Hildegard von Bingen mentions its many uses in the 9th century. Garlic was widely used in ancient Sumer, and thus is considered to be one of the most ancient herbal medicines.
Whether you love garlic, or hate it, this medicinal herb is a pungent and thorough healer.
Parts Used: Bulb (Fresh)
Common Name: Garlic, Ajo, Allium
Pungent Anti-Tumour Promotes Leucocytosis
Antiseptic Anti-Microbial Antibiotic
Anti-Bacterial Anti-Viral Anti-Fungal
Anti-Parasitic Anthelmintic Hypoglycemic
Anti-Diabetic Anti-Pyretic Diaphoretic
Anti-Histaminic Expectorant Detoxifier
Anti-Thrombotic Anti-Coagulant Vasodilator
Hypotensive Hypolipidemic Fibrinolytic
Anti-Cholesterol Anti-Antherosclerosis Cholagogue
Aphrodisiac Antispasmodic Amoebicidal
Volatile Oils (over 14 sulfur containing components including alliin, citral, geraniol, linalool, and phellandrene)
Nutrients (Vitamin B and Minerals)
Amino Acids (Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Asparagic Acid, Methionine, and Threonin)
What Are Its Uses?
Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, and Throat:
Integumentary System (Skin):
Endocrine System (Hormones):
Safety and Concerns:
Petra Sovcov is not a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Naturopath (ND), she is a Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) and Clinical Herbal Therapist (CHT). The suggestions or recommendations made on this site are not meant to be a substitute for advice from your MD, or as a substitute for any prescriptions you may be taking. Suggestions followed will be the responsibility of the reader, and are stated with the intention of interest and education only. If you have a health issue, please see your primary care physician (MD) first and foremost.