All about garlic
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Allium sativum - Garlic (Liliaceae)
Parts used - bulb. Fresh juice is most effective.
Constituents - contains volatile oil which is composed of allicin
and sulphur related compounds plus citral, geraniol, etc.
Allicin is the major odour principle and taste of garlic, It is
generated by action of the enzyme alliinase on alliin. Under
normal conditions alliinase and alliin are separated from each
other inside the garlic bulb. However when the bulb is cut or
crushed, the two are brought together and allinase turns alliin (
a non volatile odorless sulfur amino acid) into allicin( a
pungent volatile sulphur compound.
- also contains enzymes, mucilage, protein and lipids.
- also contains selenium-best known source, has antioxidant
Properties- alterative, stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant,
antiseptic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, vulnerary,
has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- the ingredient allicin inhibits growth of various bacteria,
- inhibits production of harmful bacteria in the colon, for
influenza, common cold and any types of viral infections.
- is natural penicillin - it has only 1% of the impact of
penicillin but it is more effective with gram negative bacteria
- lowers blood pressure and blood cholesterol- use garlic oil for
- for prevention and elimination of heavy metal poisoning from
the body on a daily basis-due to sulphur content.
- is rubefacient and use as poultice in acute pectoral and
abdominal inflammation and for drawing pustules and boils to a
head- for canker sores
- use in cookery as an aid to digestion
- commonly used in formulas to help strengthen immunity to
- onions are similar but not as strong.
Overdose- induces blisters, irritations or dermatitis in some
Try this Recipe
Garlic Syrup- 1/2 pound peeled garlic buds
equal amounts vinegar and distilled water(enough to
cover garlic buds)
1/2 pint glycerine
1 1/2 pounds honey
Peel the garlic. Add equal amounts of vinegar and distilled water
to cover the garlic. Use wide mouth jar, close tightly and shake
well. Stand it in a cool place for four days. Shake it once or
twice a day. Add glycerine. Shake the jar and let it stand
another day. Strain the liquid with pressure through a sieve.
Blend in the honey and place liquid in a labeled jar. Store in a
Optional: simmer three ounces of fennel seeds and/or caraway
seeds for half an hour and add it to the mixture while it is
steeping and before it is strained. Regular dose is 1 tsp three
times a day.