Garlic is the most powerful natural antibiotic that Mother Nature has offered to us containing potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Thanks to these amazing properties this veggie can treat common colds, flu, coughs, pneumonia, ear infection and various other ailments.
Before the time of antibiotics, garlic was used as a treatment for certain bacterial infections. However, with the breakthrough of penicillin the use of garlic was neglected by the people that lead to the overuse of antibiotics. These drugs have been prescribed even for minor infections which made the body of most people resistant to the use of antibiotics.
Not to mention the side effects which are accompanied with the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Therefore, it is always better first to turn to the use of natural remedies and when there is a real necessity for antibiotics only then we should use them. Here it is what a natural ingredient like garlic can offer to your body.
Health Advantages of Garlic
Garlic belongs to the family of alliaceae and along with the vegetables like onion, chives or leeks it can be a great preventive against cancers of the stomach and intestine.
In the case of garlic it contains a powerful sulphurous compound known as allicin that gets released only when the garlic is being chopped or cut. This compound gets transformed and contributes to the rise of compounds like diallyl sulfide, diallyl disulfide and ajoene. These compounds, on the other hand act as protective agents against the proliferation of cancer cells and heart disease.
In addition to this, garlic is very high in antioxidants like flavonoids and tocopherols that have the ability to neutralize the damaging effects of the free radicals that can trigger cancer or other serious diseases.
Furthermore, garlic contains saponins that can lower cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of a cardiovascular disease. As a result of all these amazing features that garlic reveals it can successfully fight off infections like colds, pneumonia, coughs and earaches.
- Prevents colds
Thanks to the content of the powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties the consumption of garlic can prevent the flu or cold. If the body is already affected by these health conditions the use of garlic can alleviate the symptoms and speed up the recovery.
- Treats pneumonia
According to a conducted study by the Institute of Health and Nutrition Research in Ethiopia, garlic can be used as a powerful antibacterial agent that controls Streptococcus pneumonia, accountable for pneumonia.
- Soothes coughs
Due to the content of allicin the garlic can fight off bacteria and viruses and in that way helping the body to battle the infection that causes coughing. Garlic can be used as a booster of the body’s immunity and thus prevent colds and as well as coughs.
- Relieves earache
As per a released study in JAMA Network, ear drops containing garlic (Allium sativum) can relieve ear pain as a result of a middle ear infection.
Recipe of Garlic Remedy
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
Put the coconut oil and the olive oil in a bowl, and then include the crushed cloves of garlic. Mix the ingredients and leave them like that for half an hour. Transfer the solution in a sterilized glass jar.
- Put a drop in and around the ear in order to treat an ear infection.
- Massage your breasts with this mixture to treat cough or cold.
- Rub the nostrils with the lotion to relieve sinus pain.
- Massage your scalp with it to treat hair loss.
Breastfeeding women should not consume garlic because it can change the taste of their breast milk.
People who suffer from a blood disease should not consume garlic.
Make sure not to consume garlic prior surgery due to its anticoagulant effect that can induce bleeding.