Most of us love the tangy and distinct taste of garlic and the magic it can do to change the flavour and fragrance of your not-so-interesting food preparation. Did you ever gave it a thought what all a wonderful clove of garlic can do outside your kitchen.
Well, for centuries garlic has been used as a treatment for sore throat, acne, cold sores and so much more. In this article we have rounded up 15 uses of garlic that might actually surprise you:
Splinters can be really painful and at times removing them can get really tricky. So, next time you get a stubborn splinter, just place a thin slice of garlic over it and cover it with a bandage. Within hours the splinter will work its way out.
If you have an oily skin and often worry about break-outs, then you must try this really effective remedy. Try rubbing a slice of raw garlic on the affected area, its antibacterial properties will help the acne heal and clear off the infection.
You have spent hours maintaining your garden, but those creepy crawling creatures come as the biggest threat to it. So, an all-natural pesticide prepared by soaking chopped garlic cloves in about 2 tbsp of mineral oil for a day. Strain out the garlic pieces and add a tbsp of dish soap and using a spray bottle, simply spray it on your green friends to keep them safe from bugs and pests.
Do you often suffer from those painful cold sores? These unsightly lesions on the day of your big date can give anyone cold feet. Raw garlic can be your biggest saviour working just like the commercial medical treatment you may find at a pharmacy. Just place a slice of garlic on the lesion for about 10 minutes (3-4 times a day).
Garlic juice is a natural adhesive and can be used to repair those ugly minor cracks in your window pane. So, if you have hairline cracks in glass just crush a clove of garlic and rub its viscous and sticky juice into the crack. Wipe it clean and voila, no visible cracks!!
Fungal infections of the feet can be really annoying and if you want to treat the itching add a few cloves of crushed garlic to warm water and soak your feet for about half an hour. Pat dry and feel the difference. Garlic is also very effective in treating vaginal infections.
For centuries garlic has been extensively used to treat ear infections. Its ability to kill infection causing bacteria makes it the best home remedy for ear infections. Just crush a garlic clove and place it in a teaspoon of hot virgin olive oil for about 5-10 minutes. Strain and allow it to cool. Using a dropper, drip a few drops of this oil into your ears to say goodbye to the pain.
8. Mosquito repellent
In case you love the smell of raw garlic and don’t mind smelling like a garlic dressing, then you can keep mosquitoes at bay even in the thickest of jungles. Mince a few cloves of garlic and infuse it in an ounce of mineral oil for an entire day. Strain it and add two cups of water along with a teaspoon of lemon juice to this mixture. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle and use it when required.
Some people find the strong smell of garlic pretty repulsive, but fishes just love it. So, next time when you take your kids out for fishing, do not forget to carry powdered or crushed garlic and place it generously on the hook to attract fishes.
At times sore throat and cough can be difficult to treat, but using garlic can clear up the excess mucus and ease the inflammation in your throat. Simply soak raw and minced garlic in hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain the garlic and drink this liquid while still hot. To make it more palatable, you can add some ginger and honey to it.
If you are suffering from a major hair loss problem, then garlic oil can help you maintain that lush mane. It is believed that massaging the scalp with garlic oil can drastically stimulate hair growth. So, if your brother is suffering from hair loss, ask him to regularly massage his scalp with garlic oil.
Most of us do not like the smell of garlic in someone’s breath, but you would be surprised to know that it is considered as one of the best aphrodisiac. Garlic is known to aid circulation thus pumping adequate quantity of blood to your extremities.
If you wish to maintain good health of your heart, do love those magic cloves of garlic. It can lower total as well as bad cholesterol (LDL) but does not affect HDL (good cholesterol). So, lower your risk of heart diseases by consuming garlic on a regular basis.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most prominent factors that cause cardiovascular issues such as strokes and heart attacks. Garlic is known to significantly lower blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension.
If you have toothache and can’t visit a dentist immediately, then rub a clove of garlic on your gums and tooth. This can effectively ease the pain till you reach a dentist.
There are a number of things that a clove of garlic can do. So, although it may smell bad, but it does wonders and must be appreciated for it!