Garlic is an amazing medicinal food in that it acts as an antibiotic, reduces blood pressure, it's an anticoagulant, lowers cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels and also can be an antihistamine. As a decongestant, garlic is extremely effective in treating bronchitis. If you eat raw cloves daily it can assist with digestion disorders and infections, while still maintaining beneficial flora in the intestines. Some pharmaceutical antibiotics used for stomach disorders can kill off the beneficial flora. My Aunt Linda drinks tomato juice with minced fresh garlic in it daily! I tried it and it's not for me....something about garlic in the morning just doesn't go over well with my senses...but perhaps I should start drinking it at dinnertime?!
You can buy garlic in capsule form and by taking this daily, it's been proven to prevent further heart attacks in people who have already had a heart attack...as well as fight infections in the body. Using garlic topically (directly rubbing on the skin) on acne will help clear your complexion, but I'd suggest using the garlic "pearls" which can be broken up like Vitamin E and don't have the smell associated with garlic. You could also use it mashed up on warts or corns. Digesting it in it's raw form (as my Aunt does) is best, but you will notice that your breath may be horrid the next morning or you smell bad! This is because it travels through your system so quickly. If you rubbed garlic on your feet, you'd be able to taste it 10 minutes later! To get rid of that sharp taste in your mouth the next morning, regardless of how you ingest it, you can eat some parsley which should nullify it.
Planting garlic in your garden among your other plants, rather than just in a row, acts as a natural insecticide, much as the marigolds I spoke of last week in my blog. And, there's nothing like pulling fresh garlic out of your garden just before a meal....talk about fresh!
Don't forget about how great it is for warding off Vampires! Enjoy your "bite" of garlic today!