GARLIC, Allium sativum Liliaceae
There was a young couple whose first child had a cold. As the cold got worse, the baby cried a lot. As the night wore on, they took turns holding him. The husband said, “Why does he keep pulling on his ear?” The wife said , “I'll bet he has an earache.” The baby was really crying hard now and the husband said, “Let's get him to the hospital.” The wife said, “You don't take a child to the hospital for an earache.” Then she said, “ My mother would put garlic oil in my little sister's ear when she got an earache.” The young father said, “I still think we should take him to the hospital.” The young mother had some garlic capsules. She punctured the end of a garlic capsule and squeezed a few drops into a baby's ear, then some cotton. It wasn't long until the baby's loud crying was down to a whimper and then he fell asleep. The husband said, “I saw it, but I don't believe it. That garlic is really great.”
Recent studies have shown that dripping garlic oil directly into the ear canal treats fungal infections as well, or better, than pharmaceutical drugs, and without the side effects. Taking garlic internally will help cure a middle ear infection. Guess the grandma was right.
Garlic is probably the most recognized medicinal herb all over the world and is used for many conditions. In the last twenty-five years over one thousand research papers have been published about garlic.
The name garlic comes from a gar (a spear) and lac (a plant) in reference to the shape of its leaves. It is one of the oldest medicinal remedies known to man. In ancient Greek times, the great warriors and statesmen left bouquets of garlic on stone altars to honor their different gods.
The garlic plant belongs to the lily or liliaceae family. Most members of this family are rich in sulfur, are very antibiotic and are excellent infection fighters. Likewise, the dock family is rich in iron that carries oxygen and builds blood, and the leguminous family is rich in calcium that feeds and build the body.
Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” gave garlic first place in his herb catalogue. It is second to none as an antibiotic. Many people call it nature's penicillin. Garlic is known to cure colds and flu, to fight intestinal infection, to help a sore throat, to fight sinus infection, tooth infection or infection in any part of the body. Garlic is the remain herb in Grandma's herbal Anti formula. Garlic will help blood circulation and heart action. It will lower blood pressure and counteract arteriosclerosis. It is an aid to digestion, and it will help to regulate liver and gall bladder functions. Garlic will get rid of most parasites. Some say garlic is smelly, but some say it's just plain wonderful.
In some ancient cultures, the villagers would wear some bulbs of garlic around their necks to ward off sickness. In some remote areas, this practice is carried on even today. This, however, is more than just a superstition. Science has proven that even the scent or the odor of garlic can kill off some germs.
For colds or flue, chop up an onion and some garlic, roll it up in a handkerchief and tie it around your neck. Put some plastic on the outside to keep the moisture and smell in. Then put on a sweatshirt. It will really help to clear your head.
Almost everyone has heard of the famous four thieves who pillaged and plundered the dead bodies of the plague ridden town of Marseilles in 1722 with complete immunity. This was because they used liberal amounts of aromatic garlic vinegar before and during that plague. They didn't even get a cough or a sniffle.
Admittedly, garlic might smell pretty bad, but for centuries, it has proven that it is one of man's best friends.