By Syed Akbar
Garlic bread, garlic papads, garlic pickle, and garlic pills. Garlic indeed finds its way into almost every Indian recipe. It is one of the oldest known herbs to man and has been an essential ingredient in many kitchens around the world.
Garlic is often described as a wonder drug that cures or prevents a variety of ailments ranging from common flu or cold to highly infectious and deadly diseases like plague. It is mainly used to control blood cholesterol and purify the blood system in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. Garlic is also used in allopathic preparations.
For the young, garlic is a natural way of fighting pimples and acne. Make
sure that garlic is used in regular kitchen preparations for a glowing skin. If you cannot take raw garlic, garlic bread or garlic papads will be of great help. This way you can avoid bad breath caused by high sulphur content in raw garlic.
Recent research studies have proved that garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic.
In other words, it fights a wide range of harmful organism. Thanks to its anti-oxidant properties, garlic prevents formation of cancerous cells in the body.
There's also a word of caution. Garlic acts against medicines that help blood clotting. Doctors do not recommend garlic preparations before surgery or when one is injured and bleeding.
For a healthy body and blood free of harmful cholesterol, take a few garlic
cloves every day.
You can make garlic cough syrup at home for relief from common cold and
sore throat. Take a few cloves of garlic. Wash and slice them. Pour a cup of boiling water and allow it over night. Add sugar or honey and take one or two teaspoons of the syrup.
Garlic oil is good for toothache.
Garlic ointment can be applied on affected portions of the skin for relief from fungal or bacterial infections.