Garlic: that gorgeous, pungent member of the onion family we lace our Italian pasta with (despite the fact, according to my ex, Italian’s rarely use it!)
Did you know how clever the wee smelly vegetable is? Its use has been well documented by major civilizations, including the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and the Romans.
Garlic contains Allicin, a potent medicinal chemical which is responsible for the anti-bacterial activity in garlic. Research has shown that allicin is also responsible for lipid-lowering, anti-hypertension, anti-blood coagulation, it’s anti-cancerous, an antioxidant and has anti-microbial effects. Phew! Check out its other uses below, in no particular order;
Grow gorgeous locks
If you suffer from hair loss, get rubbing with garlic. Apparently all you need to do is rub and squeeze some on your pate or infuse it with other oils. I’d do it at the weekend and if you’re not planning to mix with the public because nobody appreciates its strong stench in close capacities! However research has show that because of its high levels of allicin, a it has been found to be a highly effective treatment for hair loss.
Get rid of acne
Why this one hasn’t been picked up by pharmaceutical companies, I’m not sure, however, garlic apparently is a great natural remedy for acne and blemishes thanks to its antioxidants which kill bacteria, all you need to do is rub a clove on your spots and wait for the sting (which my mother always told me meant the medication was working!)
Soothe psoriasis and dermatitis
Grlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a viable treatment for all inflamed skin conditions, especially psoriasis and dermatitis. Rub garlic oil into the affected area.
Remove a splinter with garlic!
According to medical (ahem) research (well, old wives’ tales!) if you place a sliver of garlic over splinter, cover with a plaster or bandage over it for a while and wait for the splinter to be drawn out! Check out this bloggers report: they swear by it!