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Typical Places Found: Cultivated worldwide
How to Collect This Herb:
The bulb with its numerous cloves should be unearthed when the leaves begin to wither in September. They should be stored in a cool dry place.
Part Used: Bulb
Anti-microbial, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic.
Garlic is among the few herbs that have a universal usage and recognition. Its daily usage aids and supports the body in ways that no other herb does. It is one of the most effective anti-microbial plants available, acting on bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites. The volatile oil is an effective agent and as it is largely excreted via the lungs, it is used in infections of this system such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds and influenza. It may be helpful in the treatment of whooping cough and as part of a broader approach to bronchitic asthma.
In general it may be used as a preventative for most infectious conditions, digestive as well as respiratory. For the digestive tract it has been found that Garlic will support the development of the natural bacterial flora while killing pathogenic organisms. In addition to these amazing properties, Garlic has an international reputation for lowering both blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and generally improving the health of the cardio-vascular system. The essential oil of Garlic possesses a distinct hypolipidemic, or fat reducing, action in both healthy people and patients with coronary heart disease. Garlic should be thought of as a basic food that will augment the body’s health and protect it in general. It has been used externally for the treatment of ringworm and threadworm.
Combinations: For microbial infections it will combine well with Echinacea.
Preparations & Dosage: A clove should be eaten three times a day. If the smell becomes a problem, use Garlic oil capsules; take three a day as a prophylactic or three times a day when an infection occurs.