While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of garlic, cultures around the World share a history of the healing properties it has to offer. Historically, garlic is recognized as a medicinal ingredient rather that a food seasoning. In the modern World we think of garlic as a seasoning and often overlook the health benefits.
While there are many significant health benefits such as cancer prevention or improving heart health, in this post we have outlined some everyday ailments you can tackle with garlic.
Treat the Common Cold
Garlic helps to reduce flu and common cold symptoms by boosting your immune system. Next time you feel a cold coming on, trying steeping it as a tea or simply adding a little extra to your favourite dish.
Improve Your Workout
Garlic amongst the earliest “performance enhancing” supplements and historically used to treat fatigue and enhance the performance of labourers.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
It is believed that the hydrogen sulfide gas is produce by blood cells when garlic is consumed. This gas can help to open blood vessels and regulate your blood pressure.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and when consumed can help to aide inflammation in the body due to injury or illness. Some opt to topically apply garlic by rubbing it on their skin.
Here is one we need to remember this summer… pack your pockets with garlic! Mosquitoes are deterred by the smell of garlic so if you prefer a natural way to combat these pesky flies then garlic is your answer. Keep some nearby or apply it to your skin.
Tanya is a whole foods chef and business owner of a whole foods catering service - Artisan Food Co. She is currently completing holistic nutrition and is an advocate for whole body living.