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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Allium sativum)
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HARVEST: Just as soon as leaves start to turn yellow.


Metabolic regulator, expectorant, vasodilatory, antitoxic, gentle antibiotic and antiseptic. Shows antitumor activity.
May help to prevent heart disease and cancer, thought to help control leprosy.
Has been used for chronic bronchitis, flu, pneumonia convalescence, infections, ulcerous sores, and worms.
Has been used as a preventative against infectious diseases, gangrene and sepsis.
Has been used for bronchial and lung infections, severe gut infections, dystentary, typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, leprosy, colds, thrush, mouth infections, dental infections, tonsillitis, throat infections, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, susceptibility to strokes, jaundice, flatulence, improved assimilation of vitamin B-1 (thiamine), malignant conditions, coronary and anginal conditions, phlebitis, varicose ulcers, stagnant or infective conditions, blood sugar levels.
GARLIC HONEY = Slice 6 cloves of garlic and add to 4 oz of honey. Let stand for 7 to 10 days. Use in medicinal teas for colds, flu, sore throats, cough or sinusitis. The cloves themselves may be eaten on toast or crackers, etc.
GARLIC OIL = Slice 6 to 8 cloves of fresh garlic and cover in a jar with 4 oz of olive oil. Steep for 7 days; strain and bottle. Combined with mullein oil for earache. Also used for colds and flu.
GARLIC SYRUP = 10 to 12 cloves of garlic (sliced) and 1 cup of raw sugar. Layer the sugar and the garlic in a glass jar. Let sit in a cool place for 1 to 2 days. Strain out the garlic and bottle in an amber jar. Use ½ to 1 tsp 3 times a day. Can be added to warm tea.

Common kitchen vegetable and seasoning.

A source of fluorine (anti-infective mineral).
Avoid large amounts if there is a hot constitution (ie: fast pulse, tendency to red facedness, favoring cold drinks to hot, wanting lighter than normal clothing or bed covers).
Avoid with rheumatoid arthritis.
Avoid with a pattern of burnout (ie: restlessness, insomnia with accompanying exhaustion, thirst, and dehydration, face often flushed, person slightly feverish); such a person needs cooling, moist nourishing foods, rest, meditation, light recreation.
Garlic is said to preserve health and promote strength.
Garlic and onions have historically been used to ward off plague germs.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH