Allium ,ativum Alliaceae
The long slender leaves of garlic give it its name, which means spear plant in Anglo Saxon. Garlic is small herbaceous perennial .Its grass like leaves el1case the main stem, which bears umbrella-shaped clusters of flowers. The garlic bulb is made up of 10-15 cloves, each enclosed ill a whitish papery envelop. The cloves form the under ground food storage system.
The main active component is the sulphur compound allicin, which is released when fresh garlic is crushed. In turn this produces other sulphides, which occur after the crushed bulb has been oxidised by air. The bulb also contains phenols - antiseptic and anti-inflammatory when taken internally - and flavonoids, known to have anticancer properties.
Garlic has been used since Biblical times for treating parasitic worms, and respiratory and digestive problems. It was vitally important as an antiseptic during the First World War, and was in constant demand.
Garlic can be used to prevent or treat infection: in 1999 Japanese scientists demonstrated its antibacterial action against E. coli, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella infections.
Garlic has an antiseptic effect on the digestive and respiratory systems.It is also an immune stimulant. It makes the breath smell becauseits sulphur compounds evaporate rapidly. (Eating parsley combats this.)By reducing fatty deposits on blood vessel walls, garlic can help to prevent hardening of the arteries. It tones the circulation and reduces the formation of blood clots, helping to prevent heart attacks. Garlic may also dilate coronary blood vessels, helping to prevent angina.
Plant cloves in a rich, well-drained soil in autumn or spring, in a sunny spot. Each clove will form a bulb by mid to late summer or early autumn.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT intestinal worms
DRY EXTRACT Take 100-250mg a day.
TO TREAT digestive and respiratory infections and
TO PREVENT circulation problems TINCTURE Take 40-50 drops three times a day.
CAPSULES, TABLETS (300mg, available in odourless form) Take 1-3 a day.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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