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Allium sativum
Garlic
Family:
Liliaceae


Origin:
Middle East or central Asia

Type:
perennial

Flowering/Fruiting:
tba as we observe this location through the seasons.

Part used:
fresh bulbs or cloves, garlic powder, garlic oil

Actions:
hypocholesterolaemic & hypolipidaemic, reduces blood platelet clumping, antibacterial, antiviral, antipathogenic, vasodilator, expectorant, antihistaminic.

Uses:
all manner of infections, either as local application (mouthwash, douche, drops) or internally (particularly effective for infections of the lungs and gut); supportive dietary treatment of high blood lipid levels and cardiovascular problems (eg. atherosclerosis);

For Colds: 1 chopped clove of raw garlic per day, up to 4-6 for intensive periods; Topically: garlic oil can be applied externally for ear infections, insect bites or swabbed on for athletes foot.

Catchtail Comments:
Garlic must be one of the most potent herbs with a wide array of uses. Fresh is best, and crushing it first activates the antibacterial components.

Links:
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/g/garlic06.html
http://christopherhobbs.com

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