Allium sativum L. (Garlic) Vcaps 500mg 90 count

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Allium sativum

Common Name: Garlic   
Family: Liliaceae 
 Botanical description: Perennial plant, grows 1-3 foot, with pale pink or green white flowers.
Part used: BulbThe leaves can also be used in cooking.

Harvesting, cultivation and habitat: Originally from central Asia, now throughout the world. It is propagated by dividing the bulb into cloves and planting them in spring or autumn.  In this part of the world I have found autumn plantings give a better yield, and guarantee that the clove divides to form new bulbs, due to vernalisation. It is harvested in late summer, when greenery has died back.  Dry on rack, then store in dry conditions.  Can be made into decorative plaits.
History, Folklore, taste/energetics:
Tastes pungent, and can be extremely heating (described as hot in the 4th degree), so take more fluid when using this as a remedy or ingesting large amounts on food. Garlic has a reputation for increasing longevity-in Italy a traditional wedding bread contains rosemary for fidelity and garlic for long life. In the Middle East men are given a traditional wedding gift of a jar of pickled garlic for increasing their longevity and preventing ageing. It’s association with keeping vampires away speaks of its’ ability to help protect and purify on an energetic level.
Volatile oil (contains aliin, aliinase, allicin, scordinins), Selenium, Vitamins ABCE
  • Antibiotic
  • Expectorant (helps to shift mucus)
  • Sudorific (promotes sweating)
  • Hypotensive (lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-coagulant (thins the blood)
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Spasmolytic (reduces spasms)
  • Bacteriostatic (stops bacteria growing)
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Promotes leucocytosis (the activity of white blood cells involved in the immune system)
  • Amoebicidal, anthelmintic, insecticidal, larvicidal (gets rid of parasites internally)
  • Antitoxic
  • Keeps vampires away
  • Cholagogue (encourages the liver to produce bile)
  • Carminative – good for the digestion
  • Diuretic, diaphoretic
  • Depurative (blood purifier)
  • Cicatriscant (promotes healthy tissue growth)
 Traditional and current uses:
  • Bronchitis, acute and chronic
  • Respiratory catarrh
  • Colds and flus as a treatment and a preventative
  • Whooping cough
  • Asthma
  • Preventative of typhoid and cholera
  • Athlete’s foot and fungal infections, rub on areas of athlete’s foot and take internally for fungal infections
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart disease (atheroma)
  • Balances blood sugar
  • As a poultice for boils and abscesses
  • Worms and other intestinal infestations (take with ground pumpkin seeds and grated carrot)
  • As part of the treatment for candida
  • To treat thrush use garlic pearls as suppositories
  • Rub a clove of garlic on the feet and the odour will be present on the breath within 10 minutes.  Rubbing garlic on the feet is a traditional treatment for respiratory complaints, if used for young children or those with delicate skin apply vegetable oil first.
Large amounts can cause stomach irritation, and raw garlic may cause contact dermatitis in some people.
Stop taking at medicinal levels 10 days before surgery due to anti-coagulant effect which reduces blood clotting ability.
If breastfeeding be aware that garlic can cause wind in the baby when the mother eats it.

Garlic honey
Garlic honey is a traditional treatment for colds and flu- chop garlic finely, place into a sterilised jar (preferably with equal amount of thyme) and cover with honey.

Chilli and garlic relish
250g garlic
250g chillis (deseeded if you want it really mild - I leave the seeds in)
150 ml olive oil
250 ml cider vinegar
1.5-2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon ground cumin seeds
1-2 tablespoon chilli powder if you want extra heat
2 teaspoon arrowroot (optional as thickener)
Put all ingredients except arrowroot in food processor and process until finely chopped. Put into pan and bring to boil then simmer for 1-1.5 hours until reduced by a third.  Mix arrow root with a little vinegar and stir in. Boil rapidly for one minute until thickened.  Spoon into sterilized jars and seal.  Ready immediately but improves with keeping. Keeps for 1 year, but normally devoured before that.
Onions and leeks are milder alternatives medically.
Parsley and cardamom are reputed to minimise odour on breath. 

Related species Allium ursinum
Ramsons, Bear Garlic
Part used: bulb, aerial parts
Constituents: volatile oil, vinyl sulphide, aldehydes, vitamin C.
Actions: Similar to garlic but weaker. High blood pressure, prevent arteriosclerosis, ease stomach pain, digestive tonic, treat diarrhoea, colic, flatulence, indigestion. Infusion used for thread worms. Used for asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Juice used to aid weight loss. Widely used as a food e.g. wild garlic pesto
Onions and leeks have similar medicinal properties, leeks have the mildest action.

Onion syrup is another traditional cold remedy.  Slice onions into a glass bowl with sugar scattered over. Leave for at least 30 minutes and drink resulting syrup.  This can also be prepared by mixing the chopped onion with apple juice concentrate and the resulting mixture makes a delicious fresh relish as well as a cough syrup. Another alternative is to hollow out a turnip, grate the material scraped out and mix with sugar or honey; place back into the turnip, leave for several hours and drink the resulting syrup.
Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum)
This species is not a true garlic, it is more closely related to leek. It has a milder flavour than garlic.  The plants are also used in ornamental gardens as they have pretty, curly flower spikes. 
All the allium family can be interplanted in gardens to discourage pests. Garlic infusion can be used as a spray in the garden to deter and treat fungal diseases and insect infestation.