Since ages garlic has been praised for its medicinal properties. This spice is globally used in almost all cuisines. Garlic also has religious value. Garlic is worshipped or used to ward off evil spirits in many traditions. Garlic is known as “lasuna” in Ayurveda. Ayurveda acharyas laud its healing properties and explain many remedies using this wonder bulb.
According to various researches Garlic has antimicrobial property. It helps in bacterial, parasitic, fungal and viral infections. It also helps to reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation.
Here are few home remedies for this winter using garlic
Garlic Home Remedies for Hair Loss and Dandruff Control: Come winter the dry scalp condition surfaces. Dry scalp exaggerates dandruff. Eating garlic in diet helps to strengthen the scalp skin from inside. Garlic can be used in chutneys, salads or curries. Garlic can also be applied externally on scalp. Peel around 4 cloves of garlic. Crush these garlic cloves and leave for 5 minutes. Warm these cloves in ½ cup of pure coconut oil on a stove top. Discard the garlic cloves and massage the scalp with warm garlic oil.
Garlic Home Remedies For Ear Ache: Earache is very common in cold winter seasons. Itchy throat and blocked ears with earache are common symptoms of cold. Crush two pods of garlic and leave them in air for few minutes. Wrap these crushed pods in clean cotton ball and place this cotton ball inside your ears. Take care not to push it too deep.
Garlic Home Remedies for Cold and Cough: Crush 2 cloves of garlic and leave it in air for 10 minutes. Mix this with two tea spoons of honey and a pinch of rock salt. Place this mixture on tongue and allow it to slowly pass through your throat. Don’t try this in empty stomach as it may increase acidity. Another best way is to mix minced garlic in hot soups and savour in cold winter. Garlic helps in cold and cough as it has anti-viral properties.
Garlic Home Remedies For Joint Pains: Since garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in reducing pain in joints. Here is a traditional way to prepare this remedy. Slit cloves of garlic and remove its sprout. Soak these in butter milk overnight. Wash these garlic cloves next day and mince them with little sesame oil. Store this mixture in an airtight container. Swallow a small ball of this garlic daily with warm water in empty stomach. This relieves joint pain.
Joint Pain Oil: Crush 3 pods of garlic and leave them for 10 minutes. Warm these pods in 10 ml of sesame oil. Massage this warm oil on aching joints. Do not use this oil if your skin is sensitive to garlic.
Apart from these remedies garlic is also used in medicinal recipes like garlic coconut chutney, Dates and carrot salad etc. Garlic is widely used in Vajikarana Therapy. Vajikarana Therapy is for men who have erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and low testosterone level.
Caution: Do not use garlic internally if you are consuming anti-coagulants like aspirin. Garlic may cause skin rashes if skin is very delicate and sensitive. Use it with caution.