A Brief History of Garlic's Medicinal Uses

Originating in Central Asia, garlic spread around the globe, and its medicinal uses have been recorded as early as 5000 B.C. in Sanskrit writings. Egyptian slaves ate it for strength as they built the pyramids, soldiers in ancient Greece ate it before battle while athletes used it to boost performance for the Olympics. Garlic was used in Europe to ward off evil spirits and to treat smallpox, fungal infections, leprosy, and asthma. In World Wars I and II soldiers used it to treat infection and fight gangrene. Numerous modern studies have shown garlic’s medicinal properties to include treatment of colds, fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and thrush, lowering of cholesterol and high blood pressure, even reduction in the risk of stomach and colon cancers. Finally, garlic kills many types of bacteria, including staphylococcus and salmonella.

Eat garlic raw and chopped or crushed to release the allicin, the compound responsible for these health benefits. My family and I eat chopped raw garlic ourselves to ward off infections and colds. Nibbling on parsley, fennel seed or chocolate helps combat the inevitable garlic breath. Get yourself some garlic!