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5 easy medicinal uses for garlic

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Garlic has been used for centuries for its culinary and medicinal properties. Not only does it add fantastic flavor to your dish; it is extremely healthy for you. Garlic’s key medicinal ingredient is allicin, a known anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Research has also shown allicin to have lipid-lowering, anti-blood coagulation, anti-hypertension, and anti-cancer effects. To release the allicin, garlic must be crushed or finely minced. Garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins B6 and C, protein, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, manganese, and many others.

Here are five ways to use garlic other than to spice up a meal:

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1. Boost your immune system
Taking fresh raw garlic daily can boost your immune system with its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Doing so is easy. Simply mince up 1 clove of garlic to add to a spoonful of honey (local, raw honey is best), and swallow it down. Be careful NOT to chew! It gets a little spicy hot if chewed. If you dislike honey you can add the minced garlic to a spoonful of mashed avocado or similar easy to swallow food.

2. Treat a cold, cough, or onset of flu
When you feel an illness coming on, take fresh minced garlic as mentioned above, however do this 3-4 times daily for the duration or until you begin to feel better.

3. Treat a toothache
Apply a crushed garlic clove to the affected tooth and surrounding area for immediate relief. Do not leave on for long. The garlic will irritate the surrounding gums if left on too long.

4. Get rid of warts
Apply a small amount of garlic juice to the surface of a wart, cover with a bandage, and repeat daily until the wart disappears. It is recommended to take care not to get the juice on the surrounding skin, as it may burn the skin. If this happens, just wipe it off before applying the bandage.

5. Treat a vaginal infection
Garlic kills yeast. At the onset of infection, insert one peeled garlic clove into the vagina before going to bed and remove in the morning. For easy removal, sew a string though the middle of the clove. For a more advanced infection the clove can be sliced in half; however it will most likely result in a burning sensation. Another option would be to make a few small slices in the clove with a fingernail instead of slicing in half.

BONUS: - It's inexpensive and all natural!!

These are a few among many reasons to stock your pantry with garlic to have handy for your cooking and medicinal needs. Eating it fresh and raw is the most potent and healthy way to consume garlic. If the taste of garlic is a problem, it can also be taken in powder, flakes, paste, or pill form.

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