Garlic is a herb of choice for treating colds, flus, sore throats, and poor or sluggish digestion. It stimulates the production of white blood cells, boosting the body’s immune function and its sulphur compounds and essential oils make it a potent internal and external antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial agent affective for treating many types of infections. It has even been found effective against several forms of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Garlic is also a well known vermifuge and is used to treat intestinal worms in humans and animals. it is very effective for maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels and helps prevent platelet aggregation, making it the herb of choice for many circulatory issues. Studies show that it also lowers blood sugar levels, making it a useful aid in treating type 2 diabetes.

According to the latest studies, cooking garlic may render it a bit less potent, but most of its active ingredients will remain active. So add garlic freely to soups, pastas, and other recipes. For complete medicinal benefits, eat it raw, by blending it with pesto and other sauces.

The psychological term for fear of garlic isĀ alliumphobia.