Traditional Home and Folk Remedy: Garlic

Garlic belongs to the onion family, and is one of the best-known and most used medicinal plants. It has a strong odor, which many people find off putting, but well worth the suffering the effects.

Garlic has been shown to lower total serum cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol in human clinical trials. Effective herbal preparations of garlic can be used at less cost and with fewer side effects than most pharmaceutical drugs, and its use has recently been applauded by the conventional medical establishment.

A remedy using garlic was found on a Sumerian clay tablet which dated back to 3000 B. C. E. Ayurvedic practitioners prescribed garlic liberally for cancer and leprosy. When the British came to India, leprosy became know as “peelgarlic,” because of the frequent sight of lepers peeling and eating garlic cloves.



  • Nursing mothers beware: Garlic in your breast milk may cause colic in your infant.
  • Some people have allergies to garlic and my develop a skin rash. If one appears, discontinue garlic use.
  • Consult a physician before consuming large quantities of garlic for medical purposes.
  • Safe to use but may be too hot for some constitutions, in which case use with milk.
  • Enteric-coated tablets are available. These are easier on the digestion.



Garlic is a pungent, sweet bulb with heating and drying qualities. It is an excellent stimulant, carminative, and expectorant. The juice is disinfectant, rejuvenative, and antispasmodic. Garlic has a rejuvenating effect on all tissues and systems such as digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and circulatory.


How To Use:

Garlic reduces kapha and vatha, and increases pitta. Its stimulating effects aids in the secretion of digestive juices. Garlic juice has been used to treat infected wounds and amebic dysentery.

Garlic may be used as a natural antibiotic, and as a blood pressure and cholesterol reducer. To obtain antibiotic effects, 6-12 cloves of garlic a day are recommended. Peel and chew three cloves of garlic at a time, 2 to 4 times a day. The garlic must be chewed, crushed, chopped, or bruised to access its antibiotic properties.

HELPFUL TIP: When chewing the garlic take a spoonful of honey along with the garlic. It doesn’t mask all the taste but defiantly helps.



Garlic syrup relieves bronchitis, and lung infections.

You need some honey and fresh garlic bulb.

Peel and chop 6-8 cloves of fresh garlic.

Place the chopped garlic in a jar, and cover with 8 tablespoons of honey.

Let it stand for several days and then strain.

The garlic infused honey can be given by the teaspoonful (1 for children, 4 for adults) to boost the immune system and treat infections.



Garlic or Onion Milk

Put 1 onion or 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, into a pan with 2 cups of milk (cow’s, goat’s sheep’s or nut milk).

Simmer over a very low heat for 20 minutes then strain.

Can be stored in a refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

Dose: Infants 1 or 2 dessertspoons every four hours. Young children can drink freely if feverish and croupy.



Mix chopped garlic with and equal amount of honey and take 1 teaspoon 3 to 6 times daily. Half dose for children.

The infused oil can be applied to the skin, ear, and chest, to fight infections.

Regular dietary use benefits the circulation.

Garlic is an exceptional respiratory disinfectant, but it is often too strong for young children. Onions and leek are in the same family and have similar but milder actions. Onion or garlic milk is an ideal remedy for infants and small children.


I hope this is helpful to you!

And again consult a physician before consuming large quantities for medicinal purposes.

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Book: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PHD

ISBN #9780007851379

Information pulled August 2, 2018


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