Scientific Name - Allium sativum
Properties - Anti-infective, germicide, antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal, alterative, antiseptic, reduces cholesterol, inhibits blood-clotting, lowers blood pressure, opens lungs and bronchial tubes, eliminates parasites. Possibly anticarcinogen.
Common Uses - Chop cloves of garlic and use to make tea, or add to foods when cooking. It may be more effective used raw. Garlic oil may be made by adding chopped garlic to heated olive oil. Inhale fumes for respiratory ailments
Parts Used - Bulb, allicin forms when garlic clove is crushed
Locating & Handling - Buy fresh at the grocery store, or dried in the spice section. Garlic is easy to grow in the garden. Also helps to repel some garden pests.
Caution - Skin irritant when applied directly.
Origin - Recorded as early as 2000 B.C.