Introduction: For thousands of years, garlic has been a very useful plant and respect worldwide. In many ancient civilizations such as China, Egypt, Rome and Greece (among others) garlic consumed in large amounts (up to 4 teeth daily) as preventive medicine, to energize and provide protection from all kinds of evils. The ancient Jews recommended for men who wanted to “fulfill their marital duties” because of his reputation as an aphrodisiac, while recognizing the repellent effect that causes body odor. In some religions of the Middle East, garlic and other similar plants were considered impure and evil spirits linked. The displeasure of the smell of garlic also resulted in several laws that formally still in existence in some parts of the United States: for example, in Gary, Indiana is illegal to go to the movies after eating garlic.
Internal Welfare: In traditional herbal medicine usually ingested garlic (between one and four cloves a day) to take advantage of its medicinal properties. In China, garlic was used to treat hypertension, allergies, cough, intestinal parasites and respiratory problems, including asthma. Scientific research supports the usefulness of many of these customs. Apart from its antibiotic effect, several studies point to two particular properties of garlic: low sugar levels and thins the blood, so it may have unwanted interactions with some medications and you should avoid consuming several days before any surgery.
For women: The effectiveness of garlic as a remedy for vaginal infections was a well kept secret by traditional healers. For centuries, women from around the world used a peeled clove of garlic inserted into the vagina for several nights to balance the natural levels of bacteria in the vagina every morning drew garlic to rest the body using a new tooth each night. Some women wrapped garlic in boiled or sterile gauze for easy removal. This treatment could continue for 3-40 days and often applied in combination with a daily rinsing three parts of purified water with one part vinegar to clean the hidden parts and control yeast.
external infections and stings: Infusion (tea) garlic was used as a gargle remedy for throat infections, it was also used to wash wounds or treat fungal problems and skin infections. In some cases a clove of crushed garlic whole or applied directly to the affected area, for example gums swollen by infection or insect bites.
In gardening garlic is sown among other vegetables or around fruit to repel insects and rodents trees, also can be planted on the banks of the garden to prevent ant invasions. Garlic infusion (often prepared cayenne chilli) can be applied directly to spray the stems and leaves of other plants as a pesticide.
In ancient times chew various herbs such as mint, thyme, parsley and basil to eliminate garlic breath today gum have the same effect. A 2010 study suggests that taking garlic along with whole milk reduces the smell of garlic produced both breath and body.
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