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The origin of garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is descended from the heart of Asia, and later it grew by Egyptians, the Chinese, Jews and other nations.

Ancient Egyptians associated garlic with immortality, believing in its magical healing powers. 

In ancient Greece, the father of medicine, Hippocrates used a distillate of garlic in the treatment of infections of the uterus in women and diarrhoea. 

In the middle Ages, garlic was used in the fight against the plague. 

During World War I soldiers on the battlefield have used garlic instead of antibiotics and as a disinfectant for wounds and injuries and prevention of contamination of wounds and gangrene. 

In Islamic belief, the prophet Muhammad fought for the use of garlic as an antidote with snake bites and insect bites.

Basic Characteristics of Garlic

Garlic is an herbaceous plant, with long, thin, green leaves and bulbs, which is composed of the cloves and with a characteristic odor and flavor.

Due to the fact that his pollen is sterile, garlic doesn't give the seeds and therefore propagated only vegetative.

Types of garlic that is grown today are white and purple.

Nutritional Value of Garlic

Since vitamin in garlic can be found in large quantities vitamin C and vitamin B6, vitamin A; From trace minerals, garlic contains copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, selenium and boron. 

Attendees are aromatic substances, saponins, inulin, no starch, as well as essential oils containing sulphur in it, one of which stimulates the taste of garlic.


The main ingredient in garlic is a substance identified as Alin, and is located in the fresh, intact garlic. 

It is a derivative of cysteine and doesn't own antimicrobial properties. However, when the garlic squashes, paddle, it releases enzymes that degrade Alin to allicin, which gives a specific flavor to garlic and of course, he is a carrier of the antimicrobial effect of garlic. 

Further oxidation of allicin creates other derivatives having antithrombotic activity or prevents thrombus formation in blood vessels and the occurrence of venous paths and atherosclerosis.

Health Benefits of Garlic

• Strengthens the immune system; it has anti-microbial properties and effectively prevents and participates in the treatment of many infections.

• It is effective in treatment of respiratory infections - colds, cough, and sore throat. 

For this purpose, it is recommended a natural product - garlic in honey. When you recognize the first signs of a cold or flu, dip one clove in honey and eat it. Surely you will be protected from viruses.

• Garlic is a protector of the heart and blood vessels - prevents accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides in the walls of blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, prevents thrombus formation, improves circulation in legs/hands. 

Also known is the effect of garlic to lowers blood pressure, and is good in the treatment of hypertension.

Problems with the thyroid gland, reduced or increased thyroid function, hormone imbalance, metabolic disorders can be treated with garlic. Since garlic contains iodine, the thyroid will surely love it, because iodine is the main element that creates this gland.

• Garlic is very imprtant in the treatment of fungal and bacterial vaginal infections in women

For this purpose, you can prepare natural product for the treatment of vaginal candidiasis - is necessary to dip a tampon in a little oil of garlic and applied it.

• Because of its antimicrobial action is effective in the treatment of wounds, cuts, flush throat, and ear infection-affected.

• In eliminating toxins that were stored beneath the surface of the skin, you can use castor oil with garlic mash. Castor oil will penetrate deep into the skin, and garlic will encourage toxins to come out to the surface.

• When the state of fever or when you can't remove the high temperature, try the natural way of removing temperature - finely chop a few cloves garlic and apply them on the soles of the feet. Wrap your feet or put on your socks. The temperature will return to normal.

• To improve male potency use garlic, because garlic is  proven natural aphrodisiac.

How to make oil of garlic?

It is necessary to: 


- 3 heads of garlic
- Virgin olive oil


Well  clean and place garlic in blender. Pour the olive oil over garlic, in an amount to cover it. Mix the ingredients well.

Transfer the content in a jar and let stand covered for 2 weeks. Every day give a little shake. After two weeks, strain it through cheesecloth content.

Content that you get is garlic oil, which you can use instead of ear drops, with the onset of bacterial ear infections

Also with this oil, it can be treated herpes virus sexual infections.

The oil of garlic you can use in food either, as food additive.

Application of garlic in the kitchen

Garlic is an indispensable spice in every kitchen, where it is used in cooked dishes, sauce, in addition to marinades for meat and fish, fresh salads, especially with cucumber, tomato, spinach and other vegetables.

How to prepare bread with garlic and olives?

It is necessary to:

- 1 pound flour
- 10 oz of water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- Dry rosemary
- 10 black olives


In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients, add water and 4 tablespoons olive oil and mix well and knead to obtain dough. 

In the dough can be added soda, to better build-up. Allow dough to rest for a bit in a warm place, and then switch the dough to a baking sheet that has been coated with oil.

In a smaller bowl put the chopped olives and chopped onion. In another bowl add olive oil (6 tbsp) and dry rosemary and mix thoroughly.

Pressed olives and finely chopped garlic in the dough and spread evenly throughout the pan.  Then all coated with a mixture of olive oil and rosemary.

Put in the oven to bake about 20 minutes, until the bread becomes golden yellow.


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