We mainly know garlic as a cooking ingredient. But, did you know there are several other uses for this little plant? It is a superfood that has dozens of uses for home and health. If you aren’t already growing garlic, now is the time to start. Check out these 19 incredible ways you can use garlic to benefit your family.
Garlic’s smell isn’t just offensive to some humans. A lot of insects and rodents can’t stand the smell either. You can make a “bug repellent” spray from minced garlic cloves soaked in mineral oil. After a day, strain out the pieces, then add the leftover oil to a spray bottle along with about a pint of tap water, and a teaspoon or so of liquid dish detergent. Spray on plants to keep the bugs away.
Heal a Cold Sore
Apply half a garlic clove to a cold sore for about 10 minutes a few times a day. It might hurt a little at first, but it will help to clear that cold sore up.
Clear Up Acne
Like the cold sore, you can apply raw garlic to acne spots to clear them up. Garlic is antibacterial, so it will help to kill any infection in the spots.
Fix Broken Glass
Did you know that you can use garlic as glue? The sticky juice from the crushed clove will help adhere small breaks or tiny cracks and keep them from getting worse.
Garlic has long been known to aid in weight loss, thanks to it sending a message to the brain that you are fuller, quicker. It also can help to boost your metabolism, which also helps you to lose weight.
Add Delicious Flavor
We have known for generations that garlic is an essential item for your spice cabinet. It can add flavor and aroma to hundreds of dishes.
Splinter Be Gone
Try taking a thin sliver of garlic and bandaging it over that stubborn splinter. It should work its way out within a day.
Garlic is anti-fungal, so it’s a good natural choice to add to a foot bath. You can also try rubbing some directly onto the feet as well.
Immune System Booster
Taking garlic capsules can help to boost your immune system, and reduce your risk of some kinds of cancers, like stomach and colorectal.
Garlic aids in increasing circulation, so it helps the heart to pump more blood to your extremities. While the smell might not be a turn on, it works it’s magic as it is being digested.
If you have thinning hair, garlic may be able to help. Some have suggested that garlic oil on the scalp can help hair to grow. While the smell might be a little annoying, it’s well worth it if your hair grows long and thick again.
Try rubbing garlic oil onto the affected areas to help relieve the itching associated with psoriasis. Garlic is anti-inflammatory, so it can help with skin tightness, too.
Beat Toothache Pain
If you have a toothache, you can put one peeled clove in your mouth by the bothersome tooth while waiting for the dentist. While it’s not a permanent fix, it can offer some instant pain relief and help fight against infection.
Heart Healthy Supplement
Garlic has been suggested to help bring down blood pressure, and bring down your LDL (bad) cholesterol. For best cardiovascular benefits, make it a habit to cook with garlic regularly.
Garlic is full of magnesium, Vitamin b6, and Vitamin C. It’s also low calorie, so it is a perfect add in to many recipes if you want to get a nutritional boost!
Some fish are actually drawn to the smell of garlic. Try some as bait next time you want to catch bass, catfish, or trout. You can coat a dough ball with crushed garlic and put it on the hook. Maybe you’ll catch a big one!
Yeast Infection Cure
Garlic is used worldwide as a natural cure for yeast infections. It sounds unusual, but you can put raw, peeled cloves into cheesecloth and insert the bundle with a tampon applicator. Garlic is anti fungal, so if done at the first symptom, it may kill the infection before it gets worse.
If you put some garlic cloves in hot water, steeping for several minutes, then strain and drink the tea, it can soothe and quiet coughs. You may want to add some honey or ginger if you can’t drink it plain.
Ear Infection Relief
Garlic is antibacterial, so applying garlic oil around the ear area, or putting a few drops into the ear can ease the pain of an ear infection, and kill the bacteria. You can get garlic essential oil at most health food stores or online.
These are just some of the uses for the mighty garlic plant. Can you think of other ways to use garlic?