Garlic has so many health and household uses - some of which might seem unusual at first glance.
While garlic is important for natural health (you may be already know that garlic has the ability to increase immunity, neutralize colds and is a recognized broad-spectrum antibiotic), its functions extend beyond these common uses.
Check out these unusual alternative uses for garlic:
1. A Great Aid for Athlete's Foot
Being a potent, natural anti-fungal, garlic is ideal for treating fungal infections like irritating and itchy athlete's foot. Add a couple of crushed garlic cloves to warm water in a foot bath and soak the affected area for 30 minutes.
2. Helps in Preventing Gas
While garlic can cause uncomfortable stomach-bloating gas in some people due to its high sulfur content, it reportedly eases gas in others. In order to maintain good intestinal health, you need to consume it on a regular basis. Garlic can kill harmful intestinal bacteria, promoting the growth of beneficial flora and making digestion smoother.
3. Combats Hair Loss
Before resorting to a more drastic measure, if you are going bald, give garlic a shot. It is believed that massaging the scalp with garlic oil stimulates hair growth.
4. Apply it to Breakouts of Acne
Though it will make your skin smell, the antibacterial properties of garlic will help lessen the appearance of acne, including those deep acne cysts that can otherwise be difficult to treat. Just slice open a clove of raw, fresh garlic and apply it to breakouts.
5. Use it as a Natural Pesticide
All you need to do is mince three garlic cloves and let them sit in two tablespoons of mineral oil for 24 hours. Then, strain out the garlic and add the oil, along with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap, to a pint of water in a spray bottle and spray on infested plants.
6. Use it to Repel Mosquitoes
You don’t need to use potentially toxic chemicals to ward off mosquitoes - garlic can work wonders for you instead. To prepare a mosquito spray, let a few minced cloves of garlic infuse in an ounce of mineral oil for 24 hours. Strain and mix the garlic scented oil with two cups of water and one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. If necessary, strain again and pour into a spray bottle.
7. Kills Bacteria that Causes Ear Infections
This common folk remedy has been used for centuries. Simply crush a clove of garlic and place it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. Strain, allow to cool, then drip a few drops at a time into your ear canal. Alternatively, you can purchase garlic oil from natural health food stores.
8. Helps Remove Splinters
Splinters are painful to remove and may at times dig a little too deep into the skin to pull out, but this odd trick can really work. Place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter, keeping it on with a bandage. The garlic should help the splinter work its way out of the skin within a few hours.
9. Use it as a Cough Syrup
Garlic can be used as a cough syrup to ease inflammation in the throat and clear up excess mucus. Add raw, minced garlic in hot water, straining it after five minutes and drinking the liquid as tea. To make it more palatable, add ginger and honey.
10. Kills Intestinal Parasites
Many alternative health practitioners advise using raw garlic to expel intestinal parasites. Consumed in quantities of about three cloves per day, garlic may help clear nasty organisms out of the digestive tract. It is recommended as part of a cleansing diet that also includes raw honey, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, carrots and beets.