Three Ways That I Have Used Garlic As a Natural Cure

What is garlic

I like garlic and wanted to know a little more about it, so, I went to Wikipedia as usual, to get the meaning of garlic, and it follows. Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, and chive. Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary, and medicinal purposes. Interesting!

I'm not going to go into all of the medicinal qualities and properties, of garlic, because that's been done to death. I'm simply going to tell you how I used garlic to cure three problems in my family.

Garlic and ear infection

Let me preface this by saying I am not recommending any of these methods, I'm simply stating what I've done and how it worked for me.

I have two children that had recurring ear infections. When the first one that had the infection, after repeatedly frequenting the doctors office, I began to look for a natural cure. This is what I found and used. After first determining that it was truly an ear infection, I began my new found cure. I would warm olive oil in a spoon over an open flame, then dip a cotton ball in the cooled oil, (after determining that it was sufficiently cool, by squeezing a few drops on the inside of my forearm), I would then squeeze a few drops in the ear. I would take a piece of raw garlic, large enough not to fit into the ear canal, place it in the ear, then cover that with a cotton ball, and tape it in place with surgical tape. Most times, all it took was one night, but other times a second night was needed. That remedy worked for both children so well that I stopped taking them to the doctor for simple ear infections. The trick was determining what was a simple ear infection, thankfully using my "mother wit," I always knew the difference.

Garlic and tonsillitis

Throughout my young life I was plagued with tonsillitis. I can't begin to tell you all of the antibiotics that I ingested during those years. At least twice a year, year after year I was in the doctors office. Then one year I was reading one of my natural cures books, (don't remember which one). I ran across this suggestion. Garlic enemas, yuk, yeah I know, my reaction too. However I bit the bullet and tried it. It took two nights, for my last two episodes, to be completely free of that dreaded malady. So for the last, I'd say about 35 years, I have not been visited with that particular ailment.


Garlic and my tooth infection

This is one that I found, quite by accident, about two weeks ago.  Over a month ago, I developed a killer tooth infection, it took me about two weeks to finally go to the dentist...............I know, I'm like that........anyway, the dentist gave me two types of antibiotics, and neither worked. I was about to go back again, and one night after being in agony, I had an ah ha moment. I peeled and cut open a clove of garlic, and place each piece on each of the infected areas. Oh, did I say, that because I let it go so long, it had migrated from one side of my mouth to the other. Anyway, after about three hours, I could feel the difference. Every night before bedtime I'd insert the garlic. (I only used the remedy at night, so as not to offend anyone). It took three days to clear up the infection.  To aid in the cure I used peroxide as a mouth rinse.  Also, every morning I used a serious dose of mouthwash after brushing my teeth to get rid of the garlic odor.

Again, I'd like to add, that I am not recommending these remedies, just stating that they worked for me.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Great garlic hub, fastfreta! I haven't tried the tooth thing but a few drops of garlic juice in warm oil in the ear and a couple of garlic cloves under the pillow so the 'flu doesn't 'fly' around were the order of the day! Today, I chop up a clove of garlic each for my dogs and add it to their food - keeps the tics and fleas at bay. What a wonder food to be sure!


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

I wish had known. I used to suffer with tonselities every spring and autumn. I know the feeling. Isn't it horrible.

Thank you for your garlic cure. I realy appreciate them because I also suffer with tooth infection. I certainly will put an end to this. Thank you again.


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MFB III 7 years ago from United States

How true, I use garlic cloves microwaved till they are hot and soft and then chewed for colds, sore throats, and even blood pressure issues, your pressure actually drops depending on your physiology and how acute your levels are.

Of course I do avoid close conversations and kisses, but you would anyhow if you had a cold, sore throat, or high blood pressure not of a romantic nature...lol...great hub.~~~MFB III


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Very very useful. I'm going to have to book mark this one. I have used garlic oil for my girls ears when they had ear infections. And every so often I'll put some in their ear to combat it. I've also heard chewing on garlic is a great way to ward off mosquitos. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to this year. I will try these other remedies as well.


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Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

Yes garlic is a very powerful medicine,it also removes blood clots and strengthens the circulatory system and can calm some of the symptoms in diabetes,not that I have diabetes though!:)

I blend up about 3 whole garlic clusters in water and drink that stuff every 1 or 2 years when I remember,It burns like fire...LOL


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Fascinating. It's great to learn something new. Thank you!


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Good hub Freta. I love garlic, but use it only in food. The smell is too strong for me to use it any other way.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

On a whim, I wrote this hub before I went to bed, and woke up to all of your comments. Thank you so much, now I must print these comments, because you folks have given me new ways to use garlic. Thank you all again very much.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Garlic is the best! All we ever need to prevent poor health and to heal is right there in nature.

I remember the Delaney Sisters who were over 100 - they said when they were in their 60's they started doing yoga every day and taking a garlic clove. I love it raw and when I remember or think I need an extra boost I will chop it up raw and swallow it with water. Beats any supplement.

Thanks fastfreta!


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Wow..this is an excellent hub. I love garlic because of it's medicinal value. I think it even saved my life when my blood pressure skyrocketed once. I am impressed with the way you used it to cure ear infections, tonsillitis and tooth infections.

I have gotten into the habit of eating raw garlic in a salad prior to retiring to bed. It does help to heal many maladies. Thanks again for such an informative hub.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you both, prior to this hub, I only used garlic for special medical ailments, however, now I will start using it on a regular basis.


Linda Medrano 7 years ago

Thanks! Great post. Garlic has a lot of miracle uses! Wow!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Linda, glad to hear from you. Still waiting for your hubs. Hope to hear from you again soon.


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explorer9360 7 years ago

Eating garlic just when you begin to feel the symptoms of a cold or sore throat can end it. I like to eat a large clove before bed when I feel the slightest discomfort. If I get the cold then I have to get regular medicine but if I catch it early enough I can cut it down with garlic. It's really cool.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Another great idea, thanks explore9360.


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Its nice of you to share. Garlic has good qualities, I don't mind chewing on raw garlic - once in a while when cooking but then I'd have to chew mint for the rest of the day. (guess you know why. Lol)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lady_E, I am learning to use garlic in so many more ways than I knew before. Thanks for stopping and sharing your experience.


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RDIndia 7 years ago

Great and useful hub Fastfreta. I know about the olive oil and garlic cure for ear infections but not the 2 others. Thanks for sharing.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank RDIndia, for stopping by, hope to see you soon.


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sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

Very informative.


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

garlic was used by Mama when i was little to lessen toothache, and probably infection. nice hub.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Ah ha, I knew I wasn't too far off the mark, using garlic for my tooth infection. Thanks bingskee for validation. Also thanks for stopping by.

Thanks sukhera143 for stopping by.


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

enjoyed your hub, added it as a link on my hub for nasal irrigation!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you elisabethkcmo for visiting and giving me a link, I'm just beginning to learn about links, so bear with me. Come back again soon.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Good hub! I love garlic! I also believe a lot of cures can be found in nature.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks habee, I agree and I use a lot of natural remedies, besides garlic. Thanks for stopping by.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

very nice information. My mother always use Garlic a lot of than other spices. And I think we get useful by eating garlic. And it proven by your self. It good for natural remedies.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks prasetio30 for weighing in on this hub, and for your confirmation that garlic is used for more than spice. Please come again.


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chefaija 7 years ago

I used garlic drops in all my kids ears and they never got infections. I cook with it also . great hub


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Cool to hear that someone else pours through the natural cures books too. At our house we say "Books are our friends." Garlic is part of the supplement program in Dr. Ivker's "Sinus Survival" program.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks rmcrayne for stopping by. I must look up Dr. Ivker's Sinus Survival, thanks for the tip. Hope to see you again soon.


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I wrote about his plan in 2 of my Healthcare HubMob hubs. I think there are links in both. One is on Sinusitis, The First Time... and the other is on Books That Impacted... He has several books and a website.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks again, and I will go over and look at your hub.


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Imagine 7 years ago

Great Hub Keep up the Good Work!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Imagine, for stopping and thanks for the comment. Please come again soon.


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Imagine 7 years ago

No problem fastfreta Garlic is also a natural remedy for Yeast Infections. I have read many of your Hubs you are an excellent writer. Talk to you Soon!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Imagine, for your compliment.


calvin 6 years ago

Helpful stuff, my pleasure to have come across this, when you get some more i will be more than happy to view it. Thanks for your input.

http://www.naturalremedyyeastinfection.info


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Very interesting I cook with garlic because its reputation for being good for health, but never tried to use it like this. Bookmarked your hub for future reference thank you.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks calvin for reading my hub, please come back and read more.

2uesday, I too, cook with it and eat it raw for health reason.

Thanks for visiting this hub. Please come back for more.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great to know, I know garlic is good for you but I'd have never dreamed of sticking it in my ear! I have had ear problems all my life and I am going to try this. Thx!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Believe me Pollyannalana, it really works, thanks for stopping. I'll be seeing you.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very useful remedies that can save us from trips to the Doctors/Hospital. Thanks.

Garlic is so effective.

Regards.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lady_E for stopping and reading. I do agree garlic is very effective. See you soon.


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

Love your galic hub fastfreta - in fact I love everything about garlic and have just added a garlic hub as well. And thanks for checking out thelistlady.

Carolyn (BK)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Well, well listlady, I must go over and check it out. Thank you for checking this one out, and I'm glad that you found it interesting. See you real soon.


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trimar7 5 years ago from New York

I am just getting over having quite a nasty cold. I will try your garlic trick and a few of the others as well. Thank you for sharing.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks trimar7 for stopping. I hope it works for you, it has for me.


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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

freta I used the garlic in my ear last night and it worked! We have a cold front coming in- it's supposed to get down to the 20s Tues-Fri nights. I often get a reactive rhinitis with weather changes. I was congested but started getting a pretty bad R earache last night, and very sore throat on the same side. I did the oil and garlic. I woke up multiple times during the night, and knew my earache had gone away. Today my ear AND throat discomfort is minor. I might do it again tonight for good measure! I'm so glad I remembered this hub!! I work with families with children. I'm going to tell them about this!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, thank you rmcrayne for the validation of this remedy. Please go back and "like" it so that it can get out to the general public. So thanks again.


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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Done! Tweeted too.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks rmcrayne, you're sweet.


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Ann810 5 years ago from Sunny Cali

Hi Freta, I haven't yet used garlic in other ways other than eating. But I will remember to use the ear infection garlic remedy. Thanks, helpful information, nice article.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hello Ann810, thank you so much for stopping, sorry it's taken so long to respond, I don't have regular Internet access at this time. I'm glad you found the hub useful. Again thank you, and please come back.


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

I knew about using garlic for ear infections, but I had no idea about using it as a remedy for an infected tooth... thanks for the tips!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks again Rachelle, for stopping over, you give me such a boost. I love to see your comments, please come back.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Great information on garlic. My mother told me about using garlic for ear infection. I still visit the doctor's office to make sure of the infection. I will try it for my cold.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Yes tarajeyaram, I agree with seeing the doctor first, as a matter of fact that's what I used to do before administering the treatment to my children. Thanks for stopping, please come back again.


hamid 4 years ago

really all studies encourage qarlic as an important way to decrease cholesterol , but it had a bad odour , is there any one can help me to get rid of its odour, i can smell it even in urine, if any inform me pleese my email drheart7h@yahoo.com


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

To help diffuse the garlic odor, use parsley. There are also parsley capsules that can be purchased to help eliminate or minimize the odor. Thanks for checking out the article. Hope this helps.


hub 4 years ago

i hv been eating garlic for abt 4years now,never get sick, never been to hospital since then. people thinks that i am kind of abnormal,weird, or whatever but they have no idea what i hv been doing behind bars..


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Ah, okay, thanks for stopping.

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