- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Garlic For Stinky Feet and Other Things!!!
You are probably aware that Allium Sativum, or Garlic, has been medically tested and found to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. You may also know that Garlic in your regular diet may help to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. The following are some additional little known medical uses for this pungent onion relative.
Ouch! My Ear Hurts!
My favorite medical use for garlic is to treat the infamous and painful ear infection, usually experienced by small children and accompanied by a respiratory infection. Today doctors will only prescribe antibiotics for this condition and rarely administer a pain relieving ear drop. Thus leaving the child in pain for two to three days before the antibiotic begins to have an effect (that is if the body is not already immune to antibiotics in which case the ear infection and pain remains).
I experienced several middle ear infections as a child and hence passed the ailment along to my daughter. The best and quickest cure for this is Garlic oil. At the first sign of an ear infection, lie the person or child on the side not affected and dispense two to three drops of 100% garlic oil directly into the infected ear. Have the person remain on the non-affected side for thirty minutes to one hour (if the patient is a small child, lie down with them and take this time to snuggle).
After about ten minutes the ear will become extremely itchy, don’t worry this is the garlic oil rapidly healing the infection. Just like a healing wound will itch, the healing of an ear infection will itch as well. The scratchiness should dissipate after about ten minutes. The pain of the ear infection will be gone in thirty minutes and after one hour the person or child should feel great.
The only downside I have noticed with this treatment is you will stink to high heaven for 24 hours.
I Can't Breathe!
If you are like myself or my daughter, you may suffer from chronic asthma. Chronic asthma leads to chronic respiratory infections and higher susceptibility to the common cold due in part to a weakened immune system. There is a garlic aid for both of these conditions as it is a natural anti-inflammatory and will assist in opening the airways.
For chronic asthma sufferers my garlic elixir is ginger garlic tea. First brew a pot of ginger tea, this can be store bought or fresh ginger tea, your choice. Once the brewing is complete and while tea is still hot, pour yourself a cup and add two cloves of garlic to it. Allow the concoction to cool a bit, then slowly sip allowing the aroma to fill your nasal passages. If you do this every night especially during the winter and hay fever months, you should see a reduction in frequency of asthma attacks and intensity.
For the miserable common cold we all know that chicken soup is the way to go. I suggest that you add one clove of chopped garlic to your steamy bowl of soup. This will help to open your nasal cavity and you will breathe a bit easier.
My Feet Stink And My Toenails Are Yellow! Yuck!
Do you or someone you know suffer from constant stinky feet? The kind of stink that will clear a room and cause your socks to get up and launder themselves? Are your toenails yellow and misshaped? Then you are probably experiencing athletes foot or another type of fungal infection. Thank goodness for a little thing called garlic.
For stinky athletes foot or other fungal foot infections, fill a foot bath or dishpan with just enough water to cover the feet then add 20 - 30 drops of garlic oil to the water. Soak the feet in this solution daily until the fungus and smell are gone. You can also crush five cloves of garlic and mix with two tablespoons of baking soda and three tablespoons of water creating a thick paste. Apply the paste directly to the feet for a half hour then rinse the feet. This method works quicker to cure the athletes foot, however it is a lot more work and a whole lot messier.
If your have yellow or brown toenails, then chances are you’ve got toenail fungus. With a clean nail polish brush or Q-tip liberally apply garlic oil directly to the toenail and allow it to dry. After a week or so, the toenail fungus should die (depending on severity) and your toenails should be nice and shiny again.
To prevent foot infections, keep your feet dry. After bathing allow the feet to air dry for at least fifteen minutes before putting on socks or shoes. Moist feet are a breeding ground for fungal infections.
I Thought Warts Were For Toads!
Okay, so you don’t have to be a toad or even touch a toad to contract a wart. Warts are caused by a virus entering through a small opening in the skin. Time to whip out the garlic!
To remove a wart first apply a thick layer of Vaseline with a Q-tip to the area of skin surrounding the wart. This will protect the skin and only allow the garlic to destroy the wart itself. Cut a sliver of garlic large enough to cover the wart, then wrap semi-tight with a bandage. Leave on for 24 hours, then allow the wart to air dry. Within a week the wart should turn black and fall off on its own.
Love That Garlic
The beauty of garlic is it tastes great and has inexpensive medicinal properties as well. I love the stuff. I hope the above tips are helpful to you. If you know of any other neat uses for garlic, please leave a comment below.