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Garlic Health Benefits Including Hair and More

Updated on July 1, 2017

G Great for so many things including your health

A Allium Sativum AKA Garlic, in the onion family Alliaceae.

R Raw is one of the best ways to reap the benefits from garlic.

L Lowers your blood pressure and improves circulation. Lowers blood lipid levels.

I Infections and colds are fought with garlic.

C Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium,

selenium, Vitamin b1, b2, b3, c and zinc are all found in garlic.

Garlic and a Garlic press
Garlic and a Garlic press | Source

Garlic is a perennial plant originally from South Asia. It is one of the oldest known herbs that is now grown worldwide. Garlic is a bulb that will have up to twenty cloves.

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Garlic from a recent harvest awaiting collection in rural Goheung county, South Jeolla province, South Korea
Garlic from a recent harvest awaiting collection in rural Goheung county, South Jeolla province, South Korea | Source

Why Use Garlic?

People have been using garlic medicinally and for food since the pyramids were built.

  • Soldiers in World War I and II were given garlic to prevent gangrene.
  • Garlic today is used as a preventative for plaque building up on the arteries causing high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a heart attack.
  • Research is being done regarding garlic and if it can actually protect against cancer.
  • This little gem is high in antioxidants.
  • Garlic has been known to be a natural repellent against mosquitoes.
  • Taking garlic supplements or eating garlic is a powerful antibiotic and is one that the body does not build up a resistance to.

Garlic For Your Hair and Scalp

  • Using garlic oil on the hair and scalp will help with dry hair and itchy scalp.
  • It will aid in making the hair roots stronger.
  • Garlic can be used as a hair loss preventative.
  • Adding garlic extract to your shampoo will help to strengthen, and cut down on hair splitting.
  • Using garlic extract or garlic shampoo once a week will add shine to the hair.

The many forms of garlic

You can find garlic in various forms such as:

  • supplements
  • dried
  • oil
  • extracts
  • jarred
  • fresh.

Garlic Cautions

Garlic is not for everyone though especially if you are about to have surgery or have a baby,as it does work as a blood thinner.

If you are taking any medications you really should consult your doctor before starting on garlic supplements.

One can experience side effects from garlic and garlic supplements, so just be aware of this.

On A Personal Note

I love garlic and everyone that knows me knows it. I wonder if it is my bad breath. Recently one of my family members asked me to cut back just a little on the amount of garlic I was putting into my homemade Caesar salad dressing. Okay well I have to admit I can and sometimes do overdo the garlic.

There’s nothing like Garlic Bread made from freshly pressed garlic mixed into butter or margarine and slathered on a French stick or Italian loaf, then topped with cheddar cheese, and placed under the broiler for a few minutes.

Roasted garlic, the aroma drives me wild. What’s a roast beef or pork roast without garlic? Oh and cloves stuffed under the chicken’s skin makes for a scrumptious delight.

Homemade soups just would not be the same without pressing garlic into them during the last five minutes of cooking. Mashed potatoes with roasted garlic added MM good. Okay, I have said enough, are you convinced how much I love garlic?

Garlic for Dogs

Before I go, there is one more way I use garlic, which is in my dogs’ food. They love it too. Half of a very small clove, freshly chopped, about twice a week, I add it to the top of their breakfast or dinner. In the summer I do not use a conventional flea preventative with them. Brewers Yeast powder (added daily) along with garlic (twice per week) added to their food, has worked to keep the fleas away for years.

Many people feel that garlic is bad for dogs, however I've had dogs all my life and have fed them garlic without any problems.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady and Chrissie, Thank you both for reading and yes garlic is great for so many things.

    • chrissieklinger profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love garlic too and had no idea it was good for your hair. Great info. here Susan!

    • GoodLady profile image

      Penelope Hart 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This is a wonderful Hub. I had no idea it helped with scalp problems. I have an itching scalp and have been losing hair recently, so this advice is precious, thank you so much. We eat tons of garlic in our house and we do know it's good for thinning the blood which helps when its hot in the summer. Great photos.

      Pinning, etc. cos I love it!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sandy, I don't think I've ever taken a garlic tablet as I've always added the real thing to foods. Cooked, raw, just love the stuff :) Thanks for stopping in to read this and glad you found it useful.

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I enjoy cooking with garlic. Not so good with taking the old garlic tablets that sit in the kitchen. Useful information here.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pam, It sure is.

    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love garlic too. Great way to stay healthy.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      icciev, Thank you, and glad that you found it useful.

    • icciev profile image


      9 years ago from Kuwait

      I know that Garlic is useful, but didn't it know it could be that much useful, thanks for this informative and useful hub. voted up

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, That's really funny. May keep the vampires away though :) Thanks for the votes.

      Mrs. Menagerie, Please let me know if this works for your dogs. If I recall it took about one to one and a half weeks for my dogs to stop itching.

    • Mrs. Menagerie profile image

      Mrs. Menagerie 

      9 years ago from The Zoo

      Thank you Susan, I'll do that. Voted useful for sure!

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      9 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oooh.. yesss... We love garlic! My mother did not. Her description of "enough garlic" was quite hilarious. My youngest daughter was living with her grandma for a time, and loved to cook with garlic. My mother detested the smell of it cooking, and did not care for it in her food.

      She said, "If you go out in the backyard, and rub a little garlic onto the back of the house, that is enough garlic for me."

      My husband and I love the stuff, however! ;-) Great info. Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beth, I would like to try Wild garlic as well as the leaves. Thanks for your comments.

      shea, I've always liked raw garlic and am glad my husband does too.

      Mrs. Menagerie, My dogs have very dry and itchy skin. I find that salmon oil capsules once a day helps quite a bit with this. Something you may want to look into.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 

      9 years ago from The Zoo

      I am inspired by your hub to start giving my dog a little garlic in his food. He has some yucky skin issues that may benefit from least it couldn't hurt, right?

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      shea duane 

      9 years ago from new jersey

      I love garlic, too. BUT my husband has asked me not to eat is raw. Apparently, the smell is too much for him. I'll try the odorless... and I'll truy it for my dogs also.

      Great hub!

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      Beth Pipe 

      9 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      I love garlic - thanks for the excuse to eat more! Every spring we get loads of wild garlic in the woods near our home and the leaves taste great in a salad!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      celeBritys4africA thanks so much.

      toknowinfo It is amazing how many great benefits garlic does have.

      NancyCNC I love garlic so much I can just eat it as it is. Does not do too much for the breath though :)

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      10 years ago

      Wow, great hub. I love garlic, too. It also one of the top food recommended for natural cancer treatment. I take garlic extract at the first sign of a cold because it is the most potent natural antibiotic.

    • toknowinfo profile image


      10 years ago

      Garlic has so many uses. Thanks for sharing this information. I didn't know garlic works on a dry scalp. Thanks for teaching me so many new things. Voted up and useful.

    • celeBritys4africA profile image


      10 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Garlic is so helpful for your health. Great hub.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Garlic prawns they are delicious!

      Wrath it is amazing that some of things we actually like very much are good for us :)

      Susan52 just about anything with garlic makes my mouth water:)

      Thanks for the comments everyone.

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago

      We love garlic at our house. Your description of garlic bread with fresh-pressed garlic made my mouth water!

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I can't wait to get some. I need several of its benefits. I didn't know this stuff before and am glad you told us. Thanks.

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern Spain

      We love garlic especially garlic prawns ! use it a lot.

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      Christy Zutautas 

      10 years ago

      Great hub about garlic, I love fresh garlic, my husband isn't crazy about it though. It is interesting to see the many benefits of it:)

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      10 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Saw your last link here for your blog, will be there to say hello on occasion too. Good luck with all your writing efforts

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      10 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Of course I would notice the acrostic first, but also found new uses and effects of garlic. Roasted garlic does smell delicious and there is something in this that makes it sweet even. Nice hub ...

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      10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thanks for the valuable info in this hub about garlic Susan. I'll bookmark so I can refer to this hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have heard that garlic is very good for you but I never thought about using it on my hair. It seems garlic has many benefits that I wasn't aware of, so thanks for the information.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      L.L. I so agree with you. katrinasui I did not know about garlic helping to clear acne thanks so much for letting me know.

    • katrinasui profile image


      10 years ago

      Garlic is very healthy for you and contains many vitamins and minerals. Garlic is very useful to help clear your acne when applied topically every morning and night. There are so many other benefits of garlic. Thanks Susan for writing such a nice hub.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Garlic must surely be a food of the gods. The fact that something that tastes so good is also good for you is a modern day miracle.


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