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Garlic Or 'Garleac' As A Herbal Remedy

Updated on March 1, 2010

I am a real fan of alternative medicine and I believe that the medical profession should be doing more to link the two areas. In order to treat conditions and diseases in the best way for us and our bodies. That way we can avoid strong medicines and their side effects were possible. I think we need to go back to that way of treating medical problems. Where possible and appropriate of course.

Garlic is one of my favourite herbal remedies, because it has so many benefits, medicinal properties and is full of vitamins. I chop a clove on most days and swallow with water like medicine, that way you avoid it's pungent odour on your breath. It works as an antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral agent. What more could you ask of a mere herb? Raw garlic is the best by the way, cooked it hasn't the same medicinal value and personally I think raw is better and stronger than tablets too.

Garlic has a long list of medicinal qualities from helping to fight against the big 'C' (Cancer) to lowering blood pressure and killing Candida, yeast found in the stomach and intestines. It will cure you of 'thrush' which stems from the same yeast. It is even said to control furring up of the arteries with plaque (atherosclerosis).

From the old word 'garleac' which means leek or spear, it comes from Central Asia originally and dates back to AD 510. One of the most common and well known herbs, it is used all over the world as a seasoning for food, close relatives include the onion, shallot and leek.

Try it to cure the common cold, no wonder this every day herb is known as 'the home antibiotic.' Plus unlike our usual antibiotics which everyone hates taking because they make you feel worse so often and they kill all the good bacteria in your system; garlic does not do this so it will rid you of Candida for sure. Although add some good bacteria like acidophiles in case it does intimidate some of the good stuff!

As to vitamin content this humble herb has it all from Vitamin C to B6, in large amounts. 52% of vitamin C and 95% of B6. Also Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and others. So in my eyes it should be "A clove of garlic a day keeps the doctor away!"

However be aware, some people can be allergic to garlic and do not over use. One large clove a day keeps the doctor away, not 5 or 10! As I was tempted to do!

A clove a day keeps the doctor away!
A clove a day keeps the doctor away!



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    • Oremie B profile imageAUTHOR

      Oremie B 

      8 years ago from North London

      Thanks for that but it seems I didn't go to as much trouble as all of you with so many bits to your hubs! Well done!

    • wrenfrost56 profile image


      8 years ago from U.K.

      I really liked this hub, Oremie and I agree with you, it should be more intergrated into conventional medicine.

    • Oremie B profile imageAUTHOR

      Oremie B 

      8 years ago from North London

      The hubs I've seen and read on the first contest topic'Herbal Remedies'have been great, well written, imformative, interesting with lots of extras pics etc. Great stuff! I don't seem to have enough time to commit fully to this writing yet!


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