Allium Sativum, to most known as garlic, is an onion of the genus Allium. This is one that everyone should know about already, as it is common in any
kitchen and available in most stores. With it's long-lasting reputation of warding off disease and majick it's a gem of sorts, and one we should
include in everyday cooking and enjoy for all it's great cullinary and medical properties. Native to Eurasia and Africa, it has been cultivated for
more than 7000 years.
First off, a little personal revelation I had about a dozen years ago. Suffering from years of excessive intrusive thoughts and not being able to stop
talking in my head or ward off the thoughts of everyone around me-- my lovely sister, seeing I was suffering and was practically withering away, more
or less forced me into working for her in the pub kitchen she was running. She gave me a knife and a bucket of garlics and told me to rinse and
extract the cloves of all of them, a few hundred, and carry on with eggs and olive oil &c making a special garlic saturated mayonaise/dressing they
used for their popular burgers and for chippies and so on. While standing there, working again for the first time in years, my mind was still
sparkling at about 200+ words a minute. But the funny thing was, after about ten minutes, having rinsed quite a few cloves, the relentless thinking
and intrusive thoughts suddenly stopped. For the first time in five years I could suddenly control my thoughts. I was like paralysed, just standing
there like a question mark, completely startled, just enjoying the silence of my mind, until my sister asked if I was done with the garlic and ready
to make some mayonaise. I didn't know what to say so I just embraced her and gave her a long hug and nearly started crying. She had lit. saved my life
with a knife and a bucket of garlics. Needless to say, garlic to me is a blessing and a gift from the gods.
According to it's wikipedia article linked below, it has been well documented that garlic has cardiovascular benefits in humans and animals alike,
reducing accumulation of cholesterol on the vascular walls. Known for eons for it's ability to fight common cold, hoarseness and coughs it's
invaluable to any household. It was widely used during WW1 and WW2 as a natural antisceptic to fight gangrene in wounded soldiers, as it has great
disinfectant properties. It doesn't contain any thiamin, but helps to enhance thiamin absorption. Garlic is also rich in vitamin-C thus a good
companion against scurvy. It carries good reputation among AIDS patients for fighting Cryptosporidium and other protozoal diseases. Garlic is also
known to boost testosterone levels. It lowers blood pressure and is a friend of anyone suffering from hypertension.
Garlic is rich in sulphur an important factor explaining many of it's healing properties. In ancient China garlic was used to treat leprosy and the
plant has held that use longer than any other herb. It has also successfully been used to treat tuberculosis and other wasting diseases, and many
people suffering from rheumatism (a clove or two, pounded with honey) and arthritis praise it's positive effects.
From herballegacy.com (link below):
Garlic an natural penicillin has only 1% of the impact of sinthitic penicillin but it is more effective with gram negative bacteria than
penicillin. [...] In addition to keeping the heart and blood vessels healthy research has proved that garlic lowers you blood pressure, lowers your
cholesterol, fends off respiratory infections, infections of the urinary tract and digestive tract. Bacteria shown to be susceptible to garlic in the
test tube include species from Staphylococcus, Escherichia, Proteus, Salmonella, Providencia, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Hafnia, Aeromonas, Vibrio and
Bacillus genera. Fungi demonstrated also to be susceptible to garlic in lab tests include the genera Microsporum, Epidermophyton, Trichophyton,
Rhodotorula, Torulopsis, Trichosporon, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Candida, including Candida albicans. It is reported that garlic is more effective
against pathogenic yeasts than nystatin, especially Candida albicans.
From botanical.com (link below):
There is a Mohammedan legend that:
'when Satan stepped out from the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, Garlick sprang up from the spot where he placed his left foot, and Onion from
that where his right foot touched.'
And further from the same page:
It formed the principal ingredient in the 'Four Thieves' Vinegar,' which was adapted so successfully at Marseilles for protection against the
plague when it prevailed there in 1722. This originated, it is said, with four thieves who confessed, that whilst protected by the liberal use of
aromatic vinegar during the plague, they plundered the dead bodies of its victims with complete security.
Syrup of Garlic is an invaluable medicine for asthma, hoarseness, coughs, difficulty of breathing, and most other disorders of the lungs, being of
particular virtue in chronic bronchitis, on account of its powers of promoting expectoration. It is made by pouring a quart of water, boiled hot, upon
a pound of the fresh root, cut into slices, and allowed to stand in a closed vessel for twelve hours, sugar then being added to make it of the
consistency of syrup. Vinegar and honey greatly improve this syrup as a medicine. A little caraway and sweet fennel seed bruised and boiled for a
short time in the vinegar before it is added to the Garlic, will cover the pungent smell of the latter.
From Witchipedia (link below): In more magical circles, Garlic is believed to have aphrodisiac powers, and by hanging garlic over your bedroom door,
it is believed to draw lovers into it. Garlic is used for exorcism, spell-breaking, invoking passion, protection and strength. Also used to protect
against psychic and physical vampirism.
Use caution if you are taking blood thinners or use aspirin regularly. And don't give it to your pets, they can get sick from it as it can destroy
red blood cells causing possibly fatal anemia. [...] Breastfeeding mothers who eat lots of garlic have occasionally found that their babies became
more colicky, or refused to nurse until they stop eating garlic! [and] Large amounts of garlic may cause stomach upset.
So, needless to say, Garlic is truely amazing and a herb that should be native to any herbalist or culinary inventory.
Garlic at Witchipedia
edit on 14-3-2014 by Utnapisjtim because: a few typos and some