Central European folk beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against demons, werewolves, and vampires.
Garlic Powder: Put your peeled garlic cloves in an oven on low heat. When they are dry, pound them in a mortar and put back in the oven to dry again. Pound again until they are reduced to a fine powder. Pass through a sieve and then pound the pieces left in the sieve again and then sift again.
Natural Uses: Planted next to vegetables or fruiting plants galic helps in repelling insects. May also be added to water and chilli as a natural insecticide. Good for pest control in the garden, particularly aphids. Soak it with some hot chillies in water for two weeks, then strain it, and apply it as a spray. Can be planted as a companion plant with roses, cabbages, eggplants, tomatoes and fruit trees.
Culinary Uses: Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment. The garlic plant's bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. With the exception of the single clove types, garlic bulbs are normally divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. They have a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.
Other parts of the garlic plant are also edible. The leaves and flowers (bulbils) on the head (spathe) are sometimes eaten. They are milder in flavor than the bulbs,and are most often consumed while immature and still tender. Immature garlic is sometimes pulled, rather like a scallion, and sold as "green garlic
Medicinal Uses: It has been claimed that one raw clove a day guards against high blood pressure, heart disease and fungal and bacterial infections. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity (it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II) . In 2007, the BBC reported Allium sativum may have other beneficial properties, such as preventing and fighting the common cold. This assertion has the backing of long tradition in herbal medicine, which has used garlic for hoarseness and coughs.
Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity (it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II) . In 2007, the BBC reported Allium sativum may have other beneficial properties, such as preventing and fighting the common cold. This assertion has the backing of long tradition in herbal medicine, which has used garlic for hoarseness and coughs.
The Cherokee also used it as an expectorant for coughs and croup. Garlic is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels. Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush
Garlic is also claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer.
Garlic is used to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers (countries where garlic is consumed in higher amounts, because of traditional cuisine, have been found to have a lower prevalence of cancer).
Studies have also shown that garlic - especially aged garlic - can have a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants can help to protect the body against damaging free radicals. There are claims that fermented black garlic contains even higher antioxidant levels than normal cloves.
Ritual Uses: Garlic was was eaten on the festivals days to Hecate and it was left as a sacrifice to her name, placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at crossroads, as a supper for Hecate (Theophrastus, Characters, The Superstitious Man). A similar practice of hanging garlic, lemon and red chilli at the door or in a shop to ward off potential evil, is still very common in India. According to Pliny, garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths. The inhabitants of Pelusium, in lower Egypt (who worshiped the onion), are said to have had an aversion to both onions and garlic as food.Magickal Uses: protection, healing, exorcism, lust and anti theft
'Other' Uses: The sticky juice within the bulb cloves is used as an adhesive in mending glass and porcelain in China.
Warning Contraindications: Garlic is known for causing halitosis, as well as causing sweat to have a pungent 'garlicky' smell, which is caused by allyl methyl sulfide (AMS). AMS is a gas which is absorbed into the blood during the metabolism of garlic; from the blood it travels to the lungs (and from there to the mouth, causing bad breath) and skin, where it is exuded through skin pores. Studies have shown sipping milk at the same time as consuming garlic can significantly neutralize bad breath
Some people suffer from allergies to garlic and other plants in the allium family. Symptoms can include irritable bowel, diarrhea, mouth and throat ulcerations, nausea, breathing difficulties, and, in rare cases, anaphylaxis. Garlic-sensitive patients show positive tests to diallyl disulfide, allylpropyldisulfide, allylmercaptan and allicin, all of which are present in garlic. People who suffer from garlic allergies will often be sensitive to many plants in the lily family (Liliaceae), including onions, garlic, chives, leeks, shallots, garden lilies, ginger, and bananas.
Garlic can also cause indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrohea. It thins the blood (as does aspirin); this had caused very high quantities of garlic and garlic supplements to be linked with an increased risk of bleeding, particularly during pregnancy and after surgery and childbirth, although culinary quantities are safe for consumption.
Several reports of serious burns resulting from garlic being applied topically for various purposes, including naturopathic uses and acne treatment, indicate care must be taken for these uses, usually testing a small area of skin using a very low concentration of garlic. (on the basis of this it is not advised to apply garlic directly to the skin).
Garlic may interact with warfarin, antiplatelets, saquinavir, antihypertensives, calcium channel blockers, quinolone family of antibiotics such as Cipro,and hypoglycemic drugs, as well as other medications.
Members of the alium family might be toxic to cats or dogs.