Garlic has been used to ward off evil in virtually every tradition leading back to the ancient Egyptians, who ate a daily ration to ward off illness thought to be caused by evil spirits. European folklore thought garlic to keep away “ the touch of Satan” which was later known as a pesky mosquito bite.
Early Greek midwives kept ropes of garlic in birthing rooms to keep evil spirits away which were thought to be the cause of infant and maternal death, and eventually it became the norm in Mediterranean countries to hang garlic to keep away illness thought to be caused by evil spirits.
The most popular of these myths is from European tradition, in which garlic was used to ward off vampires and werewolves.
This Halloween, here are 6 ways garlic can protect you aside from warding off things that go bump in the night!
- Ear Infections
Garic has been shown to perform as good as or better than pharmaceuticals in treating ear infections. You can buy garlic ear oil at any health food store or grocer, or make your own at home.
- Gum Disease and Gingivitis
Antimicrobial activity of garlic had been shown to inhibit the bacteria that cause gum disease.
- Heart Health
Garlic has been shown to protect against heart attack and arrhythmias.
- Learning and Memory
Studies indicate that antioxidant properties of both raw and cooked garlic improves both learning and memory.
- Hair Growth
You’ll keep more than vampires away by rubbing garlic on your hair, but one double blind study showed that a topical garlic gel significantly imrpved hair growth.
- Gastrointestinal Ulcers
Garlic can heal the gut lining and mitigate H Pyloir which is associated with gastric ulcers.