Expectorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, carminative, vermifuge, stomachic, antispasmodic, rubefacient, and intestinal antiseptic qualities have been attributed to garlic. It can be useful in fevers arid colds, lung ailments, intestinal disorders, and general health maintainence. At the onset of a cold, you can chew up two or three cloves of garlic and possibly support symptoms. Studies have shown garlic can help lower serum cholesterol and helps reduce high blood pressure, lessening the chance of heart health issues and hardening of the arteries. And to quote a bumper sticker, "Fight mouthwash - eat garlic."
The major components of garlic oil are allicin, allypropyl disulfide, diallyl disulfide, and diallyl trisulfide. The oil has been reported to have antifungicidal and antibacterial qualities.
A highly nutritious herb, garlic abounds in fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, and especially vitamin A.
General Herb Information
Allium sativum is perhaps the most popular and pungent herb of world cuisines. This perennial close relative of onions is thought to have originated in central Asia, though it has been in cultivation throughout the world for so long it is nearly impossible to establish its point of origin.
Garlic has four or more flat, grayish-green leaves about one foot long and one-half inch wide. The flower stipe may reach three feet in height. Globular clusters of white flowers unfold from a papery beak-like envelope; bulbels - miniature seed bulbs - may develop in place of flowers. If planted in early spring, flowers emerge in midsummer. The root is a fleshy bulb, one or two inches broad. A thin white sheathing encases five or more pointed oblong cloves. Several varieties are grown commercially. In central California `early' garlic is planted in the fall and harvested the following May or June. The bulbs are large and flat; the delectable cloves are enclosed in white sheathing. 'Late' garlic is planted soon after the 'early' harvest and has medium-sized cloves with light pink to reddish sheathing. The whole bulb is covered with a thin white skin. 'Late' has a longer shelf life than 'early'. 'Creole' is a hardy variety with small red-skinned cloves.
Garlic can be grown from seed, nursery sets (bulbels), or by planting individual cloves. Cloves are perhaps the most convenient form to plant. The outer cloves will generally produce superior plants. Place them points up in one-inch-deep holes at six-inch spacings. Fall plantings can be made in the Deep South and on the West Coast where the ground does not freeze in winter. In other regions, garlic can be planted as soon as the ground thaws.
A moist, sandy soil, moderately rich in humus, is perfect for garlic culture. Full sun is essential, and slightly alkaline soil is best. Garlic plants take very little space and can be planted throughout the garden among other herbs and vegetables. As a companion plant, garlic will help keep away cabbage moths, Japanese beetles, and aphids. Aphids can be controlled with a garlic spray made by blending a handful of unpeeled cloves with three cups of water. Strain and spray on affected plants, being sure to cover undersides of leaves and stems. Repeat as necessary until the vermin travel to more fragrant shores.
Harvest garlic when the leaves turn brown and die down. Shake off loose dirt and cut off stringy rootlets. Let the bulbs dry for a day or two then bring them in to braid. Soak the tops in water for about an hour or until pliable. Braid the leaves tightly together, adding another bunch with each twist, and knot at the top. Hang in the kitchen and remove cloves as needed.
Garlic is a most versatile culinary herb. However, there are two schools of thought when it comes to garlic breath - emphatic fans and equally energetic disdainers. The Lovers of the Stinking Rose, a garlic fan club, have a supportive for garlic breath - socializing with other garlic lovers. The fresh cloves can be used with an endless variety of meats, vegetables, soups, sauces, and salad dressings.
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Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Do not use in combination with blood-thinning drugs without professional medical advice.
Gastrointestinal disturbance may occur in sensitive people.
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