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15 Reasons to Grow Garlic

Garlic is a plant many people choose to grow in their garden. It’s not so difficult to grow, and it doesn’t require a huge amount of care. Garlic is a great plant with many different health and household uses beyond mere cooking.

It’s true some people don’t like garlic because of its characteristic smell. However, this smell is also able to repel mosquitoes. Garlic as a plant can be used in many different ways, and it benefits your health: it improved immunity, it acts as an antibiotic (it kill bacteria, fungus, mold, even viruses), and it heals cold sores. This plant is a great natural cure for many problems, so there are many reasons why you might want to grow it in your garden.

Here are 15 interesting (and unusual) alternative uses for garlic:

1. Pesticide

Did you know that garlic is a powerful pesticide? There are many pests you can get rid of using garlic, such as whiteflies, aphids, cabbage loopers and squash bugs. These pests are common in many gardens so it’s important to have a good pesticide. At the same time, you need something organic and eco-friendly. To prepare a garlic pesticide, mince three garlic cloves and mix them with two tablespoons of mineral oil. Leave for 24 hours. After this, strain out the garlic and add the oil and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap to a pint of water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and use it to treat the infected plants.

2. Acne Treatment

Garlic is a great treatment for acne. Slice open a clove of fresh garlic and apply it to acne. It’s particularly great for breakouts so you can stop the acne being developed. Admittedly, your skin will smell badly, but it’s worth it. Garlic has strong anti-bacterial properties, which will help minimize the acne. It can even minimize those deep acne cysts that are difficult to treat.

3. Mosquito Repellent

Garlic is an excellent mosquito repellent. If you don’t mind smelly skin, you can use a handy garlic spray to repel mosquitos. It’s particularly good because commercial products contain bad chemicals you don’t want on your skin or the air in your home. To make a mosquito repellent, use a few minced cloves mixed with an ounce of mineral oil. Leave the mixture sit for 24 hours and then add 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pour into a spray bottle to make a handy mosquito repellent spray.

4. Treatment for Cold Sores

Raw garlic can help you treat cold sores. It may seem strong against the skin at first, but you’ll get used to it. To make a homemade cure, cut a garlic clove in half and put it on the cold sore for about 10 minutes, a few times a day.

5. Repairing Glass

Believe it or not, garlic juice can serve as a natural adhesive. You can’t really use it for major projects, but it can help you fill in hairline cracks in glass. To make an adhesive, crush a clove of garlic and rub its sticky juice into the cracks. Make sure to wipe avay all the excess juice.

6. Weight Loss

Garlic has excellent weight loss properties. There are certain compounds found in garlic, which send your brain signals of satiety. This can help you feel full faster, thus minimizing the amount of food you eat. In addition to this, garlic boosts your metabolic functions, which helps you burn more calories.

7. Ear Infections

Garlic has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for ear infection. It can kill bacteria causing the infection, so it’s very effective. To make the remedy, crush a clove of garlic with a press. Place it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Drip a few drops into the ear canal.

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8. Athlete’s Foot Treatment

Since garlic is a natural anti-fungal, you can use it to treat athlete’s foot and other similar infections. To make this remedy, add a few cloves of crushed garlic to warm water and use it as a foot bath. Keep the foot in water for about 30 minutes.

9. Splinter Removal

Splinters are very painful to remove, and they can often slice too far into the skin to pull out. You can wait for it to come out in its own, or you can use garlic. Place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter and hold it in place with a bandage. The garlic will help the splinter get out of the skin in a few hours.

10. Skin Cleanser

Garlic is an excellent skin cleanser, so you can use it to tighten and exfoliate your skin. It will burn a little, but it does pay off. You can make a special paste using mined garlic, olive oil, regular facial cleanser and sugar. Massage this paste into skin and rinse.

11. Treating Yeast Infections

Garlic can do wonders to prevent yeast infections in women. To use this remedy, take raw, peeled garlic cloves and tie them in a strip of cheesecloth. Insert with a tampon applicator. Garlic has anti-fungal properties so it will help you treat a yeast infection.

12. Gas Prevention

Since it’s high in sulfur, garlic can make gas in some people. Many of people, however, report that eating garlic actually prevents gas. To get the best results, you should consume it on a regular basis to maintain intestinal health. Garlic can kill harmful bacteria and promote the growth of beneficial flora.

13. Psoriasis Remedy

Garlic can help ease many symptoms of psoriasis, including tightness and itching. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent plant for an herbal remedy against psoriasis. You may also rub garlic oil on affected areas 1-2 times per day.

14. Fish bait

Fish adore garlic and this is why it can be used as an excellent fish bait. It attracts numerous fish species. Many fishermen add garlic to their usual baits to make them even more attractive to fish.

15. Aphrodisiac

While garlic doesn’t sound like a great aphrodisiac, since its smell is not what most people would consider attractive, it’s actually a great libido booster. Eat garlic to boost your sexual desire. Garlic has been used as a powerful aphrodisiac for centuries, so you might find out that it can work wonders on you, too.
These are just some of the reasons why growing garlic in your own garden can prove to be very useful in more ways than you probably imagine.

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