Plants and Health

Garlic: benefits and virtues


Garlic or allium sativum is a perennial plant with bulb 30 to 40 cm high whose nutritional properties, benefits and virtues are appreciated.

It is eaten both raw and cooked, in whole or chopped pod and it has the particularity of keeping for a long time.

  • Vegetable garden: planting, growing and harvesting garlic
  • Kitchen: recipes with garlic

Garlic: for the record

Originally from Central Asia, garlic is arguably one of the oldest condiments known.

Known for millennia, it quickly spread around the Mediterranean basin. Food, condiment and medicinal virtues ... They were praised by all peoples.

The Alumni recognized two essential qualities in him: that of being a powerful tonic and that of being a plague remedy.

Its low caloric intake and its many nutritional benefits make it an ideal ally for our health.

Garlic and its health benefits

Garlic is an essential ally for your health. It reduces high blood pressure, lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and helps lower cholesterol levels.

  • Garlic acts on arterioles and cardiac contractility: it is recognized as having remarkable properties hypotensive. It stimulates the heart, facilitates circulation and thins the blood. Garlic extract is also used in the manufacture of modern medicines for blood pressure. Garlic is recommended to lower the rate of cholesterol and against arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). As a preventive measure, it is also effective against diseases cardiovascular.
  • Thanks to its virtues antiseptics, bactericidal and expectorants, garlic is effective against contagious diseases. It is also an excellent cure for bronchitis, flu and seasonal respiratory infections.
  • Garlic acts on digestive organs like a antiseptic: destruction of pathogenic flora and fight against diarrhea by its spasmolytic action.
  • Garlic helps reduce blood sugar.
  • It is also an excellent vermifuge (against pinworms and roundworms).
  • Finally, Chinese studies also show that the cancer rate is significantly lower in people who consume garlic daily (20 g per day), compared to those who consume it only occasionally.

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  • Internal use: you can use fresh, powdered garlic, capsules or tablets and pearls with oil. In addition to its use raw or cooked in cooking, garlic can be used to relieve ...

Garlic decoction: 2 or 3 crushed pods, boiled in a glass of water or milk. As hypotensive (which decreases the pressure in the arteries).

Plant treatment : garlic decoction recipe

Garlic syrup: boil 50 g of garlic in a glass of water. Filter, add 50 g of sugar. Consume 2 or 3 spoons per day. Against the respiratory infections.

Garlic alcohol: crush a pound of garlic and extract the juice. Add to this juice the same amount of alcohol at 40% vol. Consume a teaspoon 2 or 3 times a day for 10 days a month. As antiseptic.

  • External use: garlic has virtues rubefacient and vesicants, which give it its effectiveness when used as a poultice for example or against corns.

Garlic poultice: crushed garlic with mustard against neuralgia. But: it smells very strong!

Garlic oil or ointment: crushed garlic, added twice its weight of camphor oil or lard (Ex: for 10g of crushed garlic, add 20g of oil or Saintdoux). Against the rheumatism, arthritis, pain in the spine.

Garlic plaster: a slice of garlic against the horns, the calluses and the warts.

Enema: vermifuge with a decoction of garlic in milk.
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Grow garlic

It is mandatory: garlic needs Sun and of heat. For the soil: a neutral pH, light, which dries well after the rain, little humus nor too stony.

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Trick

Garlic enjoys the company of strawberries, potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes. But he doesn't like peas, beans and beans. Keep him away from them.
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  • Vegetable garden: planting, growing and harvesting garlic

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Beware of little animals!

The stems and leaves are attacked by the green caterpillar of the garlic moth. If this happens to you, cut off the affected parts and pull up the most affected plants. Watch out for rot.
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Species and varieties of garlic

In the official French catalog, you will find 23 varieties of garlic. For cultivation, use only certified plant, virus free.

You will recognize it by its blue label attached to the seed bags.

For the fall varieties, you will ideally plant Germidour, Messidrôme or even Thermidrôme.

For planting in spring or fall, prefer Printanor or Fructidor.

Garlic in the kitchen

We use garlic as a condiment: raw pods season raw vegetables and sauces, cooked pods flavor the legs and stews of mutton, roast pork, stuffing and fish.

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Gourmet idea:

Have you ever tried garlic puree? Boil a head of garlic for 20 minutes in ½ l of water, a tablespoon of olive oil, two pinches of salt and you're done! A treat spread on toasted sandwiches as an aperitif.
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Nutritional intake

131 kcal / 100 g. Garlic, very energetic, contains only 64% water. It contains vitamins C, A, B1, and B6 as well as trace elements (selenium, iodine, silicon, cobalt).

Finally, garlic is rich in potassium.

Blandine Merlin

Video: THE CURE OF THE TIBETAN GARLIC. An ancient Buddhist recipe, really healthy. (October 2020).