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Garlic For Good Health

In addition to cooking, garlic has been used throughout history in the home and for medicinal purposes.

Garlic cloves can be purchased from the market, or you can grow your own garlic fairly easily with proper soil and moisture conditions. It can be grown inside or outdoors, though gardening experts say not to plant garlic in the same area outside for two years in a row or it may promote plants to have disease issues.

Garlic has many practical uses around the house and garden. It can be used instead of chemicals to keep away outdoor insects or ones residing in indoor plants.

Recipes like the ones from SafePestRemoval are simple concoctions to naturally deter pests. Using a mixture of garlic cloves, oil, hot water and a small amount of dish liquid sprayed onto plants and leaves will eliminate re-hatching eggs, too.

Many report garlic as a powerful detox agent, and it can be used in food preparation or as a potent home remedy for colds. It is also an anti-fungal and wards off dangerous micro-organisms. Antibiotics that contain chemical compounds can kill all bacteria, including the ones that the body needs to fight off infections. Garlic works as a broad spectrum antibiotic, meaning it can kill gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

Bacteria are determined to be gram-positive or gram-negative due to their characteristics when stained and looked at under a microscope. As discovered by microbiologist Hans C. J. Gram, the cell walls of bacteria will take on specific features once stained. Gram-positive bacteria keep their stain more when alcohol is added. Gram-negative are a common type of disease-causing bacteria, usually found in the gastrointestinal tract (Dix, K). Garlic encourages the production of the healthy type of bacteria as well as targets the harmful variety.

Though a complimentary addition to many dishes, garlic goes beyond culinary use and like many things provided by nature, works in many other areas. It is a versatile addition to the garden or added to the grocery list.

Homemade Tonic for Cold and Flu. October, 2011. Retrieved from: littlebitbetter.org Dix, K. December, 2005.
Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria: Beating the Invisible Bugs. Retrieved from: surgistrategies.com

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