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Published February 28th 2013
Garlic is great - as long as you don't mind the smell
Garlic has been used for cooking and medicinal purposes for over seven thousand years. Love it or hate it, garlic can be added to many dishes to enhance the flavour, but garlic has many more uses than cooking and warding off Vampires.
1. Cold Sores. Cut a clove of garlic in half and apply directly to the cold sore several times a day.
2. Acne. To treat acne, cut a clove of garlic in half and apply directly to the breakout area. It might sting a little and your skin won't smell particularly nice, but the antibacterial properties in garlic will help to clear up your skin.
3. Athlete's Foot. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal, so it's handy for treating fungal infections like Athlete's Foot. Crush a couple of cloves of garlic and add to warm water in a foot bath or large bowl. Soak your feet in the solution for about thirty minutes.
4. Ear Infections. According to folklore, garlic can kill the bacteria that causes ear infections. Crush a clove of garlic and put it into a teaspoon full of hot oil. Leave for five minutes then strain and allow to cool. Drip a few drops of oil into your ear canal. Be careful with this one as your ears are very sensitive and can easily be damaged.
5. Sore Throats and Coughs. Garlic can ease inflammation in the throat and clear up excess mucus. Mince up some garlic cloves and soak them in hot water. Leave for about five minutes then strain and drink the liquid as a tea.
6. Cold and Flu Prevention. Eating at least two cloves of raw garlic every day can help you to maintain good health and prevent you from picking up a nasty cold or flu bug.
7. Hair Loss. According to folklore, massaging garlic oil into the scalp stimulates hair growth.
8. Pesticide. Make an all natural garlic spray to ward off bugs in the garden. Mince three cloves of garlic, add them to two tablespoons of mineral oil and leave for twenty-four hours. Strain the liquid and add it to a teaspoon of liquid soap and a litre of water. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray around your plants and garden area.
9. Mosquito Repellent. Mince up a few cloves of garlic and add to a tablespoon of mineral oil. Leave for twenty-four hours, strain and add to two cups of water and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Put into a spray bottle.
10. Glue. Garlic is a natural adhesive. You can use the sticky juice from a crushed garlic clove to stick things like paper, craft projects and glass.
These are just a few unusual uses for Garlic, and there are many more. Remember to be careful when applying to skin, especially if your skin is sensitive.