Veterinarian Reviewed on June 8, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Garlic Bulb (Allium sativum)
Garlic Bulb has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years throughout many different cultures. The most common use of the Garlic Bulb is in the form of an ingredient for seasoning in preparing dishes due to its rather pungent smell. It is also considered to be a very important component for cooking in most parts of Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe and as well as some parts of the Americas. Depending on the intensity of the aroma required for the dishes, Garlic Bulb is usually paired with onion, ginger or even tomatoes. The skin of the bulb is taken off before using it in the preparation of meals. It is often let out of its skin by cutting out one edge of the bulb and then squeezing it out by pushing it through from the other end. This method though needs a little bit of roasting to make the skin separate from the body.
History of the Garlic Bulb
Garlic Bulbs have been an important food ingredient as well as a medicinal herb throughout known civilization. It was either used in its raw form or it was cooked. Garlic Bulbs have also been used in the form of oils as well. The leaves of the Garlic Bulb were also eaten as a popular vegetable in and around Asia. Apart from its food value, the Garlic Bulb is of immense medicinal value as well. Garlic Bulbs, or Allium sativum, have been useful for treating a huge variety of diseases, such as ringworm, Candida and vaginitis when it is fungicidal. It has shown many properties such as antiseptic, non toxic, parasiticidal, as well as many other benefits.
Ancient Uses of the Garlic Bulb
The Garlic Bulb is a member of the same group from which the Onion comes, and it is somewhat difficult to know the exact origin of this plant, suffice it to say that it has been cultivated in almost all parts of the world. Some studies however suggest that the plant first originated from the southwestern parts of Siberia and later inhabited the southern parts of Europe, before becoming rather widespread. The Garlic Bulb has been historically used in the form of an herbal antiseptic, and due to these strong antiseptic properties it was known to prevent conditions such as gangrene occurring from wounds. It was also used for fighting off Colds and flu.
Modern Uses of the Garlic Bulb
Apart from being a good antiseptic, Garlic cloves are also known to reduce menstrual pain, high blood pressure, sinusitis, Crohn’s disease, gastro-intestinal problems, fungal and bacterial infections, as well as atherosclerosis. Its other uses include relief from bronchitis, whooping cough, breathing difficulties, lung disorders, as well as asthma. Some studies also suggest that the Garlic Bulb is useful as an herbal cancer remedy as it helps to reduce tumors, mainly the intestinal colon cancers. It improves the immune system naturally, works as an anti aging antioxidant and helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Side Effects of the Garlic Bulb
Some people say that Garlic Bulb is medicinally useful only in the form of the clove and not taken as a capsule. No other side effects are known apart from the strong smell. The usage of Garlic Bulb along with warfarin should be avoided as it may show some adverse affects.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan