13 Surprising Garlic Benefits That Will Improve Your Life
Try garlic for these unexpected health benefits, who-knew beauty uses, and hidden home repairs.
Grow beautiful hair with garlic
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Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss, according to a study in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology. (These are the 7 reasons your hair might be falling out.) Rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp, squeezing as you go for the most benefit. You can also infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp. In addition to preventing hair loss, using garlic like this also acts as one of the most effective dandruff remedies out there.
Garlic clears acne
It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment. Don’t miss these 13 surprising home remedies for acne.
Garlic prevents and treats colds
Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose of garlic in your recipes could benefit your immune system, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Immunology Research. (These are the things doctors and nurses to do stop a cold in its tracks.)
Soothe psoriasis with garlic
One of the most surprising garlic benefits is that it can improve your skin. Since garlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, it could be useful in relieving uncomfortable psoriasis outbreaks. Try rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected area for smooth, rash-free skin. These are 10 home remedies for eczema and psoriasis.
Control your weight with garlic
Garlic could help you control your weight, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition that showed mice eating a garlic-rich diet reduced their weight and fat stores. (If you don’t like garlic, explore more ways to lose weight without a lick of exercise.) To take advantage of this benefit, try to cook with garlic daily.
Remove a splinter with garlic
Placing a slice of garlic over the sliver and covering it with a bandage or duct tape has been a folk cure for years. As natural remedies gain in popularity, current bloggers swear this one works.
Treat athlete’s foot with garlic
With its anti-fungal properties, some research suggests that garlic may help relieve itchy athlete’s foot. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water and crushed garlic.
Keep away mosquitoes with garlic
Scientists aren’t sure why, but mosquitoes don’t seem to like garlic. One older study from India found that people who rubbed a garlicky concoction on their arms and legs weren’t bothered by the pesky buggers. On the other hand, here’s why certain people attract mosquitoes. Make a solution of garlic oil, petroleum jelly, and beeswax for a natural repellant or place cloves of garlic nearby.
Garlic conquers cold sores
Garlic benefits the entire body, including the mouth. A popular cold sore home remedy involves holding a bit of crushed garlic directly on the cold sore; its natural anti-viral properties could help reduce pain and swelling, according to a 2014 study in Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine.
Garlic works as a natural glue
Garlic benefits your body as well as your life. Have you ever noticed how sticky your fingers get after chopping garlic? That natural adhesive quality is why some people use garlic to fix hairline cracks in glass. Crush some cloves and rub the juice on the crack, wiping away any excess.
De-ice your sidewalk with garlic
A town in Iowa used donated garlic salt to remove ice from roadways. Next time you stumble on old garlic salt in the back of your spice cabinet, save it for an icy walkway. While you’re at it, here’s how to clean snow from your car quickly.
Protect plants with garlic
Garden pests don’t like garlic, so make a natural pesticide using garlic essential oil, mineral oil, water, and liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your plants to keep away destructive critters.
Catch more fish with garlic
Garlic benefits your fishing expeditions, too. Fish are so attracted to the scent of garlic that you can buy bait with the smell built in. Or, get this benefit by making your own using food scraps and, of course, plenty of cloves.
- Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine. “Garlic: A Review of Potential Therapeutic Effects.”
- Colorado State University. “Nutrition Column – Garlic May Repel Pests as Well as People.”
- Dermatology Reports. “Garlic in Dermatology.”
- Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology. “Combination of Topical Garlic Gel and Betamethasone Valerate Cream in the Treatment of Localized Alopecia Areata: A Double-blind Randomized Controlled Study.”
- Journal of Immunology Research. “Immunomodulation and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Garlic Compounds.”
- Mental Floss. “15 Hilariously Effective Baits Used by Fishermen.”
- Myoceses. “Efficacy of Ajoene, an Organosulphur Derived from Garlic, in the Short-term Therapy of Tinea Pedis.”
- NPR. “Facing Ice, Snow, Iowa Town Looks To … Garlic Salt.”
- Scientific Reports. “Insecticidal Activity of Garlic Essential Oil and Their Constituents Against the Mealworm Beetle, Tenebrio Molitor Linnaeus (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).”
- The Journal of Nutrition. “Reduction of Body Weight by Dietary Garlic Is Associated with an Increase in Uncoupling Protein mRNA Expression and Activation of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.”
- World Intellectual Property Organization. “Natural Adhesive Using Garlic and Fabricating Method of the Same.”