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Garlic, who knew that it could be used for more than just flavoring food? This question, in fact this whole series has me wondering how many items I’ve purchased over the years that could have been avoided if I only knew my grandmother’s secrets. Our generation seems to have been sucked into some kind of marketing vortex. Manufacturers and advertisers telling us that their products will make us more beautiful, make our lives easier, save us time and money, and so on. Really? Are we that gullible?
Many of the products on the market today have a list of ingredients that would take a linguistics expert to read and a chemist to explain. Yet we happily lay down our hard earned money because we blindly believe their claims. I am by no means a “naturalist” or have ever considered myself to be, but this series has really opened my eyes. It makes sense to me that all of the natural or pure products in this series are healthier for us. They are also considerably cheaper than their manufactured counterparts and have more than one use.
Always consult a doctor before using garlic as a treatment.
- Athlete’s Feet – to treat, crush up a couple of cloves of
garlic and add it to warm water. Soak your feet for 30 minutes.
- Colds – to cure, mince a clove of garlic and steep it in hot
water for 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
- Colds and Flus – to prevent, during cold and flu season eat
3 raw cloves of garlic everyday.
- Cold Sores – to cure, cut a clove in half and apply it to
- Corns – to remove, rub the corn with a cut piece of garlic.
Cover the corn with a bandage and leave on overnight. Repeat these steps daily until the corn is softened and can be easily removed.
- Coughs – to cure, mince a clove of garlic and steep it in hot
water for 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
- Ear Infections – to treat, mix a clove of crushed garlic in 1
teaspoon of hot olive oil. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then place a few drops
in the affected ear. Flush with peroxide.
- Splinters – to remove, place a thin slice of garlic over the
splinter and cover with a bandage. Allow it to remain on the splinter over
night. The next day the splinter will have worked itself out.
- Toothaches – to soothe, rub the tooth and gums with the cut
edge of a piece of cut garlic. Repeat as needed.
- Warts – to remove, rub the wart with a cut piece of garlic.
Cover the wart with a bandage and leave on overnight. Repeat these steps daily and
the wart will fall off in 2-6 weeks.
- Yeast Infections – to cure, tie raw, peeled, whole garlic cloves in
a piece of cheesecloth and insert in affected area
- Acne – to cure, cut a clove in half and rub it over the
- Complexion – to clear, cut a clove in half and rub it over
- Hair – to prevent loss, massage the scalp with the liquid
- Skin – to exfoliate, make a paste using minced garlic, olive oil and sugar. Massage into the skin in a circular motion, then rinse.
- Skin – to tighten, cut a clove in half and rub it on
- Disinfectant – to make your own, chop 4-5 cloves
of garlic and place them in a 32-ounce spray bottle then fill with white
- Fish Bait – to attract fish, coat a small piece of bread
with garlic. Roll the bread into a small ball and place on fish hook.
- Mosquitoes – to repel, cut a clove in half and rub it on
- Mosquitoes – to repel, chop garlic and place in areas where
mosquitoes are a problem.
- Pesticide – to make your own, place 1-2 cloves of
chopped garlic in a small jar. Cover the cloves with boiling water and cover. Allow
it to sit overnight, then strain. Mix the garlic water and 1-2 tablespoons of
dish soap in 1 quart of water. Pour into a spray bottle.
- Glass – to repair hairline cracks and keep them from getting
worse, rub the juice from crushed garlic on the area then wipe clean.
- Paper adhesive – to make your own, use the juice from
** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980’s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.