Garlic is an important medicinal herb that is available in all places, like a number of the other herbs mentioned on these pages. It is one if not the safest herbs, and as such can be taken often.
Scientifically-proven garlic has medicinal properties. A substance called Allicin, is found with it, that has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin. Considerably cooked garlic weakens the anti-bacterial effects, so don't count on cooked garlic with meals for much in the way of a healing.
Garlic appears to have anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties. The list is long when it comes to its makes use of as a treatment. This list includes wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu, athlete's foot, some viruses, strep, worms, respiratory illnesses, hypertension, blood thinning, cancer of the stomach, colic, colds, kidney issues, bladder issues, & ear aches, to name a few. It is believed to cure worms in both people & animals - try giving the dog a clove of garlic every day. But the problem won't like it.
Make a cough syrup out of garlic for cough, flu, & respiratory illnesses. Boil a one pound slice of fresh garlic with quart water. Sit for 12 hours, add sugar until you reach the consistency of a syrup. Add honey for better taste, if desired.
For other internal issues, eating garlic raw is probably the most potent way to take it. But, because of bad odors associated with this, a tincture can be made by soaking 1/4 pound of peeled & separated garlic cloves in 1/2 quart of brandy. Seal tightly & shake every day. Strain & bottle after weeks of this, & take in drops - 25-30 a day, if desired.
In sore throat problem, make a garlic tea by steeping several cloves of garlic in half a cup of water overnight.
Externally, garlic is a known anti-bacterial & anti-infection agent. An fascinating use for ear aches is to slice a garlic clove, heat briefly in a little amount of virgin olive oil, & let cold. Then use a drop of in the affected ear.
An Ointment out of garlic from cloves in lieu of leaves, stems, or flowers as described in Ointments, for wounds, cuts, athlete's foot, or any other outside skin irritation, fungus, or infection. Try also a few drops of Oil on a toothache for pain relief.
Garlic is best for treatment and remedies but its draw back is the strong odor associated with that you might get.