PART USED: Clove

CONTAINS: Volatile oil, vitamins A, B, C, fats, amino acids, mucilage, glucokinins, germanium

KEY USES: Antiseptic, digestive, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, decongestant, antioxidant, hypotensive, reduces cholesterol, vasodilator, hypoglycemic, cholagogue, antispasmodic

Garlic is an effective remedy against bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. Raw garlic when crushed releases allicin, which has been shown to be more powerfully antibiotic than penicillin and tetracycline.

Garlic can be used for sore throats, colds, flu, bronchial and lung infections, infections in the gut and to help re-establish beneficial bacterial population after an infection or orthodox antibiotic treatment. It is an effective remedy for worms as well as for candidiasis, and thrush in the mouth or vagina when used locally. Garlic improves digestion, relieves wind and distension, enhances absorption and assimilation of food.

It also enhances the production of insulin by the pancreas, making it an excellent remedy to lower blood sugar in diabetics.

Garlic acts as a decongestant. It is an excellent expectorant remedy for acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping cough and bronchial asthma, as well as sinusitis, chronic catarrh, hay fever and rhinitis. By causing sweating it helps resolve fevers. It can significantly lower blood cholesterol.

Garlic also reduces blood pressure and a tendency to clotting, thereby helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It opens up the blood vessels, increasing the flow of blood to the tissues, increasing the circulation, relieving cramps and circulatory disorders. Recent research has shown that garlic acts as a powerful antioxidant and its sulphur compounds have anti-tumour activities, while it is also said to protect the body against the effects of pollution and nicotine.

Anne runs a seasonal course in experiential herbalism at Trill Farm, using the herb gardens and hedgerows to teach the practical side of using herbs.