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12 Unusual Uses for Garlic

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12 Unusual Uses for Garlic


There’s so much more to garlic than cooking and vampire slaying. From treating cold sores and athlete’s foot to repelling mosquitoes and repairing glass, click through for some clever ways to use garlic.

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1. Maintain Good Health. With properties that are thought to help your heart and liver, boost your metabolism of iron, prevent cancer, and fight against bacteria and viruses, garlic is a vital component of a healthy diet. Try to eat one or two cloves every day!

2. Cure a Cold. For thousands of years, garlic has been known as a treatment for coughs and colds. And, while the science isn’t all there yet, limited research has suggested that garlic will help treat these wintertime ailments. Mince a clove of garlic and steep it in hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain out the garlic and drink. It’s a natural cough syrup! You can also try to eat 3 raw cloves a day around cold and flu season to prevent catching a bug.

3. Get Rid of Acne. Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it over the affected area. Done regularly, the antibacterial properties found in garlic cloves will help to clear up your complexion.

4. Treat Cold Sores. Like in treating acne, cut a clove of garlic in half and apply it directly to the sore. It might sting a little, but it’s been shown to work just as effectively as commercial treatments for getting rid of those unsightly sores.

5.  Treat Athlete’s Foot. If there’s anything garlic doesn’t like, it’s fungus, so treating your athlete’s foot with the stuff works wonders! Crush a couple of cloves and toss them in a foot bath filled with warm water. Soak for about half an hour.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014


4:11AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

I had a small bout of athletes foot the other week, used garlic, as suggested above, on it and i haven't had any itching since, i took a few days, but worked very well. i'm now going to wear flip-flops at the gym.

5:47AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

very useful tips

4:37AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

One's appearance can merely tell much

4:17AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

thanks for useful tips

8:28PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

So many people use garlic.

4:52AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014


11:24AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thanks for this good information.

4:36PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thanks for these tips.

9:13PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Gracias por la información.

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