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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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3:22AM PDT on Jun 13, 2015

I didn't know a few of these. Thanks for the info.

1:09AM PDT on May 11, 2015

6. Makes you smell like someone died in your mouth. ;)

10:10AM PST on Jan 2, 2015

Thanks

2:14PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕ Awesome article!

9:12PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

13. It repels vampires

5:19AM PST on Nov 20, 2014

Nice to know.

12:59AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks

10:33AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

Thanks

2:53AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Interesting the different uses for Garlic I love mostly eating them,

9:47AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Thanks for VERY interesting article

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