Garlic: 8 Natural Remedies

Cloves of garlic sitting on a wooden surface.

Garlic can be used as a treatment to help bring relief from many common ailments. (Image: Kjokkenutstyr Net via Flickr)

Garlic is one of the most popular condiments in making delicious dishes, and it is a good source of nutrients. But did you know that it is also an excellent natural treatment for ailments? 

Try these 8 natural remedies for garlic

1. Relieve headaches 

Many people suffer from headaches due to long working hours and stress. Garlic contains ingredients that can stimulate the nerves in the ears and relieve headaches. 

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Instructions: Wash and peel the garlic, slice it and place it on the auricle (outer part of the ear) like earphones for 10 minutes. This should effectively reduce your headache. 

2. Alleviate ear pain 

Inflammation inside the ears is painful. Garlic has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects and can treat ear pain. 

Instructions: Prepare the same way as to relieve headaches. Plugging the ears with garlic can quickly ease the discomfort caused by ear inflammation. 

Man with an earache holding his left ear.
Plugging the ears with garlic can bring relief from the discomfort caused by ear inflammation. (Image: Aleksej Sarifulin via Dreamstime)

3. Reduce fever 

The fever from a cold is generally caused by a bacterial infection. Garlic is a natural anti-fever medicine that can reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. 

Instructions: Mash into a paste, add some vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and mix it evenly. Apply the paste to your ears and thighs. The symptoms of a cold and fever should lessen after half an hour. 

4. Treat a cough 

Many conditions can cause coughing, and a viral infection is one of them. Garlic contains allicin, which has a strong antiviral effect. 

Instructions: Peel, wash, and cut into pieces that can fit in the ear. Wait for half an hour before taking it out. This should relieve your cough. 

Note: Place on the surface area of the auricle, the part of the ear on the outside of the head. 

5. Relieve toothache 

Instructions: Peel off the skin and cut off both ends. Mash into a paste and stuff it into the cavity. It should take effect in just a few minutes! 

Blonde woman holding the right side of her face as though she has a toothache.
Garlic can be mashed into a paste and used to relieve a toothache. (Image: Syda Productions via Dreamstime)

You can chew on some peanuts or drink a glass of milk to get rid of the acidic taste. 

6. Treat acne 

The active ingredients in garlic can be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and clean the skin. It works well on acne-prone skin. 

Instructions: Cut the clove in half, rub it gently on the acne, and you will see the results in a few days. 

7. Prevent frostbite 

Instructions: Use a sterilized gauze pad to keep the garlic on the skin. Change it every other day for a week to prevent frostbite. 

8. Thicken eyebrows 

Some people have sparse eyebrows. 

Tips for this:  Cut two slices of fresh garlic and use them to rub the eyebrows. Doing that twice a day and before going to bed will yield the best results. 

Your eyebrows will grow thicker and darker after a period of time.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translated by Elaine

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