13 Surprising Benefits of Garlic

Try garlic for these unexpected health benefits, who-knew beauty uses, and hidden home repairs.

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Grow beautiful hair with garlic.

Grow beautiful hair with garlic.iStock/Manuel Faba Ortega
Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss. Rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp, squeezing as you go for the most benefit. You can also infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp.

Garlic clears acne.

Garlic clears acne.iStock/PeopleImages
It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment.

Garlic prevents and treats colds.

Garlic prevents and treats colds.iStock/OJO_Images
Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose of garlic in your recipes could benefit your immune system. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste.

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Soothe psoriasis with garlic.

Soothe psoriasis with garlic.iStock/PeopleImages
Since garlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, it could be useful in relieving uncomfortable psoriasis outbreaks. Try rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected area for smooth, rash-free skin.

Control your weight with garlic.

Control your weight with garlic.iStock/ShotShare
Garlic could help you control your weight, according to nutritionist Cynthia Sass, who cites a study that showed mice eating a garlic-rich diet reduced their weight and fat stores. To take advantage of this benefit, try to cook with garlic daily.

Remove a splinter with garlic.

Remove a splinter with garlic.iStock/Leonardo Patrizi
Placing a slice of garlic over the sliver and covering it with a bandage or duct tape has been a folk cure for years. As natural remedies gain in popularity, current bloggers swear this one works.

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Treat athlete's foot with garlic.

Treat athlete's foot with garlic.iStock/Flemming Hansen
With its anti-fungal properties, some people swear that a benefit of garlic is its ability to relieve itchy athlete's foot. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water and crushed garlic.

Keep away mosquitoes with garlic.

Keep away mosquitoes with garlic.iStock/PitiyaO
Scientists aren't sure why, but mosquitoes don't seem to like garlic. One study in India found that people who rubbed a garlicky concoction on their arms and legs weren't bothered by the pesky buggers. Make a solution of garlic oil, petroleum jelly, and beeswax for a natural repellant or place cloves of garlic nearby.

Garlic conquers cold sores.

Garlic conquers cold sores.iStock/LuminaStock
A popular cold sore home remedy involves holding a bit of crushed garlic directly on the cold sore; its natural anti-inflammatory properties could help reduce pain and swelling. Garlic supplements may also speed up the healing process, according to ecosalon.com.

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Garlic works as a natural glue.

Garlic works as a natural glue.iStock/deyangeorgiev
Have you ever noticed how sticky your fingers get after chopping garlic? That natural adhesive quality is why some people use garlic to fix hairline cracks in glass. Crush some cloves and rub the juice on the crack, wiping away any excess.

De-ice your sidewalk with garlic.

De-ice your sidewalk with garlic.iStock/ShulteProductions
A town in Iowa used donated garlic salt to remove ice from roadways. Next time you stumble on old garlic salt in the back of your spice cabinet, save it for an icy walkway.

Protect plants with garlic.

Protect plants with garlic.iStock/PeopleImages
Garden pests don't like garlic, so make a natural pesticide using garlic, mineral oil, water, and liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your plants to keep away destructive critters.

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Catch more fish with garlic.

Catch more fish with garlic.iStock/ArtisticCaptures
Fish are so attracted to the scent of garlic that you can buy bait with the smell built in. Or, get this benefit by making your own using food scraps and, of course, plenty of cloves.

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31 thoughts on “13 Surprising Benefits of Garlic


  2. Garlic salt? Hello, it’s the salt in the garlic salt that is helping melting the ice.

  3. garlic is a potent neurotoxin destroys brain cells to say garlic has health benefits is equal for share holder in cement and brick factory to say war is good for you

    1. Garlic is not a neurotoxin, you dim wit. Botulism is. If you eat raw garlic it is fine but if you store any low acidic vegetable at room temperature without exposure to oxygen (such as in oil) then bacteria can grow in it.

    2. The neurotoxin is produced from Closridium species bacteriafrom which cooked garlic is succeptible…get your facts straight before you start talking…and by the way the neurotoxin is a chemical not a plant

    3. Please tell me how can I use it for my hair treatment ? Actually I want to know the process of using GARLIC .
      —- Product Development Officer
      Bristol Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      Dhaka , Bangladesh
      Contact: +8801717995960
      & mail: nippon660@gmail.com

  4. I Been dying from tooth headache I tried pills didnt work so my last option was showing garlic where it hurted I left it there and cover it with a cotton so it won’t spread all over in less than 20 mins the pain disappeared! I’m just concerned about my breath tomorrow helppppp!

    1. Your post is old but I still wanted to point out that cloves also work great for toothaches, in case someone suffering from it passes by.

    2. Please tell me HOW can I use it for my hair treatment ?

      1. rub it in you hair and into your scalp. simple, your skin will absorb it..

        get good quality garlic too, it works better if the garlic is good quality, its best if its ripe and excretes plenty of liquid, some garlic is low quality, worthless..

        ive used garlic to help get rid of colds, im using it to repair my skin (stops skin from drying out, toughens skin up, kills bacteria) makes skin shine!

        eating it strengthens my immune system.

        gets rid of infections.
        its a miracle food.
        to the people you thinks garlic is only good keeping vampires back, opens your eyes. garlic has health benefits but you are too stupid to see that.

  5. Sure. Rub Garlic on your head. You’re bound to win friends and influence people. But, It’s on the Internet, so it’s got to be true!

      1. I already get action of garlic it is very good for hair treatments.

    1. As much as I love garlic and would love to have longer, thicker hair, I would ever rub it on my head. Yikes. Sorry, ingestion only, please!

    1. It keeps away vampires…………….and everybody else, as well……………..

  6. The biggest reason I eat so much of it is that it helps remove arsenic from the body, which apparently many of us are getting poisoned with arsenic regularly in our chicken and rice.

  7. Use of garlic sounds as ideal awareness for those much scared about their hair loss.

    – A.R.Shams’s Reflection – Press & Online Publications – Moral Messages for Humanity Worldwide…

    1. Please tell me how can I use it for my hair treatment ? Actually I want to know the process of using GARLIC .

      —- Product Development Officer

      Bristol Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      Dhaka , Bangladesh
      Contact: +8801717995960
      & mail: nippon660@gmail.com

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