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Healthy Herbs: Garlic

Garlic is an excellent herb for creating and maintaing overall health, but it also has some specific health uses not a lot of people know about.

Available in pills, capsules, liquid and actual raw forms, Garlic is one of the most popular healthy herbs of today. Many people don’t know however, that it’s a natural and extremely strong antibiotic. The most important part of Garlic is called allicin. This is a natural antibiotic that’s effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus.

Allicin is quite powerful as an antibiotic. In fact, it’s said that 1 milligram of Allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of Penicillin.

The more popular version of Garlic unfortunately tends to be the “odorless” pills and capsules found in health food stores. Allicin – the most important part of the Garlic – is what causes the odor though, so buying odorless garlic ends up being a waste of money. It doesn’t have much of an effect at all as an antibiotic or general health promotion herb if it doesn’t have it’s smell.

Garlic also has germanium in it – this is an anti-cancer agent and garlic has more of it than any other herb. In some lab tests, garlic was fed to a group of mice. Those that received the garlic showed no cancer development, but those who weren’t fed garlic showed at least some. And in some parts of the world in fact, garlic was shown to retard tumor growth in human subjects.

Garlic is a great herb for many other things too though. It helps regulate the body’s blood pressure for instance – so whether you have problems with low or high blood pressure, garlic can help equalize it.

Garlic also helps strengthen your body’s defenses against allergies; helps loosen plaque from the artery walls; helps regulate your blood sugar levels; and is the best choice for killing and expelling parasites such as pin worms from the human body.

In addition to having all these health benefits, like most herbs garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Some of these include protein, potassium, Vitamins A, B, B2 and C, Calcium, Zinc and many others.

Garlic is very cheap to buy at grocery stores, so that’s my preferred way of keeping it on hand. Here are a few ways I’ve used it in the past 10-15 years:

1. For sore throats: Put a small slice of garlic in your mouth and suck on it for 10-15 minutes. You can put it between your teeth and cheek, then scratch it with your teeth a little to help stimulate juice from the garlic slice. This juice slides down your throat and removes the pain.

2. For ear infections: Wrap a small piece of garlic in tissue, then insert into the ear. Leave there overnight if possible. Pain is almost immediately removed and the infection tends to start clearing up overnight, gone fully in just a few days.

NOTE: Statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA, and are not made by a licensed medical practitioner or physician.

Healthy Herbs: Echinacea

Echinacea is a well known and popular herb used widely today. It’s primarily used for colds and to reduce flu symptoms, and you’ll frequently find it mixed with other herbs because it’s a great infection fighter and natural antibiotic.

Echinacea is most effective in fighting glandular and lymphatic problems, which is why you’ll often find people using it when they have a bad head cold. Most don’t know specifically what Echinacea is best for, but they have learned that it works well with these conditions so they use it often.

Echinacea works really well when you feel a cold or flu-like symptoms coming on too. It doesn’t usually prevent you from catching the cold or flu, but it can drastically reduce the normal symptoms that accompany them. It can also reduce the amount of time you suffer from cold and flu symptoms.

Since it’s an excellent infection fighter, this herb works wonderfully for ear aches, strep throat or lymph gland problems. In fact, if Echinacea is used in combination with Goldenseal, Yarrow and Cayenne, you’ll end up with a fantastic infection fighting formula. That’s why you’ll often find Echinacea sold in combination with Golden Seal at health and herb stores.

If you have low blood sugar problems though, or hypoglycemia, don’t take the Echinacea and Golden Seal combinations. Golden Seal is a natural source of insulin, so it can be dangerous for hypoglycemics. Instead try to find Echinacea mixed with Myrrh, or buy the two separately and create your infection fighting herbal combination.

Echinacea is also thought to be one of the best herbs for using to help with enlargement or weakness of the prostrate gland, and it can be used in combination with an herb called Chickweed to help with losing weight.

Many people don’t know it, but you can create a tea or rinse with Echinacea to use as a gargle. This works particularly well for strep throat, and it also helps with tonsilitis, mouth sores and sore gums.

It also works wonderfully in salve form for helping with eczema, insect bites and stings, general skin problems and wounds. Just open a gel capsule of Echinacea – make sure it’s a powdered or ground form of Echinacea and not some hard pill which has many other additives in it – dump the powder onto a small dish of some kind, then mix all natural aloe vera juice or natural petroleum jelly with it. This will make a paste, or salve type of ointment that can be applied externally as needed.

NOTE: Statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA, and are not made by a licensed medical practitioner or physician.