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Garlic : Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   25-Nov-2020

Garlic, a well-known spice for its extraordinary medicinal qualities and pungent smell, is also known as Rasona as per Ayurveda. Enriched in sulfur, garlic holds many health benefits.

From skin disorders to plague formation, garlic is a remedy for all. Garlic manages obesity and helps in reducing weight by enhancing body metabolism. Extremely good for the heart, garlic also reduces the level of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and combat the heart attack with its lipid-lowering property. Antioxidants in the garlic also broaden the blood vessels hence keeping the blood pressure normal.

Boosting the immunity and preventing the body from fighting against various diseases, garlic is a quick remedy for cold and cough. It eliminates the mucus from the respiratory tract. The high calcium content of the garlic also improves bone health. The antioxidants' property of garlic helps the body fight against free radicals and enhances the blood oxygen flow in the tissues.

Major garlic products consumed include tablets, raw garlic cloves, garlic juice, garlic paste, etc. Ayurveda suggests that consuming garlic paste with milk enhances the sexual health of an individual. Moreover, garlic juice aids weight loss. Garlic also holds some antifungal and antibacterial properties, which act as a remedy in managing ringworms, enhances hair growth, and curing warts.

Garlic is a wonder spice, however, is responsible for bad breath problems. Hence, it is advisable to chew some mint leaves or fennel seeds to combat the bad breath caused due to garlic.

What are the other names of Garlic?

Different names know garlic in different regions. Scientifically, it is known as Allium sativum. Apart from this, the other names associated with Garlic are Rasona, Yavanesta, Maharu, Lasun, Lasan, Lassun, Lahasun, Bulluci, Vellulli, Nelluthulli, Vellaipoondu, Vellulli, Tellapya, Tellagadda, Lahsan, Seer.

Benefits of Garlic for health and body

Garlic is very beneficial for health. Here are some wonderful benefits of Garlic: -

  • Garlic helps in reducing hypertension or high blood pressure problems.

As per scientific studies, Garlic contains anti-hypertensive and antioxidant properties, which help reduce the issue of high blood pressure. Hence people suffering from hypertension can consume Garlic for lowering the blood pressure and curing hypertension problems.

  • Helpful in prostate glands cancer

Garlic contains antioxidants and anticancer compounds; hence it is considered helpful for managing prostate gland cancer. It prevents the growth of cancer cells in prostate glands and helps in reducing its proliferation.

  • Beneficial for stomach cancer

Antioxidants and anticancer properties of garlic help in fighting the body against DNA damage. Hence, the consumption of garlic is considered beneficial for stomach cancer.

  • Helps in managing colon and rectum cancer

Garlic contains antioxidants and anticancer compounds; hence it is considered helpful for managing colon and rectum cancer. It prevents the growth of cancer cells in the colon and rectum to help in reducing its proliferation.

  • Helpful to combat symptoms of the common cold

Ayurveda states various benefits of garlic in treating the common cold or cough problems. In Ayurveda, the common cold is known as Kapha dosh, and it generally accumulates mucus. Kapha balancing garlic reduces the accumulated mucus's properties in the respiratory tract and clear out cough with its Ushna or hot potency.

  • ½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with 1 teaspoon of honey daily to combat any symptoms related to cold
  • Cures Ringworm

Fluctuations in Kapha and Pitta dosha are responsible for causing ringworms. Kushtghna and Kapha treatment properties of garlic reduce the itching and fungal problems curing ringworms.

  • Mix ½ or 1 teaspoon of garlic juice with coconut oil
  • The paste is to be applied once or twice daily to cure ringworm.
  • Helps in managing corns

The fibrinolytic activity of garlic extract is used for managing corns by breaking tissues and detaching the corn from the major tissue. It is done by acting on the fibrin tissue.

  • Beneficial for managing weight problems

Meda Dhatu fluctuations and an increased amount of Ama or toxins are responsible for obesity or weight issues. This is caused due to unhealthy dietary regime and bad lifestyle. Garlic manages the digestive fire and decreases toxins or Ama in the body for its Ushna or hot potency. This, in turn, reduces weight and manages obesity. Moreover, garlic's deepan and pachan properties improve metabolism and help manage weight problems better.

  • ½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with 1 teaspoon of honey daily to combat any weight-related problems.

Treating diseases/health problems using Garlic

We will be dealing with the uses of Garlic in treatments methods of different diseases from scientific and Ayurvedic point of view:

  • Atherosclerosis

Science

Ayurveda

Garlic contains allicin, which possesses lipid-lowering and antioxidant properties. Hindering the accumulation of LDL and increasing the absorption of good cholesterol also helps in preventing plaque formation. Moreover, reducing the lipid peroxidation and preventing vessel damage also benefits in atherosclerosis.

The imbalance of digestive fire and Pachak Agni enhances the number of toxins and Ama in the body because of the bad digestion. Toxins accumulation in the body blocks the vessels by accumulating LDL in it. Deepan or appetizing and Pachan or digestive properties of garlic regulate the digestive fire and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. 

Tips

½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with a glass of milk daily to combat atherosclerosis.

  • Type I and Type II diabetes mellitus

Science

Ayurveda

As per modern science, Garlic reduces the blood sugar level and enhances insulin production. Due to this, it manages diabetes well in heavy or obese individuals.

Vata Dosha is responsible for diabetes in humans. The improper digestion system and increased level of toxins or Ama cause the improper secretion of insulin. Moreover, the pancreatic cells are also affected due to enhanced Vata Dosha. Deepan or appetizing and Pachan or digestive properties of Garlic helps in reducing the toxin level. The insulin secretion normalizes, and the digestion system is also improved with the consumption of Garlic. Apart from this, Garlic also has a bitter taste, which maintains the blood sugar level, helping in the ailment of diabetes. 

 

Tips

½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with a glass of milk daily to cure type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Hair Loss

Science

Ayurveda

According to scientific studies, garlic juice is very useful in hair loss problems. It strengthens the hair follicle roots and reduces the dryness of the scalp.

As per ayurvedic studies, increased Vata dosha is responsible for hair fall. Vata balancing properties of garlic control the hair fall and enhance the growth after application on the scalp. Snigdha and oily properties of garlic also remove the dry scalp and combat dandruff. 

Tips

Mix ½ - 1 teaspoon of garlic paste with honey for the application on hair. Massage it well on the scalp. Keep it for 30 minutes and wash it well to remove it. Dry with a towel.

  • Increased cholesterol

Science

Ayurveda

As per modern science, Garlic is good for cutting down the cholesterol in the blood, especially low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol. Garlic possesses this property due to the presence of compounds like alpha-linoleic acid and non-protein substances; hence it is considered beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels.

Fluctuations in digestive fire or Pachak Agni are held responsible for high cholesterol as per Ayurvedic studies. Impairment of digestive fire increases the toxins in the blood vessels, which results in increased cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol accumulation blocks the vessels leading to heart disease. Improving digestive fire and decreasing the toxins or Ama in the body with the help of the Deepan and Pachan properties of Garlic eliminates the cholesterol from blood vessels and reduces its accumulation.

½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with a glass of milk daily to combat the problem of increased cholesterol.

 

  • Liver Damage

Science

Ayurveda

Antioxidant and hepatoprotective garlic properties manage liver health and act as a shield against any major liver disease. 

Liver disease is caused by the fluctuations in pachak Agni or digestive fire. Garlic regulates the pachak Agni and helps in the instant digestion of the food. Deepan or appetizing and Pachan or digestive garlic properties also clears the digestive tract and excrete out the liver toxins. Hence, it combats liver diseases in the best manner. 

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Science

Ayurveda

Garlic possesses neuroprotective properties that help in managing Alzheimer's disease. Antioxidants present in the garlic reduce the activity of free radicals and protect the cells against any damage. The consumption of garlic also controls dementia. The garlic also hinders the accumulation of protein, and hence the disease symptoms are reduced.  

Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and its functions. Ayurveda states that fluctuations of Vata Dosha are responsible for memory loss and dementia. Vata is balancing properties of garlic help in reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Balya or strength providing and Madhya or brain tonic properties of garlic also improves the nervous system's health and improves neurological health. 

  • Acne

Science

Ayurveda

Applying garlic juice on the affected area reduces the acne problem. Antibacterial and antifungal properties of garlic are helpful in acne-related problems. Moreover, garlic's allicin content and antioxidants reduce swelling, inflammation, and acne, improving blood circulation. 

Skin problems like allergy, wounds, inflammation, or any other disease are managed with Garlic's help. Skin disease and acne are generally caused due to irregular Kapha dosha. Kapha dosha regulations with the help of garlic reduce acne. Garlic holds Ropan or healing properties as per Ayurvedic studies and hence is considered useful in treating all skin infections, including acne.

Tips

  • Use Garlic oil mixed with coconut oil directly on the affected area for maintaining skin health.
  • Garlic powder mixed with rose water, honey, milk, or banana can be applied on the face, neck, or affected area to eliminate any skin problem. 
  • Earache

Science

Ayurveda

Garlic oil is responsible for curing earache in children as per the scientific study. Garlic oil reduces the infections and kills the bacteria. The protection of the ear from any infectious microbes can also be achieved by putting garlic oil in the ear.

Tips

A cotton swab should be dipped in garlic oil to apply in the ear.

Imbalanced Vata dosha is responsible for ear pain. Vata balancing and Ushna potency of garlic oil decreases the pain by giving warmth in the ear. 

Hence, it acts as a quick remedy for ear pain.

Forms of Garlic in Ayurveda with Recommended Dosage

Garlic in the Ayurvedic treatment is used in the form of oil, pods, powder, or capsule form. Each of these forms of Garlic can be used to create different types of dishes and can be consumed in various forms, either with milk, water, or in the form of soup. If you have not consulted with your doctor regarding the dosage amount for each form of Garlic, you can then follow these dosage recommendations:

  • Garlic Powder: - Take 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic powder with water twice daily to treat various health problems. For external application, Garlic powder should be used in the quantity of ½ - 1 teaspoon with rose water. 
  • Garlic juice: - Take 1-2 teaspoons of garlic juice either with water, milk, or honey to combat different illnesses.
  • Garlic Tablet: Swallow 1-2 tablets of garlic with water after the meal, twice daily.
  • Garlic oil: - Garlic oil should be applied externally either on the skin or for earache. Apply 1 or 2 teaspoons of Garlic oil only once a day. Garlic oil can be applied mixed with honey or rose water as per the requirement on the hair.  
  • Garlic Capsules: - Ingest 1-2 capsules either once a day or twice a day to cure different diseases and health problems.

In case you have consulted with a doctor, then it is advised to stick to their recommended prescriptions.

Types of Ayurvedic Care with Garlic

  • Garlic Powder

Garlic is also available in powder form made by grinding the dried garlic, which helps in treating constipation, skin problems, etc.

Tips:

As prescribed by your doctor, you can mix the Garlic powder in milk, water, honey, or rosewater for consumption. You can use the Garlic powder to make any other dish like garlic toast or garlic bread. Garlic powder can also be used as an additive spice in different dishes. 

Garlic powder can be prepared at home by using the following method: -

  • Peel 1 cup of garlic pods and slice them.
  • Dry the garlic pods in the sun for few days
  • Take the dried pods and grind them completely to obtain garlic powder.
  • Store it properly in moisture free and airtight containers.
  • If garlic powder is exposed to some moisture content, ovens dry it before using.

 

  • Garlic Ladoo

Garlic taken as a sweet will not only be an interesting alternative to raw form or oil but will also help as effectively as any other form.

Tips:

-Take Garlic powder or whole Garlic and mix them in roasted atta.

-You can add salt, black pepper, or any other additive for an enhanced taste.

-Knead the mixture well to form a soft dough-like consistency.

-In a circular motion, give a 'ladoo' shape to the small dough balls.

-Store up to 10-12 days or consume them at once.

  • Garlic capsules

Garlic capsules are used as alternative Garlic oil. It is recommended to swallow 1-2 Garlic oil capsules with warm water as medicines for various health problems and diseases.

  • Garlic tablets

Garlic tablets are also available for consumption in treating the health conditions mentioned above.

Take one tablet of garlic mixed with warm water or honey after lunch and dinner, twice a day, or as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Garlic oil

Garlic oil is ingested or consumed with hot milk or warm water. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of Garlic oil with water or milk and drink it every night for better digestion.

  • Raw garlic

Garlic seeds are consumed either in the roasted form or raw form for different purposes. For cough and cold treatment, raw garlic paste is consumed with water, milk, or honey

Tips

- Take 1-2 teaspoon of peeled Garlic pods and grind them to make a paste.

- Mix it with milk or water.  

- For enhancing the taste, add ½ lemon juice to the water the next morning.

- Drink the Garlic water empty stomach to get cure core throat, cold, cough, or flu.

For digestive ailments, Garlic seeds are eaten in the raw form or roasted form. Chew 1-2 teaspoons of Garlic seeds after a meal twice a day to enhance digestive health.

  • Garlic soup

Garlic is also consumed in the form of soup. It is one of Garlic's most used forms as it is easier to consume and offers many benefits to health.

Tips: -

  • Peel and grind some garlic cloves and add them to a hot pan.
  • Add some chopped onions and cook until tender.
  • Add other vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and coriander as per your taste and preference.
  • Sprinkle it with seasonings and other spices.
  • Add water or vegetable stock as per the need.
  • Add the cornflour mixture to the soup to get a perfect consistency.
  • Cook for a few minutes and relish the garlic soup.
  • Garlic juice

Garlic can be consumed in the form of juice too. Take few garlic pods and grind it to mix with water and for juice. Garlic juice can also be taken directly. Add 1-2 teaspoons of garlic juice in water and drink it every day empty stomach to aid weight loss.

For external Application

Garlic is applied externally, either in the form of oil or powder, to cure many skin problems and enhance skin health.

  • Raw garlic

Crush some garlic pods and mix it with rose water to apply to the affected area. Leave it on the area for some time and wash thoroughly with fresh water. Pat dry the face to get smoother skin.

  • Garlic powder

Garlic powder is applied in the form of a paste with honey or rose water. Application of Garlic face pack or skin pack helps in reducing the blemishes and makes skin healthier.

Tips

  • Mix ½ or 1 teaspoon of Garlic powder with rose water
  • Apply the paste on the affected area, face, or neck
  • Leave the pack for 5-7 minutes
  • After it is properly dried, wash the pack with fresh water
  • Dry the face and use a moisturizer

 

  • Garlic oil

Garlic oil can be massaged on the face and neck properly to moisturize the skin and give it a healthier look.

Side effects of Garlic

While Garlic is magically infused with healing properties, it is also found to have certain side effects if over consumed, especially in people suffering from abdominal issues, pregnant ladies, diabetic patients, and breastfeeding women. Both science and Ayurvedic experts recommend taking Garlic in an appropriate amount or as per the recommended dosage because it can create certain gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, if over consumed. There are several other side effects associated with garlic, too, including bad breath, burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, diarrhea, and asthma. Garlic is also responsible for severe skin irritation if not used properly.

Precautionary guide while using Garlic

  • For Diabetic Patients
  • View of Science Experts

According to scientific experts, Garlic is responsible for lowering the blood sugar level subsequently. Hence, it is highly advisable to update the blood sugar level if you use Garlic, which is too with an anti-diabetic drug.

  • For Pregnant Ladies
  • View of Ayurvedic Experts

Pregnancy calls for extra care and precautions. Garlic is high in Ushna or hot potency. Hence, it is advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Garlic during pregnancy.

  • View of Scientific Experts

According to scientific experts, the consumption of Garlic is not advisable for pregnant women. In the case of an urgent situation, it is strongly advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Garlic.

  • For Ladies, while Breastfeeding
  • View of Science Experts

According to scientific experts, the consumption of Garlic is safe for breastfeeding women. However, it is still advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Garlic if it is urgently required for any breastfeeding women. 

  • For people suffering from heart disease
  • View of Science Experts

Garlic is known for lowering blood pressure levels. It is recommended for heart patients to keep a strict check on the blood pressure if consuming Garlic with any other cardiovascular medicine.

  • View of Ayurvedic experts

Vata balancing properties of Garlic reduces blood pressure. Ayurvedic experts suggest that keep an update on a heart patient's blood pressure if they are taking any anti-hypertensive drug with Garlic.  

  • People with hypersensitive skin
  • View of Ayurvedic experts

Garlic should be applied on the skin, either with milk, rose water, or honey by people who are prone to allergies and have hypersensitive skin as it can cause allergy if applied alone due to its Ushna or hot potency.

  • Precautions while on any other medication
  • Garlic with birth control pills can affect by adverse interaction. Hence it is advisable to consult the doctor if you are taking birth control pills with garlic.
  • The garlic enzymes cause some interaction with any immunosuppressant drug. Consult your doctor or physician if you consume any immunosuppressant drug with garlic.
  • The anti-tubercular drug also interacts with the garlic and reduces the absorption. Hence, it is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming garlic with an anti-tubercular drug.
  • Consult the doctor for recommended dosage in case of combined consumption of HIV/ AIDS drugs and garlic as it may hinder the absorption of HIV/ AIDS drugs.
  • In case you are consuming antiviral drugs and garlic together, then it is better to consult the doctor first to prevent the bad interaction of antiviral drugs and garlic.
  • Other precautions
  • Modern Science suggests that Garlic minimizes the clotting of the blood and increases the blood flow. Take proper advice or consultation from a doctor if you use Garlic with any other drug that is anticoagulant in nature.
  • Garlic has a Guru or heavy nature, according to Ayurvedic studies. Hence Garlic can hinder intestinal movement and can cause gas problems. Drink a lot of water while consuming Garlic for preventing the ill effects due to heavy nature.
  • Whole Garlic seeds are very difficult to digest; hence, they roast and grind them in a powder form before adding any food or dish.

FAQ's about Garlic

Can we eat Garlic empty stomach?

  • As per a Scientific study

Garlic possesses some antibacterial properties, and hence it is very beneficial to eat garlic in the morning hours. Moreover, garlic acts as a potential antibiotic if eaten empty stomach.

  • As per an Ayurvedic study

Deepan or appetizing properties of garlic helps in maintaining digestive health if consumed in the morning. Digestive fire is also regulated with the early morning consumption of garlic, especially on an empty stomach.

Which is better for consumption- raw garlic or cooked garlic?

  • As per a Scientific study

Raw garlic contains traces of allicin, which is very beneficial for health. Hence, raw garlic is better than cooked garlic for more health benefits.

  • As per an Ayurvedic study

Garlic possesses Tikshna or strong and Ushna or hot potency, which works best when garlic is consumed in raw form. However, someone with digestive problems and hyperacidity should consume it in cooked form.

What are the ways to prevent bad breath while consuming Garlic?

Garlic has a strong side effect of bad breath when consumed either raw form or cooked form. It is advisable to consume raw garlic with olive oil or sunflower oil. Moreover, you can eat some mint, fennel seeds, or cardamom seeds after consuming raw garlic. A glass of milk, coffee, and green tea can also be taken to reduce garlic's bad breath problem.

As per the scientific pieces of evidence, it is best to eat 2-3 garlic pods that, too, with a glass of lukewarm water for aggravated health benefits.

  1. Which is better: - Raw Garlic or Roasted Garlic?

Science experts advise the consumption of raw garlic for enhanced health benefits. It acts as a wonder spice because of allicin content and promotes good health.

  1. How is Garlic beneficial with honey?

Garlic and honey combination is very beneficial for health and nourishes the skin. It also helps in detoxifying the body and increases the body's metabolism strengthening immunity. Antimicrobial properties of garlic also aid in hair problems and lower the LDL level in the blood. Apart from this, it is also a perfect medicine for the common cold and cough.

  1. What are the steps to make Garlic Soup?

Below are the detailed steps which need to be followed for making garlic soup: -

  • Peel and grind some garlic cloves and add them to a hot pan.
  • Add some chopped onions and cook until tender.
  • Add other vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and coriander as per your taste and preference.
  • Sprinkle it with seasonings and other spices.
  • Add water or vegetable stock as per the need.
  • Add the cornflour mixture to the soup to get a perfect consistency.
  • Cook for a few minutes and relish the garlic soup.
  1. What are the steps for making Garlic powder?

Following steps are included in the garlic powder recipe: -

  • Peel 1 cup of garlic pods and slice them.
  • Dry the garlic pods in the sun for few days
  • Take the dried pods and grind them completely to obtain garlic powder.
  • Store it properly in moisture free and airtight containers.
  • If garlic powder is exposed to some moisture content, ovens dry it before using.
  1. Is Garlic responsible for causing hyperacidity or stomach problems?

Yes. Tikshna and Ushna properties of garlic cause hyperacidity and stomach problems if consumed in a large amount. 

  1. Is Garlic responsible for worsening cancer?

Garlic indeed helps combat cancer and is very beneficial for that. Bioactive and antioxidant compounds present in the garlic works as an anticancer medicine. It works in different stages and cures mutagenesis and cell growth of cancer.

  1. What are the effects of garlic on sexual health?

Ayurveda states that garlic helps in aiding any sexual problem in men. It improves the sexual stamina, and Vajikarana property or aphrodisiac property regulates the ejection mechanism and increases the semen discharge time.

Tips

½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with a glass of milk daily to combat any sexual weakness.

  1. Are garlic supplements beneficial for improving athletic performance?

Yes. Garlic supplements are helpful in athletic performance improvement. Garlic thins the blood and hence increases the level of oxygen supply. It also enhances the body's metabolism strengthening the muscles and improving the athletes' performance. Moreover, there are certain chemical components in garlic that decrease fatigue and increases body strength.

  1. Is garlic helpful in boosting immunity?
  • According to a scientific study

Yes. The presence of allicin is garlic enhances immunity and helps the body to fight against various infections. Allicin makes the white blood cells stronger and acts as a shield for different viruses.

  • According to an ayurvedic study

Rasayana or rejuvenation properties of garlic as per ayurvedic study boosts immunity. It acts on the microbial attack and combats various illnesses. 

Tips:-

½ teaspoon of garlic paste should be consumed with a glass of milk daily to boost immunity.

  1. How can garlic aid weight loss?

According to a scientific study

Garlic possesses some anti-obesity properties and is responsible for increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the blood. Better metabolism also aids in the fat burning procedure of the body with garlic. Moreover, garlic contains high fiber content, which accelerates the fecal motion and removes the excreta helping to lose weight.

According to an ayurvedic study

Meda Dhatu fluctuations and an increased amount of Ama or toxins are responsible for obesity or weight issues. This is caused due to unhealthy dietary regime and bad lifestyle. Garlic manages the digestive fire and decreases toxins or Ama in the body for its Ushna or hot potency. This, in turn, reduces weight and manages obesity. Moreover, garlic's deepan and pachan properties improve metabolism and help manage weight problems better.

  1. Is raw garlic safe for consumption?

According to a scientific study

1-2 garlic cloves are beneficial for consumption if taken raw. Peel, crush, chop and paste the garlic for convenient consumption. It manages the cholesterol level and enhances the secretion of alliinase enzyme, which in return makes the immune system better. 

According to an ayurvedic study

Raw garlic helps aid the bad cholesterol level and increase the amount of good cholesterol in the body. Moreover, the consumption of raw garlic also reduces the accumulation of toxins in the body. Ushna potency and deepan properties of garlic improve the digestive system and regulate the Pachan Agni or digestive fire. Moreover, eating raw garlic also aids various sexual problems and improves the immune system with increased metabolism.

  1. Can Garlic cause sleep disturbances?
  • According to an ayurvedic study

No. Garlic does not cause sleep disturbance but regulates the sleep cycle and makes it better. As per Ayurveda, enhanced Vata dosha is responsible for disturbed sleep or Anidra as it acts on the nervous system. Garlic aroma holds some calming properties, which makes the sleep pattern regular. Moreover, the Vata balancing properties of garlic also aid in sleep disturbances.

  1. How is garlic oil beneficial for health?
  • According to a scientific study

Garlic oil is very helpful in treating many diseases and health problems. It has some antifungal properties which prevent fungal growth on the skin. The application of garlic oil controls skin infections like ringworm, acne, corns, warts, or parasites. It creates a shield on the skin and kills the microbial load, hence improving the skin health. Moreover, putting a few drops of garlic oil in the ear treats the ear pain, especially in children.

  • According to an ayurvedic study

As per Ayurveda, garlic oil possesses Snigdha or oily properties. This property of garlic resolves the problem of dryness, fungal infections, and ringworm on the skin. It also makes the skin more supple and moisture. Varnya property of garlic, according to ayurvedic studies, makes the skin glow and helps in getting a better and natural skin complexion. 

  1. How is garlic beneficial for skin health?
  • According to a scientific study

Applying garlic juice on the affected area reduces the acne problem. Antibacterial and antifungal properties of garlic are helpful in acne-related problems. Moreover, garlic's allicin content and antioxidants reduce swelling, inflammation, and acne, improving blood circulation.

  • According to an ayurvedic study

Skin problems like allergy, wounds, inflammation, or any other disease are managed with Garlic's help. Skin disease and acne are generally caused due to irregular Kapha dosha. Kapha dosha regulations with the help of garlic reduce acne. Garlic holds Ropan or healing properties as per Ayurvedic studies and hence is considered useful in treating all skin infections, including acne.

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