Surprising uses for Garlic That Don't Involve Cooking!
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Surprising Uses For Raw Garlic That Don’t Involve Cooking!

You might emit eye-watering clouds of stench all day if you chew a raw clove of garlic, but you’ll also boost your immunity, repel mosquitoes, treat cold sores, expel parasites, and perhaps even get “in the mood.” Garlic is a crucial ally for natural health since it is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mold. Take a look at these 20 unique and uncommon uses for garlic.

Improves Acne

As a home cure for acne and pore reduction, cut open a clove of raw, fresh garlic and smear it on pimples. Although garlic’s antimicrobial powers can make your face smell bad, it will help reduce the appearance of acne, including deep acne cysts that can be tough to treat. It can also help you get rid of a breakout faster.

All-Natural Pesticide

Squash bugs, cabbage loopers, aphids, and whiteflies are some of the pests found on your plants. These critters and others can potentially destroy the lovely organic garden you’ve maintained all season. But, with an all-natural garlic spray, you can keep them at bay. Start making your homemade pesticide by soaking three minced garlic cloves in two teaspoons of mineral oil for 24 hours. Then filter off the garlic and combine the oil with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle filled with a pint of water. Plants that are infected should be sprayed.

Treats Cold Sores

These unattractive lesions always appear at inconvenient times, such as the morning of an important date. Although the acidity may cause discomfort, raw garlic may work just as effectively as commercial medical treatments. Several times a day, slice a garlic clove in half and apply it straight to the cold sore for ten minutes. Garlic capsules may also help to accelerate the healing process.

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Repels Mosquitoes

If smelling like garlic bread doesn’t bother you, garlic can help keep mosquitoes away without using DEET or other possibly harmful chemicals. Try this unusual mosquito repellent:

  • Infuse an ounce of mineral oil with a few minced garlic cloves for 24 hours.
  • Drain.
  • Combine the garlic-scented oil with 2 cups of water and one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • If required, strain once more and pour into a spray bottle.

Fill a few tiny bowls with minced garlic on your outside tables and enjoy a pest-free dinner for those who don’t want to smell like garlic.

Repairs Glass

Garlic juice has a natural adhesive quality to it. While it isn’t adequate for large tasks, it can be used to fill in and keep together hairline cracks in the glass. Crush a garlic clove and push the sticky, viscous juice into the fissures, wiping away excess.

Aids Weight Loss

Garlic has weight-loss effects, according to some research, despite its intense flavor. This is because garlic has compounds that send satiety signals to the brain, making you feel fuller sooner. It also helps you burn more fat by improving your metabolic performance.

Relieves Athlete’s Foot

Garlic is a potent natural antifungal, making it great for treating fungal infections such as itchy, irritated athlete’s foot. Add a few crushed cloves to warm water in a foot bath and soak the affected foot for 30 minutes. If you’re worried about the strong garlic smell on your feet, boil the cloves whole to lessen the odor.

Splinter Removal Aid

Splinters are a pain. They’re challenging to get rid of, and they can cut too deep into the flesh to be pulled out. Rather than waiting for it to fall out on its own, try this strange trick: lay a thin slice of garlic directly over the splinter and bandage it. The garlic should aid the splinter’s removal from the skin within hours.

Facial Cleanser

Garlic isn’t widely used as a facial cleanser, but some ladies swear by it for drying up acne and tightening and exfoliating the skin. It will undoubtedly burn, so be careful if you have any open wounds. Make a paste of finely minced garlic, olive oil, facial cleanser, and sugar, then massage it (in circular motions) into your skin before rinsing it out.

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Relieves Toothaches

According to multiple testimonials from Grow Youthful, using garlic to calm an aching tooth is highly effective. Use either an entire clove directly on the sore tooth or use a mortar and pestle to extract the garlic oil; both techniques have shown to be quite beneficial.

Gas Prevention (Not for Everyone)

Garlic, high in sulfur, can cause unpleasant gas, flatulence, and bloating in some people, while it is said to relieve it in others. The key to maintaining gut health may be to consume it regularly. Garlic eliminates dangerous gut bacteria while encouraging the growth of healthy flora, resulting in much easier digestion.

Natural Yeast Infection Remedy

Many women turn to an uncommon natural cure when they first notice a yeast infection: raw, peeled garlic cloves (not sliced), generally knotted in a strip of cheesecloth and inserted with a tampon applicator. Garlic’s antifungal qualities attack the yeast, supposedly preventing infection.

Enhances Fishing Bait

Some fishermen say garlic can be very effective as fishing bait, particularly when paired with other baits. It can enhance their effectiveness and mask any repelling aromas that would prevent fish from biting. The scent of garlic cloves can attract bass, trout, catfish, carp, and other species. Since fish find the smell of garlic appealing, they’ll be more likely to bite on garlic-scented baits or lures, and they’ll hang on to them for longer, giving you plenty of time to reel them in.

Fish baiting
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Coating your baits with crushed or powdered garlic is a simple way to prepare garlic bait for fishing. You can also make marshmallows or dough balls by combining crackers and cat food, then coating them in garlic. However, applying an oil-based garlic fragrance attractant to your bait is the most effective method. It allows the garlic aroma to permeate faster and more effectively in the water.

To make a homemade oil-based garlic scent attractant, you will need to blend some powdered or minced garlic, salt, and olive oil. Try different amounts of each ingredient until you get the ideal aroma and consistency.

Relieves Psoriasis

Garlic’s anti-inflammatory qualities may help alleviate or prevent the tightness and itching associated with psoriasis. In addition, garlic’s active ingredients interact with arachidonic acid, an omega fatty acid found in the skin that has been associated with psoriasis. Therefore, apply garlic oil directly to the affected regions once or twice daily.

Potent Homemade Cough Syrup

A mixture of garlic and honey boosts your immunity, reduces inflammation, clears up excess mucus, and soothes sore, itchy throats, making it an ideal homemade cough remedy. You can make immune-boosting honey-infused garlic by immersing raw garlic cloves in a jar of honey and letting it sit overnight (but keep in mind, you must store it in the fridge). The honey cuts through the zestiness of the raw cloves and makes eating the cloves pleasant. You can also place raw, minced garlic in hot water, strain it after five minutes and drink the garlic water as tea; then add honey and ginger as desired to make it tastier.

Honey-infused garlic.
Honey-infused garlic. (Credit: Savoring the good)

Prevents Colds

Garlic has been used for generations to naturally cure and prevent colds, and with good reason. Garlic’s major biologically active component, allicin, is thought to block enzymes that delay viral and bacterial infections. Add three to four garlic cloves each day to stews, pasta sauces, soups, and salad dressings, preferably raw and smashed.

Road De-Icer

Garlic is one of the strange winter de-icing solutions that numerous communities around the US have devised. When winter transportation employees put garlic salt on the roadways before snowstorms in 2008, Ankeny, Iowa, smelled delicious. A local spice supplier donated the salt, which was reportedly unsafe for human consumption.

May Aid Hair Loss

Garlic might be worth trying before resorting to more drastic methods, whether you’re going bald or over-bleached your hair. Some claim that rubbing the scalp with garlic oil promotes hair growth.

Expels Parasites

Many alternative health practitioners recommend raw garlic for removing intestinal parasites. Ingesting around three garlic cloves per day as part of a cleansing diet that includes lemon juice, raw honey, carrots, beets, and pumpkin seeds, may help cleanse harmful organisms out of the digestive tract.

Ancient Aphrodisiac

Is garlic a turn-on for you? You may not like its smell on someone else’s breath, but once it enters your stomach, it may cause passion. Since antiquity, garlic has been regarded as an aphrodisiac, and modern medical understanding may explain why: it improves circulation and moves blood to your extremities. This effect may even boost men’s bedroom endurance.

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