A well known and widely used culinary herb, garlic has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Therapeutic uses: Diaphoretic, expectorent, antispaspasmodic, antiviral, hypotensitve, and anthelminthic. It has also been used to treat respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, recurrent colds, whooping cough and bronchitic asthma.

Dosage: dried bulb – 2-4g daily

Tincture- 2-4ml 3x daily

Oil – 0.03-0.12ml 3x daily

Contra-indications: large doses are reported to be ABORTAFACIENT and effect the menstrual cycle.

Side effects: Burning in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. May cause allergic reactions and contact dermatitis.

Drug interactions: Do not use with anticoagulants (blood thinners,) diabetic medication and blood pressure medication.

This is a post in a series regarding popular herbs with therapeutic applications.


Information credit to Pharmacy Plus Programme.

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. Module 4. (2000). (011-706 6939)

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