Five uses for garlic that you never thought of… 24



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For thousands of years, people have used garlic to stay healthy, restore virility, ward of vampires, and because of its incredible versatility, they even worshiped the bulbous plant. Today, garlic is used to prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol, boost the immune system, and protect against cancer. Although there doesn’t seem have much supporting evidence that garlic is useful in vampire slaying– there are still plenty clever ways of using garlic that you may not have heard of before.

Here are our five favourite interesting and convenient ways to use garlic.

1. Mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes are among one of the biggest nuisance that ruins outdoor fun. Luckily the compounds in garlic are naturally harmful to mosquitos and insects have evolved to avoid garlic. By applying garlic extracts on exposed skin or placing garlic cloves outdoors, you’ll be warding off mosquitoes in no time. Not only is this an economical and natural repellent that is easy to make, it is not toxic to the environment and a better alternative than the harmful commercial repellents sold in stores.

2. Hair loss treatment. Garlic could potentially end your problems regarding hair loss. Garlic has naturally high levels of allicin, a compound that is found to effectively treat hair loss. Maybe it’s time to consider garlic instead of spending money on hair regrowth products. Simply rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp or infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp.

3. Cure fungal infections. With anti-fungal properties, garlic is an effective way to get rid of athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. By simply soaking your feed in a tub of warm water with a tablespoon of crushed garlic daily, you will fight the infection until it is gone. If the infection is particularly strong in one area, you can even finely slice a garlic clove and hold the garlic piece onto the affected area with a tissue for 10 minutes twice daily.

4. Pesticide. Similar to being a mosquito repellent, protect your lovely plants with garlic as a natural pesticide. Place crushed garlic in a bowl of boiling water and cover for 15 minutes. When it is cooler, funnel the water and garlic into a spray bottle and you can mist your plans to keep destructive pests away.

5. Antibiotic. As a natural disinfectant and powerful antibiotic, crushed raw garlic is a handy plant to substitute commercial antibiotics to kill strains of staphylococcus bacteria and infections. If you are camping or spending time outdoors, keep some garlic cloves handy in case of an emergency. If you have a cut or graze, to prevent the risk of infection, rub the area with a peeled, diced or crushed garlic clove immediately.

Do you use garlic in unusual ways? Share your tips and tricks with the Starts at Sixty community!

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Good tips, although I think if you use it as mosquito repellant you’ll repel everything in sight 🙂

  2. Very interesting, but did you know leaving garlic out also attracts cockroaches ugh!

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    • Jan Shepherd apparently, I have a garlic keeper I put in the fridge, I looked everywhere in fridge, it was in the pantry when I opened ugh I felt sick two cockroaches not the big ones, eating like crazy, and the smell😷,garlic stays in the fridge!,,

  3. A cut slice of garlic placed over a wart or mole and taped in place for a period will remove them. The garlic must be replaced regularly. I’ve never tried it but is was lauded as a great cure by a Greek doctor who took us for a class at TAFE. I don’t think it painless though as my understanding was that it works by blistering the skin under the wart or mole and as the blister formed then dried the wart or mole disappeared as the old skin came away and new skin grew. An age old method he informed us used by his Greek ancestors for centuries.

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    • I have a large wart on my leg that no matter what I do it always comes back. I have even had it burned off and it came back.
      I will now try this remedy and see if I can get rid of it for good.

    • Ruth Hourigan and Trish Daley while I was doing my course a woman tried it with her son and it takes a long time to work, quite a few days if not a couple of weeks. Her son complained it hurt so proceed with caution.

    • It’s also a fungus and needs air to survive and as a child I had few on one knee, nothing worked until I used sticking plaster they all disappeared in a month and never returned. Re new the plaster every other day, I could see them shrinking.

  4. I ate raw garlic with apple cider vinegar and bit salt dip ur fried pork or barbecue any type of meat or fish with rice omg it’s heaven I’ll forget ur husband or wife hahahaha

  5. I do not use fresh garlic but have taken Kyolic aged garlic capsules for over two years. In this time I have never had a cold or the flu and also last year had two major surgeries with no infections and surprised the doctors by how quick I recovered seeing they were only a fees weeks apart. I also used to suffer from sinus infections and they are now a thing of the past. Just saying there could be some merit in their health benefits. Will keep taking them regardless

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