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Top 20 Uses for Garlic (some of these might surprise you!)

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Top 20 Uses for Garlic:

1. Maintain good health - This is a benefit most are well aware of. With properties that are thought to help your heart and liver, boost your metabolism of iron, prevent cancer, and fight against bacteria and viruses, garlic is a vital component of a healthy diet. We recommend eating one or two cloves every day.

2. Ward off or cure a cold - For thousands of years, garlic has been known as a treatment for coughs and colds. Mince a clove of garlic and steep it in hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain out the garlic and drink (think of it as a natural cough syrup!). You can also try to eat 3 raw cloves a day around cold and flu season to prevent catching those wintertime bugs.

3. Attack acne spots  - Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it over the affected area. Done regularly, the antibacterial properties found in garlic cloves will help to clear up your complexion.

4. Ease cold sores  - Very similar to acne prevention, cut a clove of garlic in half and apply it directly to the sore. It might sting a little, but it’s been shown to work just as effectively as commercial treatments for getting rid of those unsightly sores.

5. Athlete’s foot Apply liberally! Garlic hates fungus. Thus, treating your athlete’s foot with garlic can work wonders! Crush a couple of cloves and toss them in a footbath filled with warm water. Soak for about half an hour to see results.

6. Cleanse and brighten your skin - Some swear by using garlic as a facial cleanser to tighten and exfoliate the skin. Make a paste of finely minced garlic, olive oil, facial cleanser and sugar; massage into skin in circular motions, then rinse.

7. Cure a gurgling gut - For some, garlic actually eases gas. The trick may be consuming it on a regular basis in order to maintain intestinal health. Garlic kills harmful intestinal bacteria and promotes the growth of beneficial flora, making for more efficient digestion.

8. Destroy yeast - Unconventional, but many women swear by it: at the first sign of a yeast infection, wrap raw, peeled garlic cloves with cheesecloth and insert with a tampon applicator. Garlic’s anti-fungal properties go to work on the yeast, supposedly keeping the infection at bay.

9. Protect your garden - Skip those harmful commercial pesticides and use a natural, DIY method with garlic instead.

10. Repel pests - We all know the best way to kill a vampire: garlic. Like vampires, blood-sucking mosquitoes are afraid of garlic. You can rub garlic on your skin to ward off mosquitoes, if you like, but you can also leave out cloves of garlic in areas where mosquitoes flock.

11. Repair glass - Think of this as a quick fix for mildly damaged glass. Rub the sticky juice of a crushed clove of garlic onto the hairline cracks, wiping away an excess liquid. Garlic is a natural adhesive, so it’ll help the glass to stay together and prevent any further damage.

12. Get crafty - Sticky garlic juice can also be used in a pinch as glue for other things, like paper crafts.

13. Remove ice - In a pinch, garlic salt works wonders in de-icing roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces.

14. Surface cleaner Chop up a 3-4 cloves of garlic, and toss them in a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Add a couple drops of lemon oil and voila: you have yourself a DIY disinfectant spray.

15. Lose weight - Compounds found in garlic send your brain signals of satiety, which will actually help you to feel full faster. It also boosts metabolic function, helping you to burn more calories.

16. Remove splinters - They’re painful to remove, and sometimes they slice too far into the skin to pull out. Instead of waiting for them to come out on their own, try this trick: place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter and hold on with a bandage. The garlic should help the splinter work its way out of the skin within hours.

17. Lure fish  - Garlic cloves are recommended by some fisherman as effective bait for catfish, carp, trout, and bass. Coat marshmallows or dough balls with crushed or powdered garlic and place on a hook to start luring.

18. Grow gorgeous locks - Some believe that massaging the scalp with garlic oil stimulates hair growth. Why not give it a try?

19. Kill parasites - Recommended as part of a cleansing diet that also includes raw honey, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, carrots and beets, garlic consumed in quantities of about three cloves per day may help clear nasty organisms out of the digestive tract.

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20. Get sexy - Garlic has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, and modern medical knowledge may have an explanation: it aids circulation, pumping blood to your- umm- extremities. Enjoy: this effect might even increase your endurance in the bedroom. 

You may love the taste of garlic and use it often in your cooking, but there may be other (surprising!) ways to put this powerful plant to use in your everyday life. We scoured the Internet and created a fun and informative list of the top 20 ways people are using garlic (in no particular order). We hope you view your garlic with renewed wonder after reading. You will want to quickly peel garlic before you use it!

Citation: http://ecosalon.com/20-unusual-uses-for-garlic/

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