Botanical name: Allium sativum
Actions: Alterative, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antisyphilitic, antivenomous, antiviral, aromatic, carminative, cathartic, cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, digestant, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogues, expectorant, hypertensive, hypotensive, immuno-stimulant, nervine, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.
Parts used : Bulbs
The leaves are long, narrow and flat like grass. The bulb (the only part eaten) is of a compound nature, consisting of numerous bulblets, known technically as 'cloves,' grouped together between the membraneous scales and enclosed within a whitish skin, which holds them as in a sac.
The flowers are placed at the end of a stalk rising direct from the bulb and are whitish, grouped together in a globular head, or umbel, with an enclosing kind of leaf or spathae, and among them are small bulbils.
Medical uses and benefits of Garlic
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