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The Healing Herb: Garlic

By Michelle Newport Published 11/5/2006 | Alternative Medicine

Common name(s): Garlic

Botanical name(s):

Allium sativum

Plant part used:


AHPA Class:

2c Not to be used while nursing


Asthma, Blood Impurities, Blood Poisoning, Bronchitis, Cancer, Candida, Colds, Colitis, Coughs, Ear Infections, Fevers, Flu, Fungus, Gastric Disorders, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Triglycerides, Indigestion, Infection, Liver Disorders, Lung Disorders, Parasites, Prostate problems, Respiratory problems, Staph/Strep Infections


Adaptogen, alterative, anthelmintic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, antibiotic, anticoagulant, antineoplastic, blood purifier, cardiovascular tonic, carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, hypotensive, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, vasodilator, vermifuge


Volatile oils, including, allicin (diallyl trisulfide), alliin and other sulfur-bearing metabolites. Also contains citral, geraniol and linalool. Other constituents include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur, vitamins A, B-complex and C


Garlic is a natural antibiotic and has been referred to as nature's penicillin. Louis Pasteur was the first scientist to use garlic in scientific experiments and found that when put into a petri dish full of bacteria, garlic quickly destroyed the bacteria. It has been historically used in the treatment of various cancers and is also well-known for its capabilities of destroying bacteria, fungus, virus and parasites. Garlic is also used to lower incidence of heart disease and is also used to lower high cholesterol levels.

Daily dose: 4 grams fresh garlic, 3,000 4,00 mg. dried


Should not be used while nursing in therapeutic dosages. May cause mild blood-thinning in therapeutic dosages. Consult your doctor if using therapeutic dosages of garlic prior to surgery.

Side effects:

May cause gastrointestinal discomfort when used in large doses, unpleasant odor.

Drug interactions: None

Special caution: None

References: Botanical Safety Handbook. by McGuffin, Hobbs, Upton and Goldberg, 1997
Mastering Modern Herbal Medicine, by LaMar Wiscombe, 2001
Today's Herbal Health, by Louise Tenney, 2000
Basic Herbalism, by Horne & Robinson, 2000
The Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies, by Louise Tenney, 1995
The Complete German Commission E Monographs, edited by Blumenthal et al., 1998