Garlic  Allium sativum; Porrum sativum

Garlic is a bulbous herb of the lily family, and it is hot and dry in the fourth degree. Garlic intensifies body heat and dryness, and it can be eaten raw, cooked, grilled, or roasted. Eating garlic is beneficial for sufferers from cold symptoms. Garlic helps prevent hemiplegia and palsy for someone who is about to be visited with such illness.

Eating garlic dries up semen, opens obstructions, assuage thirst, dissolves wind, aids excretion of urine turagogue), promotes bowel movement, relieves cold pains, and acts as the antidote for all kinds of bites and cold sores. A plaster of garlic is beneficial for snakebite, scorpion stings, and bee stings, and helps to draw out their poison.

Garlic also increases the body’s natural temperature, cuts phlegm, reduces abdominal bloating, clears the throat, and is more hygienic. Eating garlic also helps flush body-water, and aids chronic cough. Garlic also helps chest pain affected by cold symptoms, and it removes mucus from the throat.

Daubing a decaying tooth with an ointment made of crushed garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt, and honey eases its disintegration, and breaks it into fragments. Placing such ointment on an aching tooth also will relieve pain.

Crushing eight grams of garlic and drinking it with sweetened water clears phlegm from the throat and expels worms and other parasites from the intestinal tract. Spreading a mixture of crushed garlic and honey over herpetic eruptions accelerates their cure.

However, excessive eating of garlic can also cause headache, damage the brain, weaken the vision, weaken sexual desire, dry up semen, arouse thirst, precipitate discharge of yellow bile, and generate bad breath, while chewing rue leaves after eating garlic eliminates such foul breath.