Garlic: The Healing Herb

Garlic is to Trinbagonian cuisine as rest to a growing child. Absolutely necessary.

From mango chow to beef pelau on Maracas beach, baigan choka to curry duck by Caura river, the intense flavour of this universal bulb is a must in Trinidad and Tobago.

Did you know that its super powers extend beyond seasoning prowess? Garlic is an ancient medicinal herb (or spice, whichever you prefer), and humans have researched its curative characteristics for more than 3,000 years. Its medicinal properties will astound you.  These are just a few of the diseases and ailments garlic works against.

Health Benefits Of Garlic



Half the general population on the planet experience mild or more severe forms of acne. Garlic might be utilised, alongside different substances like honey, cream, and turmeric, to treat skin inflammation scars and keep your skin clear from developing acne. It acts as a cleanser and an anti-infection substance for easing skin rashes.


Boiled garlic cloves are magnificent as an alternative asthma treatment. Every night before going to sleep, a glass of milk with 3 cloves can provide help for patients with asthma. The asthma attacks can also be brought under control by taking pounded cloves with malt vinegar.

Eye Care

Whether is a phone, a TV, or computer, today we spend a lot of time staring at screens. This places significant stress on our eyes and causes difficulties and eye problems. Garlic, rich in Vitamin C and nutrients like Selenium, and Quercetin, helps reduce the risks of cataracts and other eye diseases. In addition, the primary reason this is good news for your eyes is its sulfur contents. Sulfur produces an antioxidant which protects your eye lens.


Cancer is recognised as having potential anticancer properties. Studies show that there is an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast. Its antibacterial characteristics block the formation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, and reduce cell proliferation.”

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Cold, Infections and contaminated wounds

Raw garlic is useful for treating colds and coughs. Granny knows what she’s talking about when she says to drink some garlic tea. Allicin, found in the bulb, effectively kills countless pesky microorganisms responsible for some of the common cold and infections. Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties which also help relieve you of the flu and infections. Sir Louis Pasteur, the researcher who discovered pasteurisation, studied the anti-bacterial characteristics in 1858. It can be used to treat infected injuries. Mix it with water to create a paste which when applied will help treat infections. World War I therapeutic surgeons utilised garlic extract as a disinfectant for treating war casualties.


Diabetes damages the kidneys and the nervous system’s capacities, causes heart complications, and leads to poor vision. Garlic is recognised for its ability to both prevent and treat diabetes. Moderate quantities of garlic supplements has the potential to stop or decrease the effects of diabetes, fight infections, reduce bad cholesterol, and improve circulation. Garlic benefits diabetics as part of a diabetic diet plan.

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Elevated Cholesterol Levels

Of the two types of cholesterol –LDL, and HDL, the first is harmful to human health. The Allicin compound effectively keeps LDL cholesterol from oxidising. Everyone who has elevated cholesterol bad levels ought to incorporate this herb in their daily diet.


Garlic is a natural herb for balancing blood pressure, to prevent hypertension. At the point when exposed to increased pressure, the Allicin component in garlic unwinds the blood vessels and relaxes it. It also battles against thrombosis by lessening platelet aggregation.

Sexual Rejuvenation

This little herb can be the key you’ve been looking for to rejuvenate your sex life. It boosts the libido of both men and women, but it goes the extra mile for men. Why you ask? Well, according to research, the allicin in garlic, which helps increase circulation, boosts blood flow to sexual organs, making you last longer. But remember, don’t kill the vibe with garlic breath.

So, whether it’s as a spice in your favorite local meal or as an additive to your beverage, the usefulness of garlic cannot be over emphasised. Share with us your experiences using this miracle herb. A garlic a day keeps the doctor away. 



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