Garlic and Skin Care!

As I’m sure you’ve heard before in countless health articles, “Garlic is Good for You!”

There are so many garlic health benefits to be had, when you include garlic into your diet, but did you know your skin can benefit from garlic too?  Garlic is considered by Ayurveda healers to be a helpful way to fight acne.

The health benefits of garlic are quite amazing, this little bulb, which belongs to the onion family is full of vitamins and minerals.  Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as when the Giza pyramids were built. Garlic is still grown in Egypt. Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the use of garlic for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Its use in China dates back to 2000 BCE.

The benefits of garlic are best when ingested raw, when cooked, garlic does lose some of its nutritional value.  You can also soak the peeled cloves in milk for an hour, which cuts the smell if you don’t care for it.  However, if you are completely adverse to the smell and taste, but still want to try the remedy, visit the pharmacy or herbalist for garlic tablets. These are generally not as potent, but are still thought to be an effective alternative—with little or no odor or taste.
Garlic, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 623 kJ (149 kcal)
Carbohydrates 33.06 g
Sugars 1.00g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Fat 0.5 g
Protein 6.39 g
beta-carotene 5 μg (0%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.2 mg (17%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.11 mg (9%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.7 mg (5%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.596 mg (12%)
Vitamin B6 1.235 mg (95%)
Folate (vit. B9) 3 μg (1%)
Vitamin C 31.2 mg (38%)
Calcium 181 mg (18%)
Iron 1.7 mg (13%)
Magnesium 25 mg (7%)
Phosphorus 153 mg (22%)
Potassium 401 mg (9%)
Sodium 17 mg (1%)
Zinc 1.16 mg (12%)
Manganese 1.672 mg
Selenium 14.2 μg
Percentages are relative to
US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Even though garlic has a fantastic reputation for medicinal uses, there are some side effects of garlic to be had, if consumed in large doses, such as; heartburn, gas, diarrhea and vomiting.

You can use it on your face externally, to help with any spots and blemishes. It can be used as a face mask, and  it is so easy to do, just peel, grate and using a spoon, mash the garlic into a paste and apply to your face for a few minutes. Wash off with warm water.  Or crush a clove of garlic into a paste diluted with ½ cup of warm water. Apply to the face with a washcloth then wash with a gentle cleanser. This diluted mixture should not irritate the skin; however, if you experience burning, discontinue use. There is some debate as to whether or not fresh garlic juice should be applied directly to pimples. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered effective for removing acne scaring and drying out acne when used topically, according to Godart. However, many find this causes a burning sensation, especially those with sensitive skin and since this can a very smelly treatment I recommend trying  Eminence Organic Skincare Garlic and Tomato Masque, instead of the homemade version.

Garlic and Tomato Masque by Eminence          This deep-penetrating mask from Eminence Organics decongests and balances oily and acne-prone skin, helping to clear and calm the complexion. Formulated with anti-inflammatory odorless garlic and sweet yellow clover, this mask increases the amount of oxygen in the skin, allowing clogged-up skin to breathe again. Antioxidants and vitamins nourish and protect the skin against harmful free radicals, allowing your skin to stay healthy. And since it’s made with 100% certified organically grown ingredients, Garlic and Tomato Masque is free of harmful chemicals and preservatives that can irritate and damage skin.

Garlic contains anti fungual, anti bacterial and anti viral properties, which is why it is so good for helping with many health problems.  Garlic contains the a powerful antioxidant. As reported by Science Daily in a January 31, 2009 article, a compound called allicin—which gives garlic its unique taste and smell—has the capacity to decompose into the ultimate antioxidant sulfenic acid. Dr. Derek Pratt, who is Canada Research Chair in Free Radical Chemistry, said, “The reaction between the sulfenic acid and radicals is as fast as it can get, limited only by the time it takes for the two molecules to come into contact. No one has ever seen compounds, natural or synthetic, react this quickly as antioxidants.”  It will help increase your circulation and blood flow.
It can help with the common cold, lower high cholesterol, and may prevent heart disease. Garlic health benefits offer a natural solution for nail fungus. Taking garlic internally and using it externally, has shown great results in helping eradicate this prolific nail problem.  The health benefits of garlic are certainly hailed as a treatment for many ailments, but it can interfere with some medications.  You will need to check with your doctor first, if you are intending to include garlic into your diet.
There are garlic supplements available, if you would like to enjoy the benefits of garlic, yet don’t like the taste.

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