Garlic: A Must-Have Crop for Every Survivalist
If you are a survivalist or interested in emergency preps, you should consider growing garlic. This tiny crop is a powerhouse that enhances the flavor of long-term storage meals and offers potent medicinal and household uses.
Garlic contains allicin, a compound responsible for its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. This makes garlic an exceptional remedy for treating oral problems and yeast infections. For thousands of years, garlic has been used as an herbal medicine ingredient and is classified as a superfood. Fortunately, garlic is easy to grow and can be grown indoors in any climate, even in a tiny urban apartment.
Here are some medicinal uses of garlic:
Gum Disease: At any given moment, at least 500 different types of bacteria float around your mouth, some of which can cause gum disease and tooth decay. The allicin in garlic can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and help prevent tooth decay. You can consume garlic in capsule form or add it to your meals regularly to reap the benefits.
Toothache: Chewing on a garlic clove can help eliminate the pain associated with a toothache. Peel away the paper-like outer covering from the clove and then place the clove over the sore tooth. Crush the clove slowly and repeatedly over the tooth to release the garlic juice, pressing as firmly as you can each time. After a few minutes, remove the remains of the clove and rinse with warm water.
Mouthwash: You can make a natural mouthwash using garlic to prevent and treat oral health issues. Mix ½ cup of warm water (distilled recommended) with 1 teaspoon of garlic juice and 1 teaspoon of salt. You can add ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon and/or apple cider vinegar as optional ingredients. Once the mixture cools, use it as a typical mouthwash.
Common Cold: Garlic can help reduce the duration of common cold symptoms. Consuming garlic could reduce the time you have a common cold by up to 70 percent.
My husband had been battling cold and possibly bronchial issues for weeks without success. So, I started him on garlic capsules to him and increased the amount of powdered garlic in our meals. Surprisingly, within a week he started feeling better. Garlic, which contains allicin, is often considered to have immune system-enhancing properties.
Splinters: Garlic can help soothe skin rashes and even psoriasis issues when rubbed onto the problem areas regularly in oil form. To remove a splinter, cut a thin slice of garlic and place it over the affected area. Wrap a piece of tape or a bandage over the splinter to hold the garlic in place. In about 30 to 60 minutes, the swelling and pain around the splinter should subside, exposing the splinter more readily so it can be pulled out of the skin completely with tweezers.
Yeast Infections: The antimicrobial properties contained in garlic could help thwart yeast infections. A research report by the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery determined that using thyme and garlic-based vaginal cream was just as successful as using the common commercially manufactured yeast infection cream that contains clotrimazole.
Cold Sores: Garlic can help heal colds by decreasing the discomfort and inflammation commonly associated with them. Cut a single garlic clove in half and rub it on the affected area.
Acne: Cut several cloves of garlic and rub them onto acne breakouts to harness the antioxidant properties of garlic to kill the bacteria that caused the pimples. Ingesting more garlic may also help prevent the formation of acne.
In conclusion, garlic is a must-have crop for every survivalist, and it is easy to grow and store. Whether you are facing a medical emergency or simply looking for an effective home remedy, garlic has got you covered.