Garlic was best known for medicinal purposes throughout the history. According to AgroWeb.org facts, it also reduces cholesterol and cardiovascular problems.
Health benefits of Garlic Essential Oil
Garlic is an ingredient as well as a cure for various health problems. It helps to make the dishes tasty and healthy too. The Garlic oil is extracted from the crushed garlics by the process of steam distillation which is pure, expensive and highly concentrated. The oil can also be extracted by soaking the chopped garlics in a vegetable oil which is gentle but less concentrated. Garlic oil can also be found in a capsule form which contains only 1% garlic oil and remaining vegetable oil. It serves various benefits with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
1. Strengthens your immune system
It is a power house and increases the immunity power with its nutrients such as B2, B5, B9, B1, B3, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, Vitamin C, carbohydrates, phosphorus, iron and protein. It provides protection from the problems caused by free radicals such as ageing.
It acts against the infectious diseases spread by microbes. Adding 1 drop of garlic oil to the diffuser and inhaling this aroma will improve the immune system and white blood cells which helps to fight against diseases.
2. Reduces cholesterol and checks obesity
Garlic assists in reducing cholesterol levels, blood triglycerides and creation of arterial plaque. It prevents obesity by removing the excess deposits of water, fat, salts and other toxic substances and controlling the fat cells pattern. The mixture of 5 drops of Garlic oil and 3 ml of sesame oils if massaged then it helps to discharge excess water and toxics from the body through sweating and urination and dissolves fat. This can also help to reduce inflammation caused by rheumatism and arthritis.
3. Common Cold
It also prevents the growth of micro-organisms and respiratory infections with its expectorant, antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial and decongestant properties. The inhalation of the steam by adding 2 drops of Garlic oil in hot water and the mixture of 1 drop of Garlic oil and vaporub or ointments if massaged on the chest will helps to eliminate the common cold, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and whooping cough and breathing difficulties.
4. Ear infections
Heat a few drops of garlic oil with 2 tablespoons of olive, mustard or coconut oil on a low flame. It can be refrigerated by putting it in a glass bottle. The ear infections can be treated by putting 2 or 3 drops of this oil on the ear. Sinusitis and common cold is also cured by this garlic oil.
5. Heart disease
Garlic is considered an herb for treating atherosclerosis and heart disease.. Garlic helps to prohibit strokes and heart attacks as it operates as a blood thinner.
6. Tooth ache
Garlic oil can provide relief for tooth ache. The oil should be kept on the affected tooth by the use of cotton ball and leave it for 10 to 30 minutes. This should be done 3 to 4 times a day to get relief from pain.
Storage of Garlic essential oil
When finished preparing garlic oil, it should be left to cool and placed on the refrigerator with an airtight container. AgroWeb.org recommends that the oil should be used within four weeks.
How to prepare garlic essential oil at home
As the base for garlic oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil or mustard oil could be used. This oil should be heated. The garlic cloves should be peeled letting it stand for an hour. The garlics should be added to the hot oil and let it be for some times so to let the compounds abrupt into the oil. After that the oil should be filtered and could be used in various ways. The one part of garlic oil should be diluted to the 200 parts of plain oil before using because garlic oil is very powerful. Garlic oil can also be found in capsule forms as well./AgroWeb.org