What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of garlic? Most likely tasty meals and bad breath. While garlic is delicious, did you know it has so many uses outside of the kitchen? You can use natural, from the Earth garlic to replace a lot of chemicals used around the house while saving money in the process!
Acne Treatment: Garlic has blood cleansing and antibiotic properties. Try rubbing cloves on your face or extracting juice and applying with a cotton ball.
Mosquito Repellent. It's not clear why, but mosquitos can't stand garlic. Place cloves where you find mosquitos or rub them on your exposed skin. Be warned, however, you may repel more than mosquitos.
Pet Protection. It's not only mosquitos that hate garlic, but fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Give your pet a healthy diet of garlic to keep them free of pests. Some pet foods already contain some garlic for this reason!
Garden Pesticide. A much greener alternative to chemical pesticides. Mix garlic cloves and extracts with some pepper and soap to keep away bugs and sometimes larger animals.
Antibiotics. While garlic shouldn't take the place of traditional antibiotics, in times of need, rub some on a wound to fend off in infection until help arrives.
Glue. If you've ever chopped garlic, you may know the juice can be very sticky. Need some glue in a pinch? Use that juice as a strong adhesive.
Cosmetics. Mix garlic and lemon extracts with water, cider vinegar, and lavender flower to make a face cleanser, or garlic juice with water, vodka, and rosemary for a scalp and hair lotion. Careful though, some people may be allergic.
Cough Syrup. Garlic's antibacterial properties can come to the rescue again. Boil a quarter pound of garlic in water, add sweetener for taste, and drink. It can stop coughs, soothe soar throats, and help you recover faster.
If garlic's delicious taste didn't have you keeping some around before, and it should have been, knowing the other wonderful things it can do will defiantly put it on your next grocery list!
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