must be very suspicious of anyone who does not eat garlic.�
concerning garlic is often proven fact - it is documented in
many ancient books and inscriptions. In ancient times, people
used to eat garlic before making a journey at night. It made
them belch and gives one a foul breath. The primitive belief was
that evil spirits would not come within the radius of that
Koreans of old ate pickled garlic before passing through a
mountain path, believing that tigers disliked it. In the birth
myth of Tan'gun (the founder of the Korean nation), the fact
that a tiger was the animal not to have been metamorphosed into
a human being seems to have been based on this belief.
The entire ancient world loved garlic - particularly the Egyptians,
who used to swear on garlic in much the same way as we swear on
the Bible today. Egyptian slaves were given a daily ration of
garlic, as it was believed to ward off illness and to increase
strength and endurance. During the reign of King Tut, fifteen
pounds of garlic would buy a healthy male slave. Indeed, when
King Tut's tomb was excavated, there were bulbs of garlic found
scattered throughout the rooms. When Moses led the Hebrew slaves
out of Egypt (around 1,200BC), they complained of missing the
finer things in life - fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions,
Greeks had ideas of their own on the virtues of garlic. Greek
athletes would take copious amounts of garlic before
competition, and Greek soldiers would consume garlic before
going into battle. It became custom for Greek midwives to hang
garlic cloves in birthing rooms to keep the evil spirits away.
As the centuries passed, this ancient custom became commonplace
in most European homes.
(300BC) recommended garlic for infections, wounds, cancer,
leprosy, and digestive disorders. Dioscorides praised it for its
use in treating heart problems, and Pliny listed the plant in 61
remedies for a wide variety of ailments ranging from the common
cold to leprosy, epilepsy and tapeworm.
World War 1, the Russian army used garlic to treat wounds
incurred by soldiers on the Front Line. Although Alexander Fleming's
discovery of penicillin in 1928 largely replaced garlic at home,
the war effort overwhelmed the capacity of most antibiotics, and
garlic was again the antibiotic of choice. The Red Army
physicians relied so heavily on garlic that it became known as
the "Russian Penicillin".
garlic is used by herbalists for a wide variety of illnesses
including high cholesterol, colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis,
fever, ringworm and intestinal worms, and liver, gallbladder,
and digestive problems. Several scientific papers have been
published in the last two years which strongly indicate that
garlic is highly efficient in preventing heart disease and
cancer, and even reducing the severity of established cancer.
Maybe the saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' should
be replaced with 'a clove a day keeps the doctor away'!
owns this herb.... Its heat is very vehement, therefore
let it be taken inwardly with great moderation; outwardly you
may make more bold with it."
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