Garlic as Natural Antibiotic


Garlic as Natural Antibiotic

Just an ingredient? No!

There are so many recipes where we use garlic. But it is more than just an ingredient. Garlic can also be used as an natural antibiotic. Und humans know it for many years. Here ´l Il write about a plant that also can be used in a way you may not know.

Garlic – Where does it come from?

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.

It´s all about China

Garlic is grown globally, but China is by far the largest producer of garlic, with around 20 million tonnes (44 billion pounds) grown annually, accounting for over 81% of world output. India (4.6%) and South Korea (1.4%) follow, with Egypt (1.2%) on fourth place and the United States (where garlic is grown in every state except for Alaska) in ninth place (0.8%).

How to use it as medicine?

You can find people writing about garlic in use as cancer protection. Maybe  its true but maybe its not. I´m not a doctor so I´m just writing about the traditional use. My grandmother used it a lot and there are many ways to stay healthy with garlic. Also in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) garlic has it´s place and is used in many ways. Here are some uses for garlic as medicine:


Garlic is the only antibiotic that can actually kill infecting bacteria and, at the same time, protect the body from the poisons that are causing the infection. In studies, garlic has been found to be almost as effective as penicillin, while recent research shows similar activity to a more modern antibiotic called chloramphenicol, used for typhoid fever as well as conjunctivitis.

Even the blood of people who eat garlic can kill bacteria, and it is also reported that the vapour from freshly-cut garlic can kill bacteria from a distance of 20cm.

In the past, garlic used to be used to treat tuberculosis, as the invading organism, mycobacterium tuberculosis, is sensitive to several of the sulphur components found in garlic.


A multitude of medical studies confirm that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. In the most recent study, using garlic pills and a placebo, researchers at Oxford University noted a 12 per cent reduction in total cholesterol.

Coronary artery disease is caused by a build-up of plaque within the arterial system. Studies have found that garlic appears to inhibiting new growth of plaque.

< 2>Stomach ulcers

Modern medical studies have found that numerous diseases – gastric ulcers, ulcerative colitis, coronary artery disease, Kaposi’s sarcoma and cervical cancer to name but a few – are triggered by infectious processes caused by bacteria or viruses. Garlic may be helpful in treating or preventing some of these conditions.

Recent discoveries by Australian scientists show that stomach ulcers are either caused by the helicobacter pylori bacteria, or contributed to by it, and that garlic can relieve ulcers as it kills this type of bacteria.

Other research has found that conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may also be inflammatory diseases caused by or contributed to by the mycobacterium paratuberculosis bacteria, which again can be killed by eating raw garlic.

Blood clotting

Garlic is an anticoagulant and could be helpful in protecting against the blood clots which can cause strokes. If you are taking aspirin to keep your blood from forming clots, garlic may be a more pleasant and natural alternative.

Mixing aspirin or other blood-thinning medicines with garlic can be dangerous under some circumstances though. Always consult your GP before taking garlic supplements in conjunction with medications for blood thinning.


Allicin promotes the secretion of gastric juices by stimulating the mucous membranes of the stomach. It also combines with the stomach’s natural proteins, reducing the excessive activity which can lead to indigestion.

In addition, allicin regulates the functioning of the stomach by activating the large intestine, so helping guard against constipation and diarrhoea.


Garlic can help us in many ways. Sometimes people are scared because they smell after eating garlic. But why should´t we use a product that is here for 7000 years. Before we start to spent many on ecpencive pills from pharmaceutical companies we first should try to use more natural antibiotics like garlic.

Book tip:

If you like to read more about natural antibiotics you should buy a book like Herbal Antibiotics from Stephen Harrod Buhner!

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Based in Würzburg, Germany we started to write this blog in 2014 after a long trip in Asia. We are food addicted and love to travel in Asia. We post our own experiences, pictures and recipes.


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