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Distribution


Garlic is native to southwestern Siberia can be grown in any temperate climate

Genus: Allium


Allium is a monocot genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, including the various edible onions, garlics, chives, and leeks, has played a pivotal role in cooking worldwide, as the various parts of the plants, either raw or cooked in many ways, produce a large variety of flavors and textures. -Wikipedia

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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
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Onion (Allium cepa)

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Garlic- Not just for cooking


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Histor
Garlic has been employed for medicinal purposes by more cultures over more millennia than any other plant product or substance. The first recorded use was by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, in the now Mid-East regions of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

In Egypt, it has been found in the tombs of the ancient Pharaohs dating back to 3,200 B.C. The only slave revolt in Egypt (beside the Jewish Exodus) was by laborers over a lack of garlic one year when the Nile flooded the garlic fields. In the Egyptian "Ebers Codex," written in 1550 B.C., there were 22 different medical formulations that included garlic.

Dioscorides, who lived in Greece during the first century A.D. and is held in esteem as the founder of the modern pharmacy, dispensed garlic to treat rabid dog bites, snake bites, infections, bronchitis and cough, leprosy, and clogged arteries, as well as other conditions.

Garlic was used throughout World War I to treat battle wounds and to cure dysentery. During World War II, garlic was known as "Russian penicillin" because it was so effective in treating wound infections when adequate antibiotics were not available.
Garlic Today
Scientific studies indicate that garlic can lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, improve the outcome of coronary heart disease, reduce high blood pressure, improve claudication, prolong infant feeding time for breast nursing, reduce or cure the fungal infection of Athlete's foot, and reverse some middle ear inflammation.

http://www.amazingherbs.com/meduseofgari.html

Garlics Medical Uses

Fun Fact: Garlic Repels Vampires, but Why?

This myth (or truth?) relates back to garlic as a herbal remedy. Both mossquitoes and vampires both suck human blood and in doing so cause disiease. Some of the symptoms of malaria - exhaustion, fever, anemia, are similar to that of the early stages of vampirism. Garlic, because of the smell, can work as an insect repelent and people associated this with keeping away vampires.

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