Fresh Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic (Allium sativum) belongs to the lily family.
It produces a thick bulb of cloves encased in a papery, white skin. It is thought to be Siberian in origin, spreading to the Middle East and Europe.
As one of the world’s oldest medicines, it is mentioned in all the writings of the great ancient civilizations - Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.
It has long been considered an aphrodisiac; for this reason, nuns, yogis and monks all eliminate garlic from their diets.
It is rich in both sulphur and iodine. Allicin is the compound responsible for garlic’s strong aroma and is strongest when the bulbs are freshly crushed or cut. This is destroyed when cooked.
Garlic is thought to be both antibiotic and a potent fungicide, and biochemical research has isolated allicin as the active component. A single raw, crushed clove contains the antibiotic equivalent of 100,000 units of penicillin. Allicin has proved more effective than either penicillin or tetracycline in suppressing certain disease carrying agents.
Garlic is an extremely popular culinary flavoring.
Garlic’s antiseptic effect is powerful, but very mild and ideal for acne-troubled skin.
Garlic’s active allicin content is a powerful ingredient in our Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask. Its deep-cleansing action helps to reduce spots and clear the complexion, leaving the skin soft, fresh and comfortable.