You may have heard of the benefits of placing onion on your feet or honey on your chest to help heal your cold. In fact, there are many natural cures that work not only internally but also externally to heal health problems. Garlic, nature’s most potent antibiotic, is no exception.
Topical Use of Garlic
Garlic is traditionally used to treat acne, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and influenza due to its antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties (1).
When taken orally, garlic helps stimulate blood circulation in micro blood vessels in the skin, boost immunity, protect against UVB damage and help treat cancer (2).
Applied topically, garlic treats psoriasis, alopecia areata, cutaneous corns, viral and fungal infections and leishmaniasis. It also minimizes keloid scar, promotes wound healing and prevents skin aging.
Additionally, two studies found that topical garlic use is 100% effective in the treatment of warts. Unlike other wart treatments, garlic doesn’t have any harmful side effects (3).
How To Use Garlic
Rub garlic onto a small portion of your skin first to see if your skin is sensitive to the bulb.
Wound or Rash
To use topically, crush a fresh bulb of organic garlic directly on your wound or rash and cover with a band-aid or gauze and medical tape.
Remove the dressing to shower, drying the area before applying a few garlic bandage. Repeat every day for 2 weeks until your wound is completely healed.
To use on warts, mix with olive oil or coconut oil and change dressing daily for 3-4 weeks (3).
Psoriasis or Eczema
When it comes to psoriasis or eczema, infuse olive or coconut oil with a few cloves of fresh garlic for 24-48 hours. Apply the oil to the skin and cover the area with a band-aid or gauze.