(This article appeared in the April, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.)
Garlic is one of the oldest known medicinal plants. It has been used for ages to treat many conditions, such as: colds, skin disease, parasites, joint problems and arthritis, cysts and growths, and fluid retention. It is also useful in eliminating lead and other toxic heavy metals from the body. Garlic extract has been used to reduce infections and relieve diarrhea.
However, nursing moms should be aware that garlic could create colicky infants. Also, please consult your physician before using garlic in large quantities if you are taking anticoagulants or preparing for surgery.