Besides its antibiotic health benefits, garlic has been used in the treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, and snakebites. It is also used for fighting stress, fatigue, maintaining healthy liver function and all types of cancer.

According to WebMD, Garlic is used for many conditions along with boosting our immune system.  These conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack and hardening of the arteries. Some of these uses are supported by science. Garlic actually may be effective in slowing the development of atherosclerosis and seems to be able to modestly reduce blood pressure.

I have found it helps with tonsillitis!  I have had recurring tonsillitis, the left one specifically and I know I will have to have it taken out but I am putting it off, all the horror stories I hear about adults having it done.  Definitely not looking forward to it!

They say garlic has the best health benefits when its raw but it can be pretty strong and feel like its burning whatever it touches.  If you can stand the heat, mince a clove of garlic and put it on your finger then apply to the tonsil.  Leave it on as long as you can stand it, which for me isn’t too long :)  So, what I usually do is make tea!  I use two large cloves, peeled and cut in half.  Let them steep in a mug for about 10 minutes, sometimes I add honey as a sweetener.  I don’t fish the cloves out before I drink it, I eat the them as I drink the tea.  They are actually quite mellow after the hot water bath and my tonsils are still coming in contact with the garlic but don’t feel like they are on fire.

When my tonsils flare up and I don’t feel well, kind of achy and just not feeling good, I make a big mug of tea.  I drink this before bed and I always feel better the next morning.  Maybe not 100% but I do feel better, like I have taken a couple doctor prescribed antibiotics.

I am so glad that I discovered for myself that the antibiotic properties of garlic really do work!

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