Garlic- Allium sativum
English name- Garlic, Poorman's treacle, Stinking rose, Nectar of the gods
Local name- Bawang, Ahos
A staple spice for most dishes in Asian and Filipino cuisine, this bulbous and pungent herb is noted for a lot of healing properties the most popular of which is to control pressure and reduce cholesterol in the blood. For treatment using garlic, patients are advised to eat raw cloves.
This herb is widely distributed among major areas of Luzon as Batangas and Nueva Ecija and some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao and can commonly be found in market places, grocery, and sari-sari stores nationwide.
Hosts of other ailments by which garlic can cure include:
Crush some cloves and apply on affected areas for rheumatism, arthritis and toothache.
Crush a clove and apply to temples in case of headaches or rub on affected areas for insect bites and athlete's foot.
Other parts of garlic which can be used are its bulb and leaves which when brewed is used to treat common colds, cough up to much higher ailments as asthma and bronchitis.