Garlic is the true OG of superfoods. Before we were having açaí bowls for breakfast and sprinkling chia seeds on everything, there was garlic. With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties, it can alleviate many common ailments inside and out.
Garlic works to prevent clogged pores, kill off acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Crush a few garlic cloves to release the compound allicin, which contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal compounds that work well on acne and athlete’s foot. It also acts a drying agent for oily skin. Garlic can sting if applied directly to the skin so dilute it in water, jojoba oil or aloe vera first.
Garlic Acne Buster Mask
Combine garlic, clay and tea tree oil in a small wooden bowl. Then slowly add honey (or aloe) until you have a smooth consistency. You can spot treat problem areas or use as a face mask (just avoid the eyes!). Wear the mask for 5-10 minutes then gently exfoliate the skin as you rinse with warm water.
Garlic Nail Strengthener
The sulphur in garlic hardens nails and speeds growth. Crush a clove and add it to a bottle of clear nail polish. Let it infuse for at least a week then paint on the infusion for seriously strong nails.
Immunity Boosting Shot with Garlic
Forget about catching colds every time the season changes. This immune-boosting garlic shot will strengthen your system and fight against pathogens the natural way, without burdening your liver.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, juiced or minced
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, juice or minced
- Pinch of cayenne
- Mix all the ingredients and drink immediately.