Mystics say that although onion and garlic have a bad smell, they are cures for 70 different illnesses that cannot be cured by any other means. Garlic is in deed a great remedy for beauty-related issues, like acne and facial zits.
Garlic can heal acne. I tried it a few years ago – because I did not want to slather on some pharmaceutical product that had a major side-effect (like affecting the liver). So I searched high and low for a remedy and I found this one in a book I had about the many benefits of garlic.
Before you start, wash you face and make sure no product (soap or makeup) is left on. Crush a clove of garlic, add a pinch of salt, mix and let it sit until the garlic’s juices are released, then dilute the juice with some water to avoid damaging the skin. The last step is very important as garlic is extremely strong and by diluting it you avoid turning your skin red.
Use a cotton swab and put a tiny bit of garlic juice on your pimple for a few minutes until it dries. Rinse thoroughly and pat the face dry. Make sure not to put any of the juice on perfectly healthy skin as it will irritate it. You can do this every weekend until the pimples are gone. Some pimples may vanish by the very next morning!
Summer means sandals and beautiful toes! But what if one of your toe nails is infected by fungus and is showing off a yellowish tinge? You can always cover it with nail polish, right? Well, that’s not a long-term solution to a serious problem. For fungus, or Athlete’s Foot, you need a strong antidote like garlic.
Here is a remedy for you. Wash your feet with warm water and pat dry. Mash a garlic clove and add a pinch of salt to release the garlic’s juices. Use a cotton swab and paint the nails with the juice and make sure to add some under the nail bed. If you have blisters or cuts on your feet, make sure to avoid using the garlic around them as it might cause you major irritation. Repeat this process every day, or every weekend, and keep on using the treatment even though you think you see no more of the fungus. Fungus might still be there even if it’s not visible to the naked eye.
Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory capabilities. According to earthclinic.com, “In essence, garlic is a potent antioxidant, so it functions to remove infectious pathogens from the skin. Garlic also contains a compound called allicin, which is responsible for the herbs intense flavor and smell as well as its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Additionally, garlic serves as an effective antifungal and antiviral, so it eliminates the basic causes of acne.”
For more garlic remedies, Stylecraze.com writes about the “7 Amazing Benefits Of Garlic – Why You Should Never Run Away From It.” The website also recommends garlic as an anti-aging agent and a pore minimizer, which are two topics I covered in my previous post about “The hidden benefits of Turmeric.”
A Cup of Jo has a blog post titled, How to Get Rid of a Pimple, about her friend who woke up the next morning and her pimple was gone. This describes my experience…
However, I must say this: Garlic can also encourage dormant health problems to come to the surface, so if instead of a vanished pimple you get more pimples (granted you use the diluted juice remedy described above), it could very much be that the garlic is now allowing suppressed health issues to express themselves by throwing them to the surface, i.e the skin.
In homeopathy, any external expression of an illness is good news, however modern-day medicine is all about suppressing the symptoms, which is why many illnesses aggravate instead of being released.
According to drromashomeopathy.com, “Homeopathy believes that body tries to throw out various toxins through skin which are represented as various skin ailments. That is why one should not apply any medicated cream, lotion or ointment on the skin as it causes suppression. Suppression of skin diseases may cause major illness. Hence, skin diseases need to be treated with correct homeopathic medicine. Various skin disorders that are treated successfully with homeopathy are allergic disorders, recurrent boils, acne, eczema and warts, pigmentation and discoloration.“
This being said, using natural remedies does not have the same effect as medicine. Natural remedies like garlic do not suppress, they work with you, and in the long run they end up balancing the hidden imbalances of our bodies. Natural remedies also take longer than traditional medicine because it works on the root cause of the problem, and not only on the symptoms.