Botanical Name: Allium sativum. It is from the family of Liliaceae.
Common Method of Extraction: The common method of distillation of garlic oil is steam distillation.
Parts Used: Fresh clove of garlic
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Garlic oil has a very typical garlic aroma which is strong, pungent and harsh.
Largest Producing Countries: The largest producing countries are China, India, South Korea, Egypt, United States of America and Russia.
Traditional Use: The traditional use of garlic and garlic is well known. It is an herb which is known as flavouring in different kinds of food. Garlic has been used as a medicine also for many years. Garlic oil is used as medicine for many diseases.
Garlic oil is used for many health conditions like heart and blood system. It is very good for coronary heart diseases, cholesterol, heart attacks and thickening of arteries. It helps in reducing atherosderosis and reduces blood pressure to a certain extent. Garlic oil has properties to prevent cancers of different types like colon cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer and lung cancer. It is also used for the treatment of bladder cancer and prostate cancer. It is also used for the enlargement of prostate, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cold and flu, diarrhoea, hay fever and late pregnancy.
It increases the immunity in one’s body and is good for fungal and bacterial infections. It is used to prevent tick bites also. Garlic oil is used for the treatment of fever, cough, headache, stomach ache, congestion, gout, sinusitis, hemorroid, rheumatism, asthma, breathlessness, bronchitis, low blood pressure, low blood sugar and even snakebites. It is an ideal relief for stress and fatigue. It keeps the liver in good condition. Applying garlic oil to the skin is good for fungal infections, corn and warts. It is also used for the treatment for ringworms, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
Blends Well With: Garlic oil blends well with almost all essential oils.
Of Interest: Eating raw garlic is more effective than the cooked ones. The benefits of garlic increase when applied topically. The way garlic oil is made influence the active components in the oil. It can be chopped or crushed and kept in vegetable oil or it can be steam distilled, which is a common method. Garlic soaked in vegetable oil will have fatter soluble component. Distilled garlic oil will have more water soluble components. Garlic was worshipped by ancient Egyptians and chewed by Greek athletes. According to them it was necessary to keep the vampires away. The plant has been used in many countries as a protection to keep the evils away. This is a practise followed for many centuries.
Safety Data: If taken in normal quantity garlic oil is safe. Do consult as doctor when you are pregnant and want to use garlic oil. Same is the case when you are breast feeding. Eating garlic is safe if taken in small quantity. Fresh garlic may increase bleeding. It is better to stop garlic at least two weeks before a planned surgery. When taken orally it may upset stomach.