Garlic – Alium sativum

Garlic - Alium sativum

Family: Lilacae

Height: 30-50cm

Garlic is one of the most effective anti-microbial plants available, acting on bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites.  It supports the development of natural bacterial gut flora whilst killing pathogenic organisms.  Used externally diluted garlic juice is a useful wound wash and can also be added to drinking water.

Garlic juice diluted 1:10 in water and used on areas where a rabbit has become soiled in its travelling box will encourage the rabbit to clean off the garlic and therefore thoroughly clean the area itself.  A few drops in the drinking water will help prevent infection and act as a mild wormer

Do not use garlic every day. Use only when there is a need to combat disease causing organisms. Long term use of garlic has been reported as causing a form of anaemia in dogs.

Constituents: Volatile oil containing sulphur compounds, particularly alliin, which converts to allicin and then aloen when a clove is crushed; geraniol and linalool; mucilage; glucokinin; germanium.

Actions: Antiseptic, anti-viral, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic.