~Garlic: Allium sativum~
Garlic is an biennial herbacious plant with a *history of 7,000 years of use. Garlic has the relatives of Onion, Leek, Shallot, and Chive. A Garlic's roots are irregular, condensed, and flattened. It has steep & narrow, flat leaves.
The health benifits of Garlic are many. They include smaller benefits like slightly lowering blood pressure to helping prevent cancer, especially of the digestive system. They are also used to fight infectious disorders.
Mythological beliefs stated Garlic was a herb to keep vampires away and werewolves at bay. Brailled Garlic was hung up to ward away evil spirits. A bride-to-be was 'beaten' with Garlic to protect them from future illness and to have healthy children.
**Today, Garlic is used as a common kitchen herb.
***The magickal properties of Garlic are healing, protection, exorcism, repulsion of vampires, and purification of spaces and objects. This is also used to invoke Hecate. Garlic repels negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang Garlic in a home to bring togetherness within the family or keep your will power. Garlic is also said to have warded off bad weather if worn during outside activities. It also has been said that Garlic can ****absorb diseases: rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.
*-Garlic is native to Central Asia
**-Most do not even know Garlic is so much more then they think it is.
***-Garlic is also called Stinkweed
****- Of course, Garlic will not magickally make a disease you have go away.
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