3 February 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Garlic Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Garlic oil is great for hair and skin, and can also help to manage tooth pain.
Garlic’s reach is one of the widest of all natural remedies.
With first uses recorded around 2700 BCE, historians debate whether garlic first appeared in the traditional medical systems of the Sumerians or the Chinese – either way, it wasn’t long before use of garlic in medicine spread throughout Ancient Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. It was also reported to be grown in the gardens of Babylon. Garlic’s medicinal properties are still well understood today, and the oil is most commonly used to treat toothache.
Garlic essential oil can help manage tooth pain.
Garlic’s effect on toothache is so well-documented that many dentists recommend using garlic as an alternative to painkillers to help combat tooth pain. This effect is due to a compound in garlic called allicin, which has strong antimicrobial properties and can help to kill some of the bacteria associated with tooth pain and tooth decay. Allicin also helps to control inflammation that may be contributing to the pain. Applying a small amount of diluted garlic oil on a cotton ball and holding it against the affected tooth may help to sooth the area and reduce pain.
It can help control cholesterol.
Garlic oil can assist in reducing cholesterol levels, blood triglycerides, and creation of arterial plaque. It can remove the excess deposits of water, fat, salts, and other toxic substances, promoting overall health. Applying a small amount of diluted garlic oil can help to achieve these effects. We do not recommend taking garlic oil internally without contacting a medical professional.
It’s great for the skin.
A study conducted in 2014 showed that garlic has strong antifungal properties. This allows it to not only treat well-known conditions like candida and athlete’s foot, but also prevents the growth of dermatophytes in general. Dermatophytes are fungi that require keratin for growth and so are often found on skin.
Using diluted garlic oil on the skin can not only help to protect against dermatophytes, but it can also help to reduce the appearance of acne. This is due to garlic oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which allow it to reduce the appearance of redness and attack harmful bacteria.
It can promote hair growth.
Garlic is rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and sulphur. These components all help to prevent scalp-related diseases and keep hair healthy. Garlic oil is known in particular for its ability to treat dandruff and inhibit itching, and it also increases circulation to the scalp, promoting hair growth. These two effects together can lead to a headful of thicker, cleaner hair. Remember to always dilute the oil before applying it to the scalp.
Garlic oil has survived the test of time throughout medical history partly because of its potency. This means that the oil can have very strong effects, but it also means that one drop goes a long way, and it is important to dilute the oil before using. This powerful oil isn’t one to be afraid of, however – garlic is a wonderfully healing, boosting oil that makes a great addition to both medicinal and cosmetic collections.
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