Essential Oil Garlic (15ml)
Essential Oil Garlic
Aroma: Hot, pungent, spicy, very strong.
Traditional Use: Culinary, medicinal, wards off evil!
Properties: antiseptic, antibacterial, decongestant, detoxifying
How to Use: Diluted well, topcial, therapeutic, culinary.
Blends well with: Asafoetida, Basil Sweet, Chili, Cumin and Rosemary.
Safety: Extremely powerful so you must dilute really well for any application.
HISTORY OF USE
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as when the Giza pyramids were built. Garlic is still grown in Egypt. Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the use of garlic for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Its use in China dates back to 2000 BCE.
The phytochemicals responsible for the sharp flavour of garlic are produced when the plant’s cells are damaged. When a cell is broken by chopping, chewing, or crushing, enzymes stored in cell vacuoles trigger the breakdown of several sulfur-containing compounds stored in the cell fluids (cytosol). The resultant compounds are responsible for the sharp or hot taste and strong smell of garlic. Some of the compounds are unstable and continue to react over time. Among the members of the onion family, garlic has by far the highest concentrations of initial reaction products, making garlic much more potent than onion, shallot, or leeks. Although many humans enjoy the taste of garlic, these compounds are believed to have evolved as a defensive mechanism, deterring animals such as birds, insects, and worms from eating the plant.
A large number of sulfur compounds contribute to the smell and taste of garlic. Allicin has been found to be the compound most responsible for the “hot” sensation of raw garlic. This chemical opens thermo-transient receptor potential channels that are responsible for the burning sense of heat in foods. The process of cooking garlic removes allicin, thus mellowing its spiciness.
The essential oil content of garlic cloves is 0.2-0.5% and consists of a variety of compounds. It is obtained by steam distillation of garlic. Commercially available garlic oil capsules contain vegetable oil and a small amount of garlic essential oil because of the pungent odours.
Garlic Oil Benefits
Garlic oil is one of the essential oils that is used internally. It helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and protects the heart. It also helps treat recurrent respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections and skin blemishes.
Caution: MUST BE DILUTED WELL!
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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