Homemade Garlic Remedies and Solutions

Antibacterial Garlic Ear Drops

Earaches can be excruciating, but garlic can help to soothe an ear infection before it takes hold. Try these easy to make garlic ear drops, and attack the problem from the inside too by eating plenty of garlic in your meals.

You will need:

  • A clove of garlic
  • A few teaspoons of olive oil
  • A small glass
  • An ear dropper
  • Cotton wool

How to make antibacterial garlic ear drops:

  • Squeeze a clove of garlic to extract the juice.
  • Put the olive oil into the glass and gently warm with your hands for a few moments.
  • Add the garlic juice to the olive oil and mix well.
  • Using the ear dropper, drop a few drops of the mixture into your ear, with your ear facing upwards.
  • Keep your head tilted for a couple of minutes, then straighten your head again and let the oil drain into the cotton wool.
  • Repeat daily until symptoms ease, but if symptoms do not improve or get worse, consult your doctor.

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Garlic Acne-Busting Face Mask

Garlic’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities make it the perfect ingredient for an acne fighting face mask. This easy to make mask smells delicious and will do wonders to help clear up troublesome skin, reaching right down into the pores. For best results, use every other day to clear an acne breakout, and weekly thereafter to help keep skin in great condition.

You will need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal

How to make garlic acne-busting face mask:

  • Chop the cloves of garlic into tiny pieces.
  • Put the garlic, honey and tea tree oil into a blender and blend thoroughly.
  • Stir the blended mixture into the cornmeal.
  • Apply evenly onto the face and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off.
  • Splash your skin with cold water to close the pores.

Garlic Tea

As you can imagine, garlic tea can be an acquired taste! However, this easy to make tea is useful for a whole host of conditions and ailments, from coughs, colds and flu to digestion problems, stress and all round fatigue.

You will need:

  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • A lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated raw ginger
  • 5 cups boiled water

How to make garlic tea:

  • Boil the water.
  • While the water is heating, crush the garlic clove and grate the ginger.
  • Squeeze the lemon, extracting as much juice as possible.
  • Remove the water from the heat, and all the garlic, lemon juice and grated ginger.
  • Leave the tea to steep for half an hour.
  • Strain the tea, reserving only the liquid.
  • Drink all five cups within 24 hours for maximum effect – either drink it cold (it’s surprisingly good chilled) or reheat gently for a few moments.

As we’ve seen, garlic can be a tremendously useful addition to your medicine chest, whether you eat it, brew it, mash it up and apply it or work any other kind of garlicky magic with it. It should be noted, though, that garlic has been shown to interact with warfarin and antiplatelet medication, so if you are taking this kind of medication, do not exceed the normal culinary amount of garlic without taking medical advice first.

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