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Why You Should Eat & Bathe in Raw Garlic (Literally)

  • Published on: 05 August, 2014
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016

I have a love affair with garlic. I put it on everything and eat it raw (especially on tostones!) While parasite cleansing, Nick and I always make sure we eat raw garlic-filled meals because it is excellent at killing intestinal worms, candida, and so much more.

Why you should eat raw garlic every day:

~ It helps reduce atherosclerotic buildup (plaque) within the arteries.
~ It lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar.
~ Garlic helps to prevent blood clots.
~ Garlic helps to prevent cancer, especially of the digestive system, prevents certain tumors from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumors.
~ It may help to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
~ Raw Garlic is a potent natural antibiotic that works differently than modern antibiotics and kills some strains of bacteria, like staph, that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics.
~ Garlic has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
~ Garlic dramatically reduces yeast infections due to Candida species.
~ Garlic has anti-oxidant properties and is a source of selenium.

Allicin is the “magic bullet” element in garlic from which its many benefits are derived. Allicin from crushed raw garlic is a very strong antibiotic that kills MRSA staph on contact. Staph cannot become immune to it because it kills bacteria by causing their cells to swell and burst rather than blocking chemical receptors like pharmaceutical antibiotics do. One study (Walton, Herbold & Lendegren 1936-1938 – Journal of Food Science) even showed that the vapors alone from nearby crushed raw garlic could kill bacteria up to eight inches away in four hours. Numerous studies have shown that allicin kills cancer cells on contact.

Don’t eat it right away!

It is best to let crushed raw garlic sit for 7 or 14 minutes before eating so that it can form the MAXIMUM amount of allicin in order to have greater antibacterial properties. Eating it immediately will not give you the same benefits.

Increasing the half-life of Allicin: Garlic + Water

Allicin cannot exist for long in the human body and has a half-life of less than ONE minute in blood before being changed into other compounds. However, water stabilizes allicin, and in fact its half-life in water is 28 days, during which time it still possesses antibiotic properties, according to Dr. Larry Lawson (Lawson & Wang, 1994).

A garlic-water enema puts it directly in the colon while still in its most potent antibacterial form and it can kill a lot of bacteria in there. For reasons not yet understood, garlic does not harm the natural friendly flora of the intestinal tract, only the invading cells. Crushed garlic water increases antibiotic potency over time; so soaking your feet in garlic water that’s a few days old will knock out athlete’s foot or toe fungus. When you do a pelvic soak or a body bath in garlic water, the beneficial chemicals go right through the skin and into the subcutaneous areas where there is access to local capillaries and lymphatics as well.


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It’s true! I had a confirmed case of MRSA rapidly growing on my face, but thanks to people like you getting the word out, I tried garlic and honey. I had MRSA a year prior which was a miserable experience including a visit to the ER and painful reaction to the wrong antibiotic. I didn’t want to repeat that again, so I searched the internet for alternatives. The urgent care obtained a positive culture (took 2 days). In the meantime, I applied a garlic compress, made from crushed garlic in a spoon of water soaked up in a 2×2 gauze for 10 min, 3 times/day. Then, I cleaned and covered it with a thin coat of Manuka honey and kept a loose bandage over it until the next cleaning/compress episode. Within 24 hours, you could see that the infection was subsiding (it was scary and ugly). I kept it at it all week – wearing disposable gloves and sterilizing everything possible. By the end of the week, it was well on it’s way to being healed and the naturopath confirmed that it was a tried and true method – even for much larger infections.


Will garlic help constipation and inflammation


What type of herbal supplements do you suggest?


If you bathe in the garlic water – will you reek of garlic after? And how long should you stay in there for?



i don’t know much about garlic except i try to eat it raw once in a while (didn’t know to let it sit out a few minutes, but i’ll try that now too), and i also know that if you take a garlic bath and don’t like the smell..just rinse afterwards (:


Thank you. I may take it for blood pressure and I suffer chronic fatigue syndrome. Its burning my mouth first time I tried it. Any tips?



Your post is a timely cotiirbutnon to the debate

Do not chew but grate it. You can get garlic grater from aliexpress.


Garlic is the best have been eating it for almost 15 years now.

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