Botanical Name: Allium sativum
Components: A cousin of the onion, this plant produces long, flat, pointy leaves and pinkish white flowers. It is native to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe but now grows naturally in the United States.
Overview: One of the most popular seasonings and herbal medicines of all time, garlic has been used all over the world since ancient times as a food, powerful healer, and magical protector. Chock full of medicinal properties, the bulb contains around 70 active ingredients with a broad range of therapeutic capabilities. One of the best plants for treating heart and circulatory problems, it lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels. Garlic may lower cancer risk, particularly in the gastrointestinal system. The antioxidants in garlic boost the immune system and destroy many parasites, fungi, and viruses within the body. Many believe in the protective powers of garlic, as it has been used to guard against illness, absorb negative energy, and ward off evil spirits.
Uses: The fresh bulb is used for cooking, juicing, or making an infused oil. Dried and powdered, the bulb is used for cooking and can be encapsulated.