Allium sativum

Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic,
expectorant, hypolipidemic, hypotensive, immune stimulant

Anyone who has ever eaten an Italian meal has tasted garlic. It’s a stinky, pungent bulb but it tastes oh-so-delicious!

And it is an excellent herb to add to our Cold and Flu season list.

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine for literally thousands of years. It is a member of the onion family but much stronger. Garlic can be grown in most climates, although not all varieties in all climates. There are short day, long day, intermediate day types… soft neck, hard neck, etc., etc. There is even a variety called Elephant Garlic which is much milder and absolutely HUGE.

For our purposes, the stronger, smellier types are best.