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Garlic is one of the most intensively used herbs both as food and as a medicine. The ancient Egyptians used garlic in many ways, garlic were eaten, both as food and to repel agents of diseases.As a medicine Egyptians thought garlic and onions aided endurance, and consumed large quantities of them.
Its common name is garlic or poor manís treacle. Its botanical name is Allium sativum. Its Arabic name is Thoam or Thoum.


Medicinal uses are various and much impressive. Results of both clinical and laboratory studies, point out the protective value of garlic against lots of diseases of the modern world. Thus it acts as an antiseptic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and also stimulant. The protective actions also include heart disease, cancer and many infectious diseases.
The action of garlic although not clearly known how, involve lowering cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, cancer prevention, antioxidant effects, treating infection and enhancing immune function.
One of the most traditional uses of garlic is for colds and flu. It has also antimicrobial activity against antibiotic resistant strains of staphylococcus, proteus, Escherichia and pseudomonas bacteria that causes severe chest infections.



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