Tips&TricksUncovering the surprising health and home benefits of garlic and its discarded peels

Uncovering the surprising health and home benefits of garlic and its discarded peels

Why is it worth collecting garlic peels?
Why is it worth collecting garlic peels?
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1:19 PM EST, February 9, 2024

It's notable that the World Health Organization officially recognizes garlic as a medicinal plant. This recognition stems from its unique composition, which includes over 100 active substances. Foremost, garlic possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. Historically, it's been used to combat various illnesses and bolster the immune system. Regular consumption of garlic also promotes digestive health and can help lower cholesterol levels. Apart from its internal benefits, garlic, including its peels, offer numerous uses around the home and garden.

What purpose do garlic peels serve?

Garlic peels, similar to cloves, are rich in numerous vitamins, quercetin, and pectin. They can assist in lowering cholesterol levels in the body, strengthening blood vessels, and have a detoxifying effect on the body. Moreover, experts suggest that garlic peels can boost metabolism. So, how exactly can we utilize them to reap their full benefits?

Garlic peels aid vegetable storage

Little do people know, garlic peels can be used to create a homemade vegetable preservative. If you wish to prolong the shelf life of stored vegetables, consider sprinkling them with garlic peels. This method effectively shields your vegetables from early decay.

Garlic peel inhalations for clearing congested noses

Struggling with a blocked nose? A quick and effective home remedy is to prepare an inhalation using garlic peels. The method involves heating garlic peels in a pan and inhaling the vapor that emanates from it. Ideally, you should maintain the inhalation for a duration of at least 5 minutes. Despite seeming odd, garlic peel inhalation acts as a respiratory disinfectant and can aid in alleviating coughs. For optimal results, repeat the procedure over several days.

Garlic peels for soothing irritated skin

If you have irritated, sensitive skin, a calming solution could lie in a special brew made from garlic peels. To prepare it, simply toss the peels into a small pot and simmer them under a lid for around 15 minutes. Afterward, allow the mixture to cool for 12 hours before straining out the boiled peels. The final step involves gently massaging the resulting brew into the irritated skin, potentially using a cotton pad soaked in the brew.

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