5 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Garlic

19th Apr 2014 / By Bilan Jenkins
5 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Garlic

Today is National Garlic Day and there’s no better way to pay homage to “the stinking rose” than to discuss its invaluable contribution to beauty. You’d be surprised to learn of the non-culinary benefits that garlic has to offer. From here on out, try to forget about garlic’s pungent odor and consider some of these amazing affects it can have on your physical appearance.

Acne Spot Treatment
When broken down, garlic produces an active ingredient named Allicin. This ingredient is known to be antimicrobial and inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as the bacteria that cause acne break outs.

Tip: Remove the skin from a garlic pod. Slice/mash the garlic and mix it with a diluting agent such as water or aloe vera.  Apply the garlic mix to your blemish and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Lastly, wash mixture off.

Nail Growth
Studies have linked weak nails to low selenium levels. Garlic is high in selenium and is believed to aid in the growth of stronger nails.

Tip: Finely chop garlic and apply it to your clear nail polish. Keep the bottle closed for 7-10 days before using.  Apply as desired.

Athletes Foot
A component of garlic known as ajoene can kill microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria when directly applied. Evidence proves that the topical use of garlic may treat fungal infections of the skin.

Tip: Soak your feet for 30 minutes in a footbath consisting of water and crushed garlic. Repeat as needed.

Hair Growth
Garlic is said to encourage blood flow in the scalp, resulting in a nourished scalp. A healthy scalp promotes the growth of luscious locks.

Tip: Add a clove of garlic to your favorite shampoo or conditioner. To reduce the smell, try adding a bit of honey which also acts as a natural conditioning agent.

Reduce Stretch Marks
When sulfur works with the body’s B vitamins, it helps improve the skins elasticity. Garlic has high sulfur content and is said to tone and smooth the skin.

Tip: Combine the liquid from smashed garlic to massage oil (i.e. olive or coconut oil). Warm the mixture and gently massage into skin as needed.

– Bilan J.

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