Find Out Why She Keeps Garlic Under Her Son’s Pillow
When a story was released about a woman placing a clove of garlic under her son’s pillow every night, it was met with mixed reaction. Those who didn’t bother to read the entire article assumed it was some form of witchcraft ritual to keep the evil spirits away during the night. Other ridiculed it as an ignorant attempt to make sure death wouldn’t visit her son while he slept.
In truth, there’s a logical explanation for the garlic under the pillow: it centers around maintaining good health.
The use of herbs and plants as medical healers goes way back to the ancient times. In particular, Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine, used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Today, modern science seems to agree with the ancient Greek. Tests and studies have confirmed many of the healthy benefits of the pungent-smelling clove listed below:
Most of the health effects in garlic are caused by the sulfur compound allicin, which also gives the clove its distinctive odor. The allicin compound enters the body through the digestive tract where it is disseminated throughout the body via the blood stream.
2. Garlic Is Highly Nutritious With Very Few Calories
Garlic is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese while low in calories. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. One ounce (28 grams) of garlic contains:
• Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
• Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
• Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
• Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
3. Garlic Combats Sickness, Helps Prevent Colds
Studies show that garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system and ward off colds.
One experiment found that the number of common colds in the study group was reduced by 63 percent for those who took a daily garlic supplement, and for those who did catch a cold, the average length of the ailment was reduced by nearly 70 per cent.