Garlic is a superstar of the kitchen, adding flavor to just about any dish you can cook up. Though eating garlic, to some, may be enough, according to ecosalon.com, there are dozens of other uses for garlic that you may find surprising. Even if you do not like the taste (or odor) of garlic, you may want to keep a few cloves around the house at all times – just in case you need them to
Fix Cracks in Broken Glass
Garlic juice is a natural adhesive. If you have a window that has hairline cracks in it, crush up a clove of garlic, rub the juices into the crack and wipe off the excess. This should hold those little cracks together.
Help Clear Acne
Though applying thin slices of fresh garlic to your skin may not smell the greatest, garlic has antibacterial properties that are known to help lessen the appearance of acne and even treat deep acne cysts.
Some people have even made skin cleansers out of garlic by making a paste of finely minced garlic, olive oil, facial cleanser and sugar. Though it is said to clear acne, it is also said to burn – so take care of any open wounds first!
Most bug repellants are full of nasty chemicals, like DEET, that can sink into your skin. Instead, try this effective, natural spray: Mince a few cloves of garlic and allow them to infuse an ounce of mineral oil for 24 hours, strain and mix the garlic scented oil with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. If need be, strain again and pour into a spray bottle!
Ease a Sore Throat
Garlic can be used as cough syrup, easing inflammation and clearing up excess mucus. To do this, just steep raw, minced garlic in hot water, straining it and drinking it as you would tea. To help with the taste, add ginger or honey.
Heal Ear Infections
The aforementioned antibacterial properties of garlic can kill the bacteria that cause ear infections. Most natural health food stores sell garlic oil that is made to be dropped into the ear for this specific purpose. However, if you cannot find it, you can make some yourself by crushing a clove of garlic with a press and placing it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. After straining the oil and allowing it to cool, you can put a few drops into your ear canal.