How the Garlic can be Used as an Herb in Ayurveda?

How the Garlic can be Used as an Herb in Ayurveda?

Has Garlic (Allium Sativum) been described as a nutrition rich food? Is it a herb with medicinal value? Is Garlic (Lahasun) an antiseptic, a beauty accessory and a magical antidote to a human body?

Generally, we people see in our home a whitish, a glistering and a transparent covering bulb looks like an Onion, consists of cloves called Garlic (Lahasun). Garlic (Allium Sativum) belongs to the onion family. It is an important relish crop. Garlic is one of the upright annual herbs with medicinal value i.e. a plant that only lasts for a year. It has extrinsic roots and short, flat stem and narrow, flat leaves. The bulb consists of 6 to 35 bulblets called cloves.

Botanical Name: – Allium Sativum

Indian Name: – Lahasun

Garlic (Allium Sativum, Lahasun) is a nutrition rich food. Due to its tremendous benefits Garlic has been used to cure various health issues for thousands of years in Ayurveda treatment. In this article, we unveil some facts about Garlic and its uses as a Herb in Ayurveda.


  • Origin and Distribution of Garlic
  • Food Value of Garlic
  • Nutritional Value of Garlic
  • Natural Cures and Remedies of Garlic
  • Garlic as a Medicinal Plant and Its Uses
  • Garlic as an Herb in Ayurveda

Lahasun has several healing properties. The undesirable odor of the garlic has a great distasteful feature and has a great amount of sulfur content. Allium Sativum has the volatile oil called Allyl Sulphate, has superb remedial value as the oil has great antiseptic properties.

 #1 Origin and Distribution of Garlic

Garlic is originated from Central Asia. It continues to be one of the regular items of the Indian diet. It is also grown in China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Lahasun is used both as a staple food and as an herbal medicine for several ailments. It is widely grown all over the world like India, Philippines, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, and Mexico.

#2 Food Value of Garlic

Garlic has been held high value for nutritious food and health qualities all over the world. The man who had recognized the health properties of the Allium Sativum was Khnoum Khoufouf, the builder of the oldest pyramids. His workers took the Allium Sativum every day so they could maintain their health and strength. A report shows that Lahasun has a high percentage of minerals and vitamins. It also has iodine, sulfur, and chlorine. These three types of halogens are present in the Lahasun.

#3 Nutritional Value of Garlic

nutritional value of Garlic

Food value                              Minerals and Vitamins

Moisture       62%                    Calcium          30 mg

Protein          6.3%                   Phosphorous   310 mg

Fat                0.1%                     Iron                 1.3 mg

Minerals       1.0%                  Vitamin C         13 mg

Fibre              0.8%                 Small amount of

Carbohydrates 29.8%              vitamin B complex

Calorific value 145


#4 Natural Cures and Remedies of Garlic

Allium Sativum has been used as herbal medicine in the treatment of Asthma, deafness, leprosy, bronchial congestion, arteriosclerosis, fevers, worms and liver, and gallbladder troubles. Bhagwat, an Ancient Indian Ayurveda Saint said ‘Garlic is good for the heart, food for the hair, a stimulant to appetite, a strengthening food’ useful in leukoderma, leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders, asthma, and cough.

#5 Garlic as a Medicinal Plant and Its Uses

The oil present in the Lahasun is also great for the lungs, skin, and kidneys and liver. This allyl sulfide oxidizes the sulphonic acid in the body. Garlic easily absorbs and penetrates in the skin tissues when it is applied. Allium Sativum has the best medicinal body effect whether it is skin, lung, kidneys, glands, and bones.

#6 Garlic as an Rejuvenator

Lehsun also acts as Rejuvenator. It improves the removal of the body toxins, quickens the blood circulation and normalizes intestinal flora. Garlic juice has great influence on the entire body system. Lahsun juice consists of ethers and these are so powerful and easily enters in the sinus cavities, in the bronchial tubes, and in the lungs. It also helps in the removal of toxins from the body through the skin pores.

 #7 Garlic as an Herb in Ayurveda

Garlic is one of the important Herbs in Ayurveda. It heals a number of health problems. It acts as an antidote to the human body, a herb with medicinal value.

  1. Chest Diseases

Herb for Chest Diseases

Lehsun is so effective to cure the Diseases of the Chest [1]. It reduces the foul odor of breath in the pulmonary gangrene. The use of Garlic in the Tuberculosis (TB) of the lungs have great results. If you use the Lahsun in the sufficient amount. It cures pneumonia effectively by decreasing the temperature of the body and the pulse or the respiration. You can also apply garlic externally on the chest to cure the Chest Diseases.

a) The Dosage of Garlic for Chest Diseases

Prepare Kada i.e. kwath of the Allium Sativum by boiling the cloves of Garlic into the milk. It is great medicine for TB. Take 4 cloves of Lahasun and peel them, crush them and roast in the two teaspoonfuls of desi ghee then add 200-gm of milk and 100 gm of water to it and boil all the ingredients till one-fourth of the mixture remains. Take this mixture thrice a day.

  1. To Cure Asthma

 Herb for Asthma

Take the pod of Lahasun and peel it, crush them and boiled in the 120 ml of pure malt vinegar, after cooling it, strain it and add an equal amount of honey to it and keep it into the clean glass bottle. Take the one or two teaspoons of this mixture in the evening and you see it is very effective towards the Asthma. In the Ayurveda, to cure the Asthma take the three-four cloves of the Garlic and boil it with the 200 gm of milk when the one-fourth remained of it, take it every night.

  1. Digestive Disorders

It is the best medicine for the digestive system. Lehsun has a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in the removal of toxic waste matter in the body. It triggers the peristaltic and the secretion of the digestive juices.

a)  Dosage to Cure Digestive Disorders

Take some cloves of Lahsun, crushed them and boil them in the milk and take that mixture for all types of digestive disorders. Allium Sativum has great antiseptic properties and an excellent medicine for the infectious diseases and the tenderness of the stomach and the intestine. The allyl sulfate oil which is present in the Allium Sativum easily absorbs the alimentary tract.  Therefore it is easily removable in the form of urine.

  1. For Diarrhoea, Worm Expeller and Dysentery

Herb for Diarrohea

Take the one full bulb of the Lehsun and boil it in the milk or water. And make a thick paste of it. Take three times in a day to cure-all intestine related problems and for curing the diarrhea, dysentery. It is the best medicine for intestinal disorders and to expel out the worms from the stomach.

  1. Ayurvedic Medicine for Skin Diseases

Lahsun is one of the best home remedies to cure skin diseases. Pimples disappear without leaving a scar when rubbed with raw Garlic. It is a beautiful accessory and has antiseptic properties. Even a very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults, has been healed with Allium Sativum. The external use of Garlic helps to clear the spots of skin and pimples. By taking the Lahasun orally also purifies the bloodstream to secure a long-term clearance of the skin. A regular course of three cloves of Lehsun per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly.

You can also use Allium Sativum in the daily cooked food by roasting it with some cloves of Garlic in the ghee. And mix it with food you ever made. Take this you will see the results ever.  But you can get the best results if you take the roasted Lahasun in desi ghee and boil it with milk. I have also applied this method. And it shows results immediately within 24 hours.

NOTE – Some people have allergy from Garlic so use it carefully according to your health conditions.


[1] Health Line

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