The use of garlic in general can confer many health benefits, but when processed in to make garlic oil, this powerful herb can be used in additional ways.
Garlic oil benefits may be acquired through both oral or topical use. Garlic oil can be made two different ways: firstly, it can be crushed and allowed to soak in vegetable oil or secondly, it may be steam distilled. The way garlic oil is manufactured will influence the active components present in the final product. Garlic allowed to soak in vegetable oil will contain more fat soluble components whereas distilled garlic oil will contain more water soluable components.
Orally, garlic oil benefits generally include those obtained by eating raw garlic or taking powdered capsules. Garlic oil benefits may include protection against cardiovascular disease, colds, influenza, inflammation, cancer, and even gastrointestinal complaints.
Garlic oil benefits expand when applied topically. Topical garlic oil benefits may include anti-fungal and antibiotic effects. There have been some studies to show that garlic oil benefits include the effective cure of athelete's foot when used topically on soldiers for one to two weeks. In addition, topical garlic oil benefits may include antibacterial effects against staphlococcus (staph) bacteria that live on the skin, including staph that is resistant to penicillin antibiotics such as MRSA (methacillin resistant staphylococcus aureus).
Although garlic oil benefits are many, it can have some adverse effects as well. For instance, when taken orally, garlic oil can cause upset stomach, halitosis, and an increased risk of bleeding. Topically it can cause dermatitis or skin irritation. In general, however, when used appropriately, garlic oil benefits outweigh the risks.
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