As we know that garlic is only useful for cooking in the kitchen. The fact is many properties and content of garlic very beneficial to our bodies.

A. About Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is an annually herbal which has height of about 60 cm. This plant is widely planted in the fields in mountain areas that received enough sunlight. Pseudo stems and
green stalks. Each leather-wrapped cloves if sliced thin and very sharp odor. The flowers are white, long-stemmed and form an umbrella.

B. Garlic Classification

Classification of garlic:
Division: Spermatophyta
Sub Division: Angiospermae
Class: Monocotyledonae
Nation: Liliales
Tribe: Liliaceae
Surname: Allium
Type: Allium sativum
Common name: garlic
Name of area:
Sumatra: garlic (Malays), lasun (Aceh), garlic (Minangkabau), lasuna (Batak), Bacong hedgehog (Lampung).
Java: onion Bodas (Sunda), onions (Java), gaping pole (Madura).
Borneo: onion kasihong (Dayak).
Sulawesi: lasuna kebo (Makasar), lasuna Pote (Bugis), pia moputi (Gorontalo).
Nusa Tenggara: Incuna.

C. Chemical Properties of Garlic

Garlic contains volatile oil, which is anti-bacterial and antiseptic that can prevent coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and others. Stem tubers contain substances:
1. Calcium: is calm making it suitable as a prevention of hypertension.
2. Saltivine: could accelerate the growth of cells and tissues and stimulates nerve cell structure.
3. Diallysulfide, alilpropil-disulfide: anti-worm.
4. Sulfur
5. Protein
6. Fat
7. Phosphorus
8. Iron
9. Vitamin A, B1 and C.

D. Garlic Benefits

Garlic can be used for alternative medicine as follows:

a. flu and cough.
Raw garlic contains phytochemicals that may help kill bacteria and viruses that cause disease. In 1992, researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah reported that mashed garlic in oil to kill not only kill rhinivirus type 2 (causes flu), but also kill the 2 types of herpes (infectious skin disease) and some other common viruses.

How do I use it? Eat garlic as much as possible as soon as you feel sick or add garlic to the food. You can also make a cough medicine with this recipe: Mash garlic and input into the cold milk in a saucepan, and heat about 1-2 minutes, and drink warm.

b. Cholesterol
Now there are more than 12 studies published worldwide that ensure that the garlic in various forms can reduce cholesterol. Therefore, it can be concluded that garlic can cure high blood pressure, heart disease. Garlic supplements is an important part in healing high cholesterol. Decrease occurred for 12% of the total cholesterol. This decrease occurred after 4 weeks of treatment.

c. Cancer
Garlic also has content to fight the cancer, particularly cancers of the stomach and intestines. Organosulfida contained in garlic help the liver to process toxic chemicals, including chemicals that cause cancer of some epidemiological studies show that people who consume lots of garlic, lower the risk of getting cancer of the stomach and intestines. To ensure that you get maximum results, first recommended to allow onion slices or collision for at least 10 minutes, giving time onions were formed contents that help fight cancer.

d. Pregnancy
Recent research shows that consuming garlic during pregnancy reduces the risk of pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure protein in the urine). The studies also revealed that garlic also helps increase weight than babies who are too small. Pre-eclampsia and growth retardation is a complex condition, consuming garlic tablets by default during pregnancy can reduce the possibilities of complications at birth. They focused on growth retardation in infants and pre-eclampsia, a very dangerous condition for mother and child that occurs in approximately one of ten pregnancies.

e. As a Healer Hemorrhoid
First clean the anus and the surrounding area with warm water and soap, apply the juice / some garlic cloves that have been crushed as much as 3-5 times of the rectum which had been cleared, wait a few minutes and then wash.

f. Increase Stamina
Garlic can be a source of physical strength. Although before they are rarely sick, they are suddenly vulnerable to the flu, peoples like that primarily requires stamina builder power contained in garlic. The people who tire easily should increase their stamina by eating a little garlic each day in a long time. The way is we can combine in our food processing and swallow.

g. Controlling the Symptoms of Diabetes
Diabetes is an inherited disease characterized by not enough insulin in the body, as a result of excess sugar in the blood and urine, and a great hunger and thirst. Use garlic in your diet wisely is one way to get the greatest benefit from the food you eat is thus contribute to a good body condition.

E. The influence of Garlic
As a result of consuming too much garlic makes our breath to smell, to reduce it we can do the following ways are:
1. Drinking strong tea or coffee after eat garlic
2. chewing lime
3. Balance with food made from protein, liver, and eggs
4. Using garlic boiled way in advance or made pickles

Consuming garlic should not be eat at raw condition, because it can interfere with the stomach. Therefore it is recommended that first garlic boiled, fried, or grilled before eating. But garlic may not be used in any form when there is disease in the stomach and large intestine.