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Garlic is a real pharmacy in the garden. The options for using this plant in folk medicine are countless: treatment and prevention of colds, strengthening of the cardiovascular system, general strengthening of immunity, etc.
Garlic also helps in the treatment of joints. Compresses, tinctures and ointments based on it reduce pain, relieve inflammation and swelling. This article presents remedies for the treatment of joints - tinctures, ointments and compresses on garlic with vegetable oil or iodine.
How does it affect?
Garlic is rich in various vitamins and microelements, but sulfur is especially valuable for the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. It participates in the formation of chondroitin and glucosamine.
These cartilage components provide freedom of movement and painlessness. The lack of these substances leads to such a phenomenon as "joint wear" due to the loss of water in the tissues. One of the first symptoms is the characteristic crunch of joints when bending the knees.
The beneficial effect of garlic on the human body, including the joints, is also due to the content of diallyl sulfide in it, which suppresses the production of enzymes that negatively affect the articular cartilage.
Besides, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) promotes collagen production... He, in turn, is a "building material" for cartilage tissue, is responsible for the flexibility of the joints.
In addition to the listed trace elements, garlic contains phosphorus and calcium, which are necessary for the maintenance of bones and teeth.
Garlic contains quite aggressive active substances. Therefore, despite the fact that this is a natural product, you should not self-medicate. All prescriptions should be used only after consulting a doctor, especially if the treatment is carried out at home.
The proposed remedies for the treatment of joints are used exclusively externally.... However, the possibility of an allergic reaction should not be neglected. Do not apply a garlic based cream if there are wounds on the skin.
A contraindication to the use of garlic compresses and ointments is an increase in body temperature. Garlic is used with caution for arthritis, bursitis, as well as during pregnancy and lactation.
In detail about how useful garlic is and how it is harmful to the human body, we talked about in this article.
How to treat?
There are two types of medicinal garlic tincture: iodine-based and oil-based.
For the preparation of garlic tincture in oil, almost any base unrefined oil is suitable: sunflower (vegetable), linseed, hemp.
Better if it is virgin oil, because it contains the largest amount of useful microelements.
To prepare the tincture, take:
- 200 grams of garlic;
- 500 ml of oil.
- Chop the garlic. You can use a blender, garlic press, or mortar to do this.
- The resulting gruel is poured with oil and placed for 2 weeks in a dark, cool place (not in the refrigerator). It is better to use a glass jar or enamel dish, because essential oils from garlic can react with metal.
- The present oil is filtered through cheesecloth folded several times.
Rub the sore joint with garlic oil at night. Before that, you can do a light massage. The place oiled with oil must be insulated, for example, wrap it with a woolen scarf.
It should be noted that the procedure is repeated every evening for 2 months.
Consider how to use garlic tincture with iodine. This remedy is used not only for the treatment of joints. The tincture can be used to lubricate small open wounds (scratches) and bruises, since both components have excellent antiseptic properties.
Ingredients for tincture:
- 4 cloves of garlic;
- 30 ml of iodine.
- Finely chop the garlic and pour into a dark glass bottle.
- Pour in iodine.
- Leave for a week in a dark place to infuse. Shake the bottle periodically.
Mode of application:
The tincture is applied to the inflamed area 2-3 times a day, it is better to do this with rubber gloves and with a cotton swab, because iodine leaves dark marks on the skin.
We suggest watching a video on how to prepare an infusion of garlic and iodine for the treatment of joints:
To relieve the symptoms of sciatica, osteochondrosis and arthritis, it is fashionable to use a warming garlic and ginger ointment.
For cooking you will need:
- 1 tbsp dry ginger powder;
- 1 head of garlic;
- 1 tbsp melted butter.
- Lightly fry the ginger root in oil.
- Grind the garlic in a mortar until a homogeneous gruel is formed.
- Mix the ingredients and let it brew.
The ointment is used for warming rubbing of diseased areas of the body. After rubbing, it is advisable to wrap yourself in a warm woolen scarf or shawl. The ointment is applied twice a day.
It should be noted that store the product in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool and dark place.
This compress is used to treat sciatica, especially in the stage of its exacerbation.
- 3 large heads of garlic;
- 0.5 l of water.
- Peel the garlic, add water and bring to a boil. Then keep the boiling broth on fire for no longer than 1 minute.
- Crush the garlic cloves to a state of porridge.
Mode of application:
- A cotton towel is folded in half, and garlic gruel is placed inside it.
- This towel is used to cover the entire lumbosacral spine, if sciatica is being treated, or only the sore joint, if this is the problem.
- From above, the waist is wrapped with cellophane film and a woolen scarf, scarf or a special belt. For a secure fixation of the "structure", you can wrap with bandages.
If there is such an opportunity, they are in the compress all day.
Staying with a bandage overnight is not recommended. First, the bandage can come off when tossing and turning. Secondly, the compress will put a lot of pressure on the skin, and this can cause irritation. It is said that this compress relieves radiculitis pain from the very first application.
Using tinctures, ointments or compresses of garlic, you need to remember that this is the plant is rich in essential oils that can cause severe skin irritation... You should not use these funds if there are wounds and scratches, it is better to postpone treatment with folk remedies until these skin lesions heal.
And remember that you should consult your doctor before using traditional medicine. Only he can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment.