Garlic is a vegetable that belongs to Onion genus Allium. It is very closely related to other vegetables like onions, shallots, chive, and Chinese Onion etc. It was originally cultivated in Central Asia and Northeastern Iran but is now cultivated in many regions of the world. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. it provides a number of benefits for our health. But it should also be noted that benefits of garlic are not just limited to health, as there are also some beauty benefits of garlic . In this article, we will know about the major beauty benefits of garlics for skin and hair, but first let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of garlic.
Nutrition Chart of Garlic
Beauty Benefits of Garlic
Beauty Benefits of Garlic For Skin
(1) Is Effective In The Treatment of Acne And Pimples
Acne is a major skin problem that affects millions of people all over the world. The exact cause of acne is unknown but it said to get propagated by the dirt, impurities and other toxic materials present in the skin pores.
It has been found that garlic is beneficial not just for our health but also for our skin as it is very effective in the treatment of garlic. This benefit of garlic is mainly due to the presence of vital nutrients like vitamins and minerals in it.
Eating garlic on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very effective in protecting our skin cells and the body tissues from the oxidative damage, as it fights with the free radicals of our body, and stabilizes them.
In addition to the oral consumption, topical application of garlic has been found to be effective in the treatment of skin problems like acne and pimples. There are many ways, garlic can be used to treat skin problems, and some of these are
(a) Take a freshly cut garlic clove pod, and squeeze it with pressure to release some juice. Now gently rub this garlic pod on the affected area and wash off with cold water. This will help in reducing the pain and swelling of the affected area and is also good in fighting with acne.
(b) Another method of using garlic against acne is to take some freshly cut garlic cloves and squeeze them to form juice. Now add white vinegar to this juice in equal proportion and mix them thoroughly. This juice can be now applied to the affected area to get rid of the skin problems like acne. The white vinegar present in the juice helps in maintaining the pH balance of our skin and the garlic is effective in fighting against infection.
By regulating our pH level and fighting against infections, it plays a significant role in fighting against acne and other skin problems.
(c) Not everyone is comfortable with topical application of raw garlic cloves or garlic juice on their skin. This is because of the stingy nature of garlic that causes a burning sensation when applied on the skin. If you are one of those who can’t bear the sting caused by the topical application of garlic, then garlic honey face mask is best for you.
For this, take some freshly peeled garlic cloves and crush them thoroughly to form a fine paste. Now add a half tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of yogurt to it. Mix all the ingredients together to form a fine paste. This mixture can be now applied to the skin as a face mask to get rid of the acne, pimples and other skin problems. The Yogurt and the honey present in the face mask also help in providing moisturization to our skin and keep it soft and supple.
If raw garlic is not available, then garlic oil or garlic powder can also be used as a substitute. However, make sure that you don’t use more than two to three drops of garlic oil and half tablespoon of garlic powder.
(d) Another method of using garlic for treating acne is by taking four to five pieces of peeled raw garlic and crushing them thoroughly to form a fine paste. Now, boil 250 ml of water, and as soon as it comes to boiling, add crushed garlic to it. Let the mixture boil for 30-35 minutes, while always ensuring that garlic is always submerged in the water.
When the boiling of mixture gets complete, let it cool down till the lukewarm level.
Now, this mixture can be applied on the entire skin with the help of mallet or a rolling pin. Just make sure that you apply the mixture only when it gets lukewarm. If it’s too hot, it will burn your face, and if it’s too cold, it won’t be so effective.
(2) Is Effective In The Removal of Blackhead And Whitehead
Another important beauty benefit of garlic is their ability to help in the removal of blackheads and whiteheads.
For this, crush two to three fresh garlic cloves and add one tablespoon of oatmeal, one to two drops of tea tree oil and a half teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and add honey to it, to form a fine paste.
Now spread a thin layer of this paste on your skin ( just make sure it is clean) and let it air dry for four to five minutes. After this wash off your face with warm water. Applying this face mask for at least thrice in a week results in a visible reduction of blackheads and whiteheads from our skin.
Also, the other ingredients like honey and yogurt present in the facemask provide nourishment and moisturization to our skin and thus helps in keeping our skin soft and supple.
(3) Keeps Premature Ageing At Bay
Garlic is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients etc. that plays an important role in keeping our skin healthy.
The antioxidants and the antioxidantal compounds present in the garlic, fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and thus cause oxidative damage to them.
By preventing our skin cells from the oxidative damage, garlic not only reduces the risk of development of skin cancer but also plays an important role in keeping premature aging at bay as it reduces the signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots etc.
In addition to the antioxidants, garlic is also a good source of sulfur which is an important compound that boosts the production of collagen in our body. Collagen is an important protein that is found in abundance in the connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones etc. It is vital for keeping us healthy and provides strength and elasticity to our body cells and tissues. The sulfur present in the garlic boosts collagen level in our body, and this reduces the risk of development of wrinkles, fine lines etc.
Other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, polyphenols etc. present in the garlic play an important role in keeping our skin healthy as they provide proper nourishment to our skin.
(4) Aids in Minimization of Enlarged Skin Pores
Our skin pores play an important role in keeping our skin healthy as they remove skin impurities and other toxins from our body in the form of sweating. Also, it is the skin pores that aids in providing nourishment to our skin. However, sometimes they get clogged with external impurities like dirt, pollutants etc. and this can give rise to many skin problems like acne, pimples etc.
This situation can get worse when the skin pores get enlarged due to aging. Garlic has been found to be very effective in minimizing the enlarged skin pores.
For this, take three to four pods of garlic and add half a tomato to it. Mash them together to form a fine paste. Now, spread a thin layer of this paste on your face. Let it air dry for twenty minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Regular application will not only minimizes the enlarged skin pores but will also make your skin soft, supple and radiant.
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(5) Helps In Removing Stretch Marks
Well, you can’t do much when it comes to the appearance of stretch marks but you can definitely use garlic to get rid of them. Topical application of garlic is very effective in reducing and vanishing stretch marks.
For this, take some freshly squeezed juice of crushed garlic clove and add it to hot oil. Mix it thoroughly and use this hot oil for massaging. Regular massaging will help in the noticeable reduction of stretch marks within few weeks. If garlic juice is not available, then garlic oil can also be used as a substitute. Just make sure that you don’t add more than half teaspoon of garlic oil.
This stretch mark removal benefit of garlic is mainly due to the presence of compounds like allicin and sulfur in it. These compounds increase the elasticity of our skin and thus prevents stretch marks from occurring.
(6) Good For Nails
Beauty benefits of garlic are not just limited to skin and hair, but also extends towards nail. It has been found that topical application of garlic is very effective in getting rid of dull and brittle nails. This benefit of garlic is mainly because of the antibacterial and antifungal properties of garlic. It helps in preventing any kind of cuticle infections and thus keeps our nails healthy.
In addition to this, garlic can also be used for getting rid of the yellowness of nails. For this, whack some garlic cloves using a mallet to obtain juice. Now, rub the mashed garlic cloves on your nails. Repeating the same at least two times a week will make your nails long and strong, and will also remove the yellowness from them.
Also, few drops of garlic oil or garlic juice can be added to your regular cuticle cream or lotion to enjoy the same benefits of garlic for nails.
(7) Prevents Outbreak Of Psoriasis
Garlic can also be used for soothing the painful outbreaks of psoriasis. This benefit of garlic is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which carries anti-inflammatory properties and is very effective in providing relief from the pain and the inflammation caused by the inflammatory diseases like psoriasis etc.
For this, take some garlic oil and gently rub them on the affected area. This will help in getting rid of the uncomfortable and painful psoriasis outbreaks and will make your skin soft, smooth and free from rashes.
(8) Effective In Treating Athlete’s Foot
The anti-fungal properties of garlic make it very effective for treating athlete’s foot. For this, take a large bowl or a bucket of warm water and add crushed garlic to it. Now, soak your feet in this water for a good time. Regular use will help in getting rid of the itchy athlete’s foot.
Beauty Benefits of Garlic For Hair
(1) Promotes Hair Growth
Garlic is good not just for our health and skin but is equally beneficial in keeping our hair healthy. This is because of the presence of vital nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols etc. in them.
Eating garlic on a regular basis and as well as the topical application of garlic has been found to be very effective in promoting hair growth. This is because of the abundance of copper in it. Copper is a vital mineral that plays an essential role in the hair growth as it helps in getting rid of the harmful substances from our head. It is also effective in strengthening our hair follicles and improves blood flow to the hair follicles.
(2) Reduces Hair Loss
Garlic is good not only in promoting hair growth but also for controlling hair loss problem. This benefit of garlic is mainly due to the presence of compound “Allicin” in it.
For using garlic for hair loss treatment, take few freshly cut garlic clove slices and rub them on your scalp. This will provide nourishment to your scalp, will increase blood circulation in the scalp and will thus help in treating hair loss.
In addition to this, you can also soak some garlic cloves to olive oil for at least a week. Now, this oil can be used for hair massage for treating problems like hair loss.
Along with the allicin, garlic is also a good source of antioxidants that fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, including the hair follicles and scalp. By preventing our hair and scalp from the oxidative damage, it reduces the risk of premature graying of hair, hair loss etc.
(3) Helps In The Treatment of Dandruff
Dandruff is a common hair problem that affects millions of people all over the world. We try many methods to get rid of dandruff, but it loves to come back like a boomerang and haunt us.
It has been observed that natural remedy of treating dandruff is much more effective in comparison to chemically laden anti-dandruff shampoos and stuff.
Garlic has been found to be very effective in treating dandruff because of the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Also, it is rich in sulfur which plays an important role in preventing infection of the scalp, and also reduces the severity of dandruff.
(4) Prevents Premature Greying of Hair
Heat 3-4 garlic cloves with coconut oil and fresh grounded black pepper. Let it cool and apply on the wet hair as a mask. Keep for 20 minutes and then wash your hair as usual.
Garlic can also be used for treating premature graying of hair. This benefit of garlic is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative stress to our hair follicles and scalp. By doing so, they reduce the risk of premature graying of hair and also prevents our hair from becoming dull and brittle.
Not just eating garlic, but also the topical application of garlic is effective in treating gray hairs. For this, heat three to four garlic cloves along with coconut oil and fresh grounded black pepper. Now, let the oil cool and then apply it on your wet hair as a hair mask. Keep it for twenty minutes and then wash off your hair normally.
Regular use will not only prevents premature graying of hair, but will also provide nourishment to your hair, and make them hair soft, supple and lustrous
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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