Garlic is used for a seasoning. It has a powerful antibiotic and anti-fungal compound and also contains enzymes, vitamin B, and minerals. It is used in many forms of cooking for its strong flavor.
Scientific research shows that garlic can have some health benefits, such as diminishment of platelet aggregation, lowering of cholesterol, and also prevents some complications of diabetes mellitus. It is also used as a treatment for intestinal worms. Its cloves are used as a remedy for infections as chest problems, digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush.
Garlic has been seen as a force for both good and evil. According to a Christian myth, after Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic arose in his left footprint, and onion in the right. In Europe many cultures consider garlic as a protective force or white magic. The Central European superstitions considered garlic a powerful ward against devils, werewolves, and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn on one’s person, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.
My maternal uncle (mamoo) makes chutney of garlic, salt and red chili. My doctor chachu suggested to wear a necklace of dried garlic when I had the Typhoid, and I did it. Believe me it really worked!