GAELIC NAME : GAIRLEOG
LATIN NAME : Allium sativum.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Clove
Poor Man's Treacle
MEDICINAL PART : The Bulb.
PLACE OF ORIGIN : Grows everywhere. Been in use by Humans for so long that no
one knows where it originates from.
HABITAT : One of the most commonly cultivated herbs for the kitchen. Grows
wild in good draining soils all over the world.
DESCRIPTION : Garlic is a perennial plant. The garlic bulb is compound,
consisting of individual bulbs, or cloves, enclosed together in a white skin. The stem is
simple, smooth, and round and is surrounded at the bottom by tubular leaf sheaths from
which grows the long, flat, linear leaves. The stem is topped by a rounded umbel of small,
white, usually sterile flowers, among which grow 20 to 30 small bulbs. The entire umbel is
at first enclosed in a teardrop shaped leaf which eventually falls off.
FLOWERING PERIOD :
PROPERTIES : Anthelmintic
Preparation : Gather bulbs September to October
GENDER : Masculine
PLANET : Mars
ELEMENT : Fire
DEITIES : Áine
POWERS : Protection
Call on Áine while using for the purposes of Healing and Protection.
Call on Manannan while using for Exorcism.
Call on Dagda while using for inducing lust, and for
Garlic was once worn to guard against the plague. It is still used to
absorb diseases. Simply rub fresh, peeled cloves of garlic onto the afflicted part of the
body, then throw into running water. An old spell utilized Garlic in protecting against
hepatitis. To do this simply wear thirteen cloves of garlic at the end of a cord around
the neck for thirteen days. On the last day, in the middle of the night, walk to a corner
of two streets, remove the necklace, throw it behind you and run home without looking
Garlic is also extremely protective. Sailors carry some while on board
ship to protect against its wreckage. Soldiers wore garlic as a defense in the middle
ages. Roman solders ate it to give them courage. It is placed in the home to guard against
intrusion of evil, to keep out robbers and thieves, and is hung over the door to repel
envious people. Garlic is especially protective in new home. Worn Garlic guards against
foul weather as well as monsters, and it also shields you from the blows of your enemies
When evil spirits are about, bite into garlic to send them away, or
sprinkle powdered Garlic on the floor. Garlic is also placed beneath children's pillows to
protect them while asleep, and brides once carried a cloves of Garlic in the pocket for
good luck and to keep evil far from her on the day. Rubbed onto pots and pans before
cooking in them. Garlic removes negative vibrations which might contaminate the food.
When eaten, Garlic acts as a lust-inducer, and when a magnet or
lodestone is rubbed with garlic it loses its magical powers.