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Garlic

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NAME :  Garlic

GAELIC NAME : GAIRLEOG

LATIN NAME :  Allium sativum.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Clove Garlic Poor Man's Treacle Stinkweed

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 Antispasmodic Carminative Cholagogue Digestive Diuretic Expectorant Febrifuge

Preparation : Gather bulbs September to October

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine
PLANET : Mars
ELEMENT : Fire
DEITIES : Áine Manannan Mac Lír Dagda
POWERS : Protection Healing Exorcism Lust Anti-Theft

RITUAL USES
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 anti-theft.

MAGICAL USES

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 back.

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.

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