Allium sativum

Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis Family)

Deities: Hecate (in her destructive form), Ogoun, Obatala, Ezulie, Eshu, Babalu-aye, Nana Buruku, Isis (and the list goes on…)

Element: Fire

When not tied up keeping vampires away, garlic stays busy by destroying bacteria and fungi, making our hearts strong and flavouring everything from pasta to humus. Garlic has been making stinky breath since at least 3,000 BCE.

Medicinal Uses: Garlic has been called a wonder drug with good reason; besides the aforementioned anti-vampiric action, this member of the lily family works against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, UTI’s and food poisoning. It also protects against the influenza virus and the fungi that cause athlete’s foot and yeast infections. Garlic strengthens the heart by reducing blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol and preventing blood clots. If that wasn’t enough, garlic also lowers blood sugar, may prevent or treat some kinds of cancer, eliminates heavy toxins from the body, treat leprosy and improves the general health of people suffering from HIV disease.

Spiritual Uses: Garlic has a very protective spirit (and is funny!) and will guard against negativity in your life and in your home. Use it to get rid of bad spirits or bad energies. Garlic can also be used in spiritual healing. It will strengthen the inner spirit so if you are facing a lot of turmoil in your life, start cooking with lots of garlic.

Garlic is a perennial herb that was introduced from Europe to North America. The bulb is made up of several cloves and has the strong recognizable smell. The pink-white flowers sit on top of the plant which can grow up to 2 feet tall. Garlic is easily cultivated and while it does grow wild, it should only be wildcrafted with caution as it does have a similar looking poisonous cousin.