There has been a spike in awareness regarding the health benefits of various essential oils. Garlic oil is one such product that offers almost as many benefits as its parent product (the garlic). Read on to know about 12 ways in which garlic oil can benefit our health.
Garlic oil can be prepared by either soaking the fresh garlic cloves in any oil so that the active compounds present in garlic are leached in it or by the method of steam distillation. This oil is rich in allicin, some amino acids, sulfide compounds, enzymes, ajoene, and various other antioxidants. Below are the health benefits of using this oil.
Digestion. It is beneficial to relieve constipation as it improves digestion and stimulates peristaltic movement. Garlic oil also reduces gut inflammation and the risk of GI cancers. It also has antibacterial properties and boosts digestive health by controlling bacterial infection and growth in the gut.
Inflammation. Allicin in garlic oil is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory compound that helps to soothe inflammation, eases irritation, and reduces joint pains.
Diabetes. Garlic oil has a hypoglycemic nature and it helps to regulate the production of insulin and controls the energy consumption. It also helps to control the spikes and lows of glucose level in our body.
Obesity. Garlic oil possesses one absolutely incredible benefit of boosting the metabolism. That means, it can aid in the passive burning of fat and results in weight loss. It is also beneficial to lower the cholesterol levels, suppresses appetite as the sulfides present in it can cause a feeling of fullness and controls the problem of over eating.
Metabolic disorder. It treats metabolic syndrome as it possesses benefits against all the risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol levels, and high blood glucose levels.
Headache. Topical application of garlic oil at the temples or consuming it in small quantity quickly relieves inflammation and reduce headaches and migraines.
Antioxidant. It is found in concentrated quantities in garlic oil and works against oxidative stress, reduces the risk of cancer, and prevents premature aging.
Respiration. Inhaling this oil helps to clear the blocked sinuses and eases the pressure around this area. It can also minimize asthmatic attacks, reduces allergic sensitivity, and clear the chest congestion.
Immunity. Apart from being a powerful antioxidant, garlic oil also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties that make it ideal for topical application.
Nutrients. Sulfide compounds and antioxidants present in garlic oil stimulates efficient uptake of nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and iron in the digestive system.
Improves physical performance. Traditionally, garlic oil has been used to reduce fatigue, improve energy utilization in laborers, and to enhance performance by athletes. It is also reported in a few studies that garlic oil is associated with improved physical performance as well.
Bones. Garlic oil can help to minimize bone loss and prevent the osteoarthritis in menopausal women by increasing their estrogen levels.