by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner.
When you think of a spa, you probably don’t think about garlic at the same time, but did you know that garlic is actually a supernatural spa ingredient?
In honour of National Garlic Day on April 19th, here’s a quick snapshot about how garlic is used in cosmetics and how it can be used in the home spa.
GARLIC (Allium sativum):
- Home spa recipes: extracts, baths, lotions.
- Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning, masking.
- Baths: Add whole cloves with their peel to bathwater for antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and to treat ACNE scars.
- Body: Add extract to a lotion to rub Rheumatic pain and to disinfect insect bites.
- Feet: Apply to feet to heal corns and bunyans.
- Food: Eat for flavour and nutrition and to help with colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, digestive problems, viagragen high blood pressure, vericose veins, Rheumatism, and to support healthy cholesterol levels.
- Balances: Root (1st) and Third Eye (6th) chakras plus reduces Vata (Infinity/Air), Increases Pitta (Fire), Reduces Kapha (Water/Earth).
- Find in: Healthfood stores, grocery stores, markets, wellness centres, pharmacies, cosmetics, food products, medications/supplements, gardens.
- Caution: Garlic’s odour may be overpowering to the people around you.
Here’s a quote that talks about the aromatherapy side of garlic:
“I could smell garlic, butter, and wine – the world’s most delicious flavor combination. It made me feel warm, like the first few sips of wine always do,”~ Sarah Jio, The Violets of March
So as you can see, even though it’s known as the “smelly rose,” garlic is still loved by millions around the world and has been regarded as both a food and a remedy since ancient times.