Garlic is quite a sight to see when in bloom.  The stem can grow up to 6 feet tall, bearing a purplish globe of numerous tiny flowers at its end.  It is a tasty and nutritious bulbous herb, but also has numerous powerful medicinal properties.  Below is a list of the most commonly known actions.

Antibacterial, antifungal, and antihelmintic  — protects against systemic fungal overgrowth (candida), bacterial infections, as well as ringworm
Antioxidant – protects cells, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids from damage due to radiation, oxidation, environmental toxins, and smoking
Anticoagulant – prevents platelet aggregation, and thus improves blood flow
Vasodilatory – relaxes blood vessel walls to improve blood circulation
Antilipidemic – helps reduce bad cholesterol levels

In more general terms, garlic supports the immune system to fight off respiratory and urinary tract infections, improves digestion through its antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps to improve blood flow by reducing build-up of plaque in the arteries due to high cholesterol and sticky platelets, protects the heart muscle from damage due to decreased blood supply, and helps to maintain healthy brain function through improved blood circulation and reduced oxidative damage.

For more information on garlic’s major nutrients and how they support your health, please read the nutrition post on garlic.