Pain-Killing Foods #12: Garlic

Garlic (as I always love to say) is useful for more than just driving away vampires and annoying coworkers! It's also one of the oldest pain remedies in the world, particularly for dealing with the pain of tooth and ear aches. Garlic contains a sulfur compound called allicin, which gives it its potent smell and sting. It's said that a single milligram of allicin is as strong as 15 SU of penicillin--that's some pretty powerful stuff! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source:[/caption] To treat the pain in your ear, wrap a small clove of garlic in a napkin or piece of tissue paper. Insert it (carefully) into your ear, and let it sit overnight. The pain should be gone, and the infection will clear up quickly. If you've got a sore throat, deal with the pain by sucking on garlic for a few minutes. Every time you swallow, the juice will deal with the throat infection. This can also help you to deal with the pain from toothaches or even serious oral infections. It's certainly not the easiest remedy, but it works!  
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