Garlic (Allium sativum) is an herb that has become incredibly popular in the culinary industry, and is universally recognised for its smell, flavor and its capability of protecting against evil.
- Gender: Masculine
- Planet: Mars
- Element: Fire
- Deity: Hecate
- Powers: Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Garlic was once worn to guard against the plague. It is still used to absorb diseases. Simply rub fresh, peeled cloves of garlic onto the afflicted part of the body, then throw into running water. An old pell utilized garlic in protecting against hepatitis. To do this, simply wear thirteen cloves of garlic at the end of a cord around the neck every day for thirteen days. One the last day, in the middle of the night, walk to a corner of an intersection of two streets, remove the necklace, throw it behind you and run home without running back.
Garlic is also extremely protective. Sailors carry some while aboard ships to prevent wreckage. Soldiers wore garlic as a defense in the middle ages, while Roman soldiers ate it to give them courage. It is placed in the home to guard against intrusion of evil, to keep robbers and thieves, and is hung over the door to repel envious people. Garlic is especially protective in new homes.
Worn garlic guards against foul weather (usually mountaineers), and it shields you from the blows of your enemies.
When evil spirits are about, bite into garlic to send them away, or sprinkle powdered garlic on the floor (if you don't mind the smell for some time). Garlic is also placed beneath children's pillows to protect them while asleep, and brides used to keep garlic in their pocket to guard against evil spirits on their special day. Rubbing garlic onto pots and pans before cooking in them remove negative vibrations which would otherwise contaminate the food.
According to mythology it is used to protect oneself from vampires. This is true scientifically, as eating raw garlic causes the skin to secrete a toxin that wards away blood-sucking insects. When eaten, it also acts as a lust-inducer, and when a magnet or lodestone is rubbed with it the garlic loses its magical properties.