School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Kitchen cupboard remedies: garlic for colds, cuts, thrush

27 July 2009

Medically proven to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic can cure thousands of illnesses so long as it's used raw. Garlic expert Dr Ron Cutler, says: "In its raw form it can treat colds, cuts, even thrush and MRSA, the list is endless. It's a very potent compound and the last thing you want to say is that it's an old wives' tale."

Allicin, the active chemical in garlic which kills bacteria and viruses, is created when the enzymes in two bulbs are crushed together. Dr Cutler added: "It's one of the most tremendous cures for thrush I've seen."