GENERAL INFORMATION: This oil is mentioned here mainly so that I can list the cautions that should be used. Essential oil of garlic is not the same as the extracted and very diluted garlic oil that is found in capsules for sale in health food stores. Essential oil of garlic is strong and potent - actually very caustic!!! Two drops of garlic essential oil, undiluted, in the ear would burn sufficiently to possibly require medical assistance.
THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal
PLANT FAMILY: Lilliceae
PART UTILIZED: bulb
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled
AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Garlic oil is not recommended for diffusion. You will have more aroma than you need on your fingers any time that you touch a bottle of garlic essential oil.
APPLICATION: Garlic oil must be diluted extremely well each time it is used.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Garlic, in the world of herbal medicine, is considered to be nature's most perfect antibiotic. It is used for particularly nasty viruses or bacteria because its antimicrobial action is so strong. 2 drops of garlic essential oils in 1 ounce of carrier oil (shake very well!) is an excellent treatment for earaches or bacterial skin rashes. Garlic essential oil has been added, sparingly, to animal feed with good results and has been used for centuries to combat every known virus or bacteria. Never forget how concentrated the essential oil is, but don't be so afraid that you miss the amazing benefits of garlic essential oil.
CAUTIONS: Garlic oil should be used with extreme caution and always diluted well! Skin and Eye Irritant.