You can eat a clove of garlic three times a day. If the smell becomes a problem, use garlic oil capsules. Take 3 once a day as a preventative or 3 times a day when an infection occurs. For microbial infections, it will combine well with echinacea.
Magickal Uses & Folk Lore...used to be called Ajo (Spanish), Poor Man's Treacle and Stinkweed. They used it for protection, healing, exorcism, lust and anti-theft. Ritually, garlic was eaten on festival days to Hecate and was left at a crossroads as a sacrifice in Her name.
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 thor into running water. An old spell utilized garlic in protecting against hepatitis. To do this, simply wear thirteen cloves of garlic at the end of a cord around the neck for thirteen days. On 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 looking back. (Can you imagine? LOL)
Garlic is also extremely protective. Sailors carry some while on board ship to protect against its 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 the intrusion of evil, to keep out robbers and thieves and is hung over the door to repel envious people. It's especially protective in new homes.
If you wear it, garlic guards against foul weather as well as monsters (vampires ring a bell?), and it also shields you from the blows of your enemies.
When evil spirts are about, bit into garlic to send them away, or sprinkle powdered garlic on the floor. It was also placed under children's pillows to protect them while asleep and brides once carried a clove of garlic in the pocket for good luck and to keep evil far from her on her big day. Rubbed onto pots and pans before cooking in them garlic removes negative vibrations which migh otherwise contaminate the food. When a magnet or lodestone is rubbed with garlic, it loses it magical powers.
Thought it would be fun to write about the many uses of garlic throughout time!