The use of Allium sativum (garlic) for medicinal purposes has origin in antiquity and is still included in the traditional medicine of many cultures. Oral tradition and recorded history show that garlic is one of the earliest examples of plants used extensively since the existence of humans. Numerous cuneiform records show that garlic has been cultivated in Mesopotamia. It is believed to have originated in South-East Siberia and it’s use spread all over Europe and Asia in Ancient times.
The name Garlic means ‘spear’ in Anglo-Saxon (gar + leac = ‘spear’ and leek’).
Garlic was one of the earliest “performance enhancing” substances. It was traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of labourers. Most notably, it was given to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
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Due to it’s pungent nature and because the tip of the plant looks like the tip of a spear, Nicholas Culpepper assigned Garlic to the planet Mars. It’s energetic profile is hot and dry and garlic is used in many Four Thieves Vinegar recipes.
In folklore, garlic has been regarded as a force for both good and evil. In Europe, many cultures have used garlic for protection. Central European folk beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against demons, werewolves, and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.
In Mességué (Gascogne) babies tongues are rubbed with garlic and brandy to make them ‘tough enough for life and live long.’ It was also used to make roosters fierce in cockfights.
In the foundation myth of the ancient Korean kingdom of Gojoseon, eating nothing but 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of ‘Korean mugwort’ for 100 days let a ‘bear be transformed into a woman.’
At Thoth we try and keep things simple when it comes to prices and so have averaged the costs in order to provide you with a standard price for all the different herbs in our collection. What you will get is a choice between standard jar sizes filled with your choosen herb.
As you can imagine we get through alot of herbs and general supplies not just from using them in the many classes we hold, but also during the creation of the many products we have. We don't make much profit on the sale of herbs but we only use batches which meet our quality standards. Some of the herbs we sale are sold at far above the average market value and some well below it. Please shop around as we may not be able to offer you a competitive price on our range.