Remember those kindergarten tales where keeping garlic on the bed would scare off Vampires and keep them at bay or when the fairy Godmother would hand over some money in exchange of garlic
kept under the pillow?
Well, as we grew up we realised that these fancy tales were just to keep us entertained and engaged in the fictional world.
But what if we tell you that the idea of keeping a garlic clove under the pillow was not just a myth rather there are many people who still sleep with a clove of garlic under their pillow.
So, what are they expecting? The fairy Godmother or Vampires or is there something else that has kept the tradition of keeping a garlic clove under the pillow alive? Let’s find out…..
Why Garlic and does it actually work?
Garlic is a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants that help in improving health in several ways and since ages we have been told about the numerous health benefits of consuming garlic and most of these beliefs are backed by science. But what about this age-old belief? Is there any science backed explanation to this traditional practice?
The real reason!
This will surely leave you amazed as this remedy has an association with the pungent and strong smell of garlic, which can work wonders for your sleep, repel mosquitoes, insects and fix insomnia. As per the ancient remedy, it was believed that keeping a garlic clove under the pillow can help in improving sleep and also help with sleep disorders. However the scientific explanation to this is linked to the presence of Sulfur in garlic, which leads to the strong smell and it is believed that this strong smell helps in inducing sleep and leaves a calming effect.
Apart from this, keeping a bud of clove under the pillow is believed to improve the quality of sleep. But in case you hate to sleep with that strong smell, a night drink made with garlic can also help fix your erratic sleep patterns.