Cut ginger into pieces and mash it using pestle and mortar to extract the juice.
Take the extracted ginger juice in a pan and heat on medium flame.
Apply on swelling. It relieves pain and reduces swelling.
Mash garlic using pestle and mortar and mix in ginger extract to make a paste.
Apply this paste to the swelling.
Garlic in Ayurveda
Garlic is an ancient spice used in Ayurveda. It has very powerful medicinal properties. It is used in treating skin diseases and disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance such as constipation and bloating. External application of garlic paste improves blood circulation and relieves pain and inflammation.
However, garlic is a tamasic food. While it can be a powerful medicine if used properly, it can cause much damage to us if we add it to our everyday cooking and consume it. Especially those who are pursuing spiritual sadhana and Yoga should exclude onions and garlic from their diet.
How to grow garlic
Garlic is best grown in fertile soil, rich in organic matter. It should be well-drained and capable of holding moisture during the growing period. Garlic can be planted in pots or directly on the ground.
Full matured and well-developed bulbs of medium to large cloves should be selected as planting materials.
The planting materials are prepared by separating the cloves from one another. The cloves from the outer parts of the bulb are the best planting material.
Use a dibble (a pointed stick) to insert two-thirds of the length of the clove vertically into the soil.
Garlic can be harvested in about 4 and a half months time, when you see the leaves turning yellowish or brownish, and start showing signs of drying up.