Allium sativum


Other Names:

Cultivated Garlic


  • Antihelmintic
  • Antiprotozoal
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Anthelmintic
  • Antiparasitic
  • Snake-repellent
  • Rodent-repellent
  • Insect-repellent
Garlic (Allium sativum) is well known for its use as a spice and herbal medicine in humans for thousands of years. It contains many useful bioactive compounds such as alliin, diallylsulphides and allicin. Garlic has been shown to have anti-thrombotic activity, lower blood lipids, blood tension, antibacterial properties, potent inhibitor of food pathogens, and has cardio-protective effects. Specific applications include:
  • Snake-repellent: Garlic is said to contain chemicals which act as a natural snake repellent. Mix together half a dozen of crushed garlic cloves in with water to create a spray, to spray around the exterior of the area in which you want to repel snakes.
  • Prevention of Necrotic enteritis (NE): Adding 1.0 to 1.5 g/kg of garlic powder to your flock's diet may help in the prevention of Necrotic enteritis.
  • Control of Northern fowl mites: Spraying hens with a mixture of 10% garlic juice in water is a natural, effective way to decrease the presence of northern fowl mites in laying hens.
  • Control of Red Poultry Mites: Garlic extract is effective as a repellent against red mites, demonstrating a 96% success after two successive sprays.
  • Antihelmintic: Adding 2.5 mg/bird of garlic to the diet of chickens infected with Ascaridia galli (roundworms) can help reduce internal parasitic worm load.
  • Egg Quality Improvement: Supplementing laying hens' diets with 1-3% garlic powder is beneficial for egg quality.
  • Anticoccidial: Garlic powder may be beneficial for poultry suffering from Coccidiosis. It has been shown to help chickens fight off Eimeria.
  • Ascites: Adding 5 ug/kg garlic bulb into the diet of chickens may help prevent ascites syndrome in chickens.


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