Garlic is known for its medicinal properties, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and reducing the risk of cancer. It is also a proven remedy for the discomfort of a dry throat. It works as an antiseptic, which can aid in the fighting off illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. It is most potent in its raw form and most effective for treating dry throat when a clove is crushed between the teeth and sucked on for fifteen minutes. It can also be minced, combined with olive oil and added to vegetables for a healthy, soothing snack, or blended with honey and added to vegetable juice or a smoothie. The most important thing to remember is in order for it to be effective, garlic should be consumed raw, rather than cooked or ground.