Garlic is the oldest known medicinal plant variety or spice in existence. It belongs to the genus Allium and is native to Central Asia. Mankind recognized the curative qualities of this magic herb over 3,000 years ago. World War I medical surgeons used the health benefits of garlic juice as an antiseptic for treating war wounds. It contains useful minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, and iron, as well as trace minerals like iodine, sulfur, and chlorine, which are also present in the cloves.