To most of us, garlic is God’s gift to the spice rack. Where would we be without garlic bread? Garlic sizzling on the stove is the quintessential smell of cooking for many people, the added kick of intense and exciting flavor for almost any dish. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re cooking with garlic.

While garlic has long been lauded as a kitchen superhero, its other properties have remained mostly under wraps. Did you know that garlic could do so much more than liven up your dishes? Garlic treats an array of ailments, both inside and out. That means a clove of garlic can get you farther than many items in your actual medicine cabinet can. Who knew you could forgo the expensive hair treatment creams for garlic? Or press it against a cold sore for its anti-inflammatory properties?

Garlic is a real multi-tasker, bringing our favorite dishes sharp and memorable while curing our aches and pains and strengthening the body from the inside-out. What’s not to like?

For more information on garlic’s hidden benefits, here’s Reader’s Digest:

13 Surprising Benefits of Garlic

Grow beautiful hair with garlic.

Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss. Rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp, squeezing as you go for the most benefit. You can also infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp.

Garlic clears acne.

It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment.

 Garlic prevents and treats colds.

Packed with antioxidants, your immune system could benefit if you give it a constant boost of powerful garlic in daily recipes. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste.

Soothe psoriasis with garlic.

Since garlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, it could be useful in relieving uncomfortable psoriasis outbreaks. Try rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected area for smooth, rash-free skin.

To get an even better idea of what garlic can do, you can read the original article here. Garlic is a great excuse to clear out that medicine cabinet, and finally rid yourself of expired store-bought medications you can’t pronounce.

Natural remedies are kind to the body, but not always so gentle with the taste buds. With garlic, we finally have everything we could possibly want: a healthy, clean body, and a piece of garlic bread in hand!