bear’s garlic


Bear’s garlic is a medicinal plant used against arteriosclerosis and hypertension and can be found in the form of capsules or drops.


Portuguese name: Bear’s garlic
Binomial name: Allium ursinum
French name: ail des ours
English name: bear’s garlic
German name: Bärlauch
Italian name: aglio orsino


Anteriormente: Liliaceae


Sulfurized volatile oils (aliin), flavonoid

parts used

Herbs (leaves). Sometimes flowers and bulbs are also used.


Hypolipidemic (decreases the rate of bad cholesterol: LDL, and increases the good: HDL), hypotensive (vessel dilation), platelet aggregation inhibitor, antiseptic, anthelmintic, choleretic, cholagogue.


Internal use:
 , cholesterol , gastrointestinal problems (caution, hypertension and cholesterol problems are serious illnesses, bear’s garlic can be a complementary measure but it is not the main treatment, so ask your doctor for advice).

External use (poultice):
– Acne, boils

Secundary effects

we do not know


we do not know


There is no information about this.

Bear garlic preparations

– Pill or capsule based on bear’s garlic

– Bear garlic tincture

– Tea or infusion (based on fresh leaves), to be used in digestive problems. Ask your pharmacist for more advice, such as avoiding drinking too much of this tea.

– mother tincture

– Poultice (eg against acne in external use)

Where does bear’s garlic grow?

Bear’s garlic grows in Europe (mainly in the mountains). This plant grows mostly in damp places, like places near rivers.
In Europe it can be found at up to 1000m altitude.

When to harvest bear’s garlic?

Harvest wild garlic (bear’s garlic) in spring (September-October preferably in the southern hemisphere), if possible before flowering to prevent it from having a bitter taste.

Be careful, make sure that it is bear’s garlic (garlic odor), because you can confuse this plant with other toxic plant species (meadow crocus, lily of the valley). Also read the section below.

How to distinguish wild garlic (Allium ursinum) from saffron (Colchicum autumnale) and lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) ?

Firstly, wild garlic has a garlic smell, the other two do not. In addition, it is useful to look at the leaves:

– Wild garlic: the upper side is shiny and the lower side is opaque, the consistency of the leaves is delicate.

– Lily-of-the-valley: the upper side is opaque and the underside is shiny, the consistency of the leaf is flexible.

– Meadow saffron: the leaves have a firm and resistant consistency.

In case of doubt, always consult a specialist in medicinal and harvesting plants.

[Source of this paragraph:, April 2013]


Bear’s garlic is a plant that grows in Europe, in the spring, and has effects similar to those of garlic (white garlic), however, there are not enough clinical studies to prove these effects. For the time being, white garlic should be prioritized in case of cardiovascular problems (hypertension, cholesterol), as its effects on the cardiovascular region (due to alliin) are scientifically proven by several clinical studies.

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