Garlic and infection


Concerns with AIDS and other blood-bound diseases have been raised in discussion about modern interests in vampires… on that note, but referring to the more historic belief that vampirism was infectious, Morse writes: “garlic has anti-infectious properties, which were known during the middle ages and earlier. Since vampirism was considered to be a disease, garlic would be effective against a vampire. The herb, wolfsbane, was used in the same way as garlic.”  (187)

Ref: Donald Morse (1993) ”The stressful kiss: a biopsychosocial evaluation of the origins, evolution, and societal significance of vampirism’ Stress Medicine 9; 181-199


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