This is a waste of perfectly good garlic, as well as a possible health risk.
According to physicians, a TikTok habit in which users insert garlic cloves up their nostrils in an attempt to cleanse sinuses can go wrong on many levels.
The “secret” for relieving a congested nose has gone viral, with videos showing young people inserting a peeled garlic clove in each nostril gaining millions of views.
Many of the videos show TikTokers removing the garlic from streaming runny noses, but this isn’t a cure-all.
According to Neil Bhattacharyya, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, “if you do this enough, the body will start to react to the oils and chemicals in the garlic and create contact dermatitis in the nose.”
Dr. Bhattacharyya, who works at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a specialist hospital in Boston, added, “Some garlic cloves are particularly powerful, and if you get enough leaching of the chemicals and oils into your nose, it can absolutely irritate it.”
Worse, they risk getting the cloves lodged in their nostrils, which could necessitate a trip to the doctor.
Dr. Richard Wender, who told Insider that “evidence is vital,” highlighted that there is no scientific proof that garlic is a sinus-saver.
He told the publication, “It would be inaccurate to state that we’ve done considerable studies on garlic in nostrils.”
“However, garlic and its compounds do not interact much with human tissue in general.”
For these reasons, many doctors recommend using saline nasal spray to relieve nasal congestion.
This hasn’t stopped the trend from gaining traction, with videos using the hashtag #garlicinnose receiving over 60 million views to date.
If the health warnings aren’t enough to put you off, all of them end with a horrible amount of snot coming out of the person’s nose.