Garlic is thought to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and scientists say it has been used as medicine for thousands of years.
Yet one British writer, living in Sydney, tried to use the plant to cure a persistent yeast infection in her vagina in 2016.
Susie Garrard, who also suffered from recurring cystitis, resorted to extreme measures after a combination of horse riding, stress, sex and long-haul flights resulted in the ‘mother of all yeast infections’
After trying every cure she could get hold of, Ms Garrard revealed to the women’s website XO Jane she even gave garlic a try.
‘I have to admit I was apprehensive about how the garlic might irritate my already much-upset vagina. But up it went,’ she wrote.
Ms Garrard planned to leave the garlic in overnight but by 3am she was forced to remove it.
She said: ‘The experience wasn’t exactly physically uncomfortable. There was a mild burning sensation, but no pain.’
The treatment was unsuccessful and Ms Garrard said she would not do it again.
Health officials do not recommend people try this at home.