European folklore also gives garlic the ability to ward off the "evil eye".
Dreaming that there is "garlic in the house" is supposedly lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you will discover hidden secrets.
The herbalist Culpepper linked garlic with the planet Mars, a fiery planet also connected with blood.
Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them and give them courage; Egyptian slaves were fed garlic to keep their strength up.
Homer reported that Ulysses owed his escape from Circe to "yellow garlic".