Considered to have great power being able to keep evil spirits and forces away from the house, hence the tradition of hanging garlic above windows and doors. In France garlic is roasted on Midsummer Eve for protection also. In the Far East it is believed to have the power to bring back lost souls being heavily used in religious ceremonies. It is also seen to be an effective aphrodisiac. 'Vinegar of the four thieves' was the name given to a drink made from garlic taken in the 17th-century by thieves and plague victims to prevent infection, as garlic juice is an antiseptic. Part of the same family as onions, leeks and shallots. In World War 1 French Army cleaned their wounds with it.