Wild garlic is abundant at the moment and like its more commonly eaten relative that we buy in shops has similar medicinal properties. These include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. It is fantastic for helping to overcome persistent coughs and colds with its antibiotic and antiseptic actions. Wild garlic often grows by the water and in damp places and its characteristic garlicky smell is hard to miss. Use the leaves and flowers raw in salads or pesto and add to soup to bring out a rich flavour.