I regret to inform you that TikTokers are now shoving raw garlic up their nostrils to clear their sinuses. Please, snot this. Snot. This.
In a video that now has over 4.7m likes, TikToker Hannah Williams (@hwannah5) and her partner Jaden Dean decided to leave garlic cloves up their noses (Lorde knows why) and claimed that doing so cleans out your sinuses. Or, as it actually looks, results in a shit tonne of snot coming out of your nose.
In the video below, Dean removes the garlic after leaving them in his nose for a good twenty (20!!!) minutes. As he does, a giant snot bubble comes erupts out of his nose and lands in the sink. Disgusting. DESGUSTANG.
While the pair stressed that the stunt wasn’t dangerous, to me, it’s at least dangerous to look at. I’m warning you, this shit is foul. Watch it at your own discretion below.
In a follow-up TikTok, Williams explained that not everyone seems to have the same result. For instance, when she tried it, nothing came out of her nose until she blew it.
“Nothing came out until I blew my nose,” she explained in a video reply to people asking to see how her nose reacted to garlic cloves being up there for as long as an episode of a sitcom.
“There was still quite a bit but my nose wasn’t stuffy when we did it and his [nose] was.
“We laughed because after we saw his, we were shocked I had nothing.”
And, naturally, other TikTokers quickly joined in on the trend after this went viral.
Does shoving garlic cloves up your nose really clean out your sinuses?
Well, if you’re thinking of going for a quick runner to Woolies and grabbing garlic bulbs in bulk, I hate to break it to you but the science doesn’t align with this.
In a video dueting the original TikTok, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler clarified that shoving garlic up your nose doesn’t actually clear your sinus. Rather, having garlic in your nose merely irritates your sinus and creates mucous.
So, there you have it. And here I was about to go and try it for myself.
Is it true? Apparently not. Is this new TikTok trend partly why my local Woolies completely sold out of garlic hours before Sydney’s two-week lockdown? Oh, absolutely.