Anti inflammatory and anti infective, smell of garlic is definitely in there though. I don't really like the smell but if you're using a small amount it's fine. It gets rid of inflammation and helps the healing process. As someone else as has said it is good for painful joints. Great apart from smell, which isn't TERRIBLY unpleasant. I've also used this on a seemingly infected bump that I'd picked and it helped it heal, going less red with each application.