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| July 28, 2014 | Reply

“As cool as a cucumber” is based on fact.  Cucumbers are cooling to the body and make an effective skin treatment for sunburn, inflammation, even bed sores.  That’s not all cucumber does.  It is diuretic and helps to dissolve uric acid implicated in kidney stones and gout.  A nice cucumber salad is relief for constipation.  [...]

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Deli Dill Pickle

| July 28, 2014 | Reply

What makes a deli-dill pickle so good is the fact that it’s still half raw; still a cucumber.  You can make these for yourself and the secret is, you don’t “can” them, that is seal them in a hot water bath.  The hot water bath effectively cooks the cucumber.  For deli-dills, you will pack your [...]

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Hen and Chickens

| July 23, 2014 | Reply

Hen and chickens is an easy to grow plant whose juice can be beneficial in an emergency for a burn, scald or even insect stings as the pain is quickly reduced.  Mix some juice with a little honey and use it for mouth ulcers.  Have a problem with your eye?  break a leaf and squeeze [...]

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| July 19, 2014 | Reply

Bamboo is such an interesting plant and yes, we do eat it.  If you’ve ever had an Asian dish, you may have had bamboo shoots, especially in a stir fry.  Bamboo shoots are referred to as the Asian forest vegetable and the bamboo shoot is harvested very young, as it’s just starting to grow.  You [...]

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| July 17, 2014 | Reply

Hops has pain relieving properties, is diuretic (gets rid of excess fluid), and is a sedative.  You will find it in herbal blends with other herbs for calming and stress relieving.  It’s also used in making American beer where it acts as a preservative and bitter agent.  The plant is a hardy perennial vine growing [...]

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| July 16, 2014 | Reply

One sniff or taste of horseradish and your sinuses will start draining.  Eat a little more and your digestive juices will start flowing.  Even more allows it to reach your colon at full strength where it can flush a slow colon.  It’s also a good diuretic.  If you like hot things but don’t do well [...]

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| July 13, 2014 | Reply

Fruit oil.  That’s what avocado is high in and this rare element is a powerhouse of nutrition especially trace minerals.  Another well known fruit oil is olive oil.  You know how good that is for you.  In the case of the avocado, we’re going to eat it or use the oil to treat skin conditions, [...]

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Coriander – Cilantro

| July 11, 2014 | Reply

Coriander is the seed of the plant, cilantro is the leaf of the plant; both have wonderful, distinct properties.  Aromatic coriander seed is antispasmodic and a digestive aid, stimulating the appetite and helping to prevent the formation of gas in the digestive tract.  Its mild taste means it can be used to flavor lots of [...]

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Herbal Liqueur

| July 9, 2014 | Reply

This liqueur combines the flavor of coriander seed and fennel seed (and their health benefits) in a lightly sweetened drink that is great after dinner because of its digestive  and calming properties.  This drink is very popular among my friends and guests, for both men and women.  Put a smile on your friends’ faces and [...]

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| July 6, 2014 | Reply

Junipers come in all sizes from low growing shrubs that make dense ground cover to more upright shrubs that can grow 3′ to 4′.   Juniper is a great digestive aid, stimulating digestion where your own hydrochloric acid is low.  It helps to prevent and to expel gas.  Juniper is a diuretic helping to rid [...]

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