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Asparagus

| October 30, 2014 | Reply

Asparagus is a mild laxative (primarily from the bulk of its fiber) and increases urine output from the kidneys.  It can also increase perspiration.  The green tips are high in Vitamin A and the rest of the stalk is full of good fiber.  Asparagus contains nutrients beneficial to your major organs such as your liver, [...]

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Blazing Star Liatris

| October 16, 2014 | Reply

Liatris root is used as a tea; gargling with it is beneficial for a sore throat.  Drinking it is a useful diuretic.  It is even said that the tea is effective against gonorrhea.   This perennial flower is easy to grow and winter hardy.  Liatris offers airiness to your flower border with its tall spikes [...]

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Basil

| October 11, 2014 | Reply

Basil is a very powerful digestive aid and its exquisite flavor makes it easy to use in a lot of dishes.  Basil helps to prevent the formation of gas, aids in digestion, and is helpful for constipation.  It also has antispasmodic properties so say goodbye to stomach cramps or any kind of intestinal cramp.  Basil [...]

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Barberry

| October 11, 2014 | Reply

Both the root bark and the ripe berries of barberry can be used.  The root bark, made into a tea, is a complete cleanser for the whole digestive tract.  The ripe berries, when chewed, can help to  stop gum loss.  Barberry tends to dilate arteries which can lower blood pressure.  It also encourages the secretion [...]

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Bean Pods

| October 2, 2014 | Reply

Bean pod tea is used to reduce high blood sugar levels and has been a home remedy in Europe for centuries.  Use the green pods, before the seeds are ripe.  Chop and add water.  Bring to a boil then turn off the heat and let the covered pan sit overnight to steep.  In the morning [...]

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Betony – Wood Betony

| October 2, 2014 | Reply

Wood betony is a little known plant that is good for the urinary tract, gall bladder, and as a sedative for nervous conditions.  In fact, at one time it had hundreds of uses as “cures” and was one of the most popular herbs around.  It was a part of the official pharmacopeia-that list of medicinal [...]

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Blue Vervain

| September 23, 2014 | Reply

Blue vervain is a natural tranquilizer and is helpful in all nervous conditions and can be a sleep aid.  It can also act as a  decongestant during colds and a cup of warm tea taken throughout the cold is very beneficial.  It also is a vermifuge espicially for intestinal worms.  The tea is made from [...]

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Cardamon

| September 5, 2014 | Reply

Cardamon has long been used as a digestive aid not only stimulating appetite but also stimulating the whole digestive process.  It is especially good at preventing the formation of gas or from dispelling it if it does form.  Cardamon is the third most expensive spice (by weight) behind saffron and vanilla.  It is much prized [...]

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Bedstraw – Lady’s Bedstraw

| September 4, 2014 | Reply

If you wonder how this herb got its name – Lady’s bedstraw, it was gathered and put on the bed of a lady giving birth, to ease her childbirth.  It must have worked because it’s been used for centuries.  But this herb is not just for ladies, it has many more uses such as normalizing [...]

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Chervil

| August 29, 2014 | Reply

Chervil is not just a delightful garden plant, it’s a powerhouse of benefits.  It’s good for everything from digestive aid to expectorant to lowering blood pressure.  It is an easy to grow annual plant and having it in your garden means it’s easy to cut and add to a salad or to garnish a dish.  [...]

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