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Anise

| November 24, 2014 | Reply

Anise, that small green seed with the mild licorice flavor, is a powerhouse of talents.  It promotes digestion, relieves gas and nausea, improves appetite, and relieves colic in infants.  For an infant, steep the seeds in hot water a few minutes, cool to warm then feed the baby with a bottle of anise water.  Anise […]

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Apple

| November 21, 2014 | Reply

Apples deserve a place in your kitchen and medicine chest because they are a signature treatment for diarrhea or constipation and a tea made from the peel is useful for rheumatism.  Also, the fruit is abundant and stores well for a long time when kept cool.  For diarrhea, peel and grate a fresh apple and […]

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Virginia Creeper

| November 11, 2014 | Reply

Caution:  This plant can cause an allergic reaction in some people similar to poison ivy or oak blisters. The bark and twigs of this plant are collected in the Fall after the berries have ripened.  Made into a sweetened tea, the drink is an expectorant and tonic.  It is a prolific plant and grows in […]

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Arum

| November 9, 2014 | Reply

The arum is an unusual plant for your garden but its dried rootstock is valued for bronchitis, asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which involves chronic congestion which blocks your air passages.  The plant is otherwise poisonous, flowers. leaves, fresh root.  The root stock needs to be thoroughly dried or cooked before use, then […]

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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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