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Almond

| January 14, 2015

Almonds are one of the most utilized foods of all times.  Its main benefit is its emollient effect on the body, inside and out, that is, it softens skin and tissue.  It is also a powerhouse of nutrients.  Here are some of the ways you find almonds:  Marzipan (sweet almond paste), sweet almond oil (for […]

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Allspice

| January 12, 2015

Allspice is also a healing herb, not just an addition to your sweet baking projects.  In the tropical countries where this tree grows the dried berries are used as concoctions for gas and bloating and as poultices for neuralgia.  It got its name because it has a flavor reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves and black pepper.  […]

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Anise

| November 24, 2014
Anise

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

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

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 most […]

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Arum

| November 9, 2014

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

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

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
basil

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

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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