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garlic busts high blood pressure — as well as meds

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Orna @ 8:25 am

Why I love garlic, reason number zillion

 

Herbalists generally moan when asked “what’s your favorite herbal medicine?” But I think most of us secretly enjoy the game of choosing the top three, five or 10 plant medicines we’d want with us on a desert island.

 

Eating garlic (Allium sativum or ophioscorodon) regularly helps combat hypertension naturally — and tastes great.

Regardless of how tightly I’m supposed to narrow the list, garlic always ends up in a top spot. (Unless I’m supposed to pick just one. Then I just refuse to play.)

 

Here’s the latest reason to include garlic among my must-have medicinals: (more…)

all about olive, part 1

As some of you may know, I am slowly — glacially, even — working on a book about gardening with medicinal plants. Looking out at the frost-covered garden this morning for inspiration for any  hint of green, I decided to start working on my olive (Olea europa) monograph. 

 

Arbequina olive (Olea europea) in flower.

Before my breakfast (which includes copious quantities of olive oil — yum!), I went looking through my physical library for something beyond olive oil. Because, really, I’m unlikely to actually press the olives from my tree. And besides, like so many other garden medicines, there’s healing value in other parts.

 

In olive’s case, the leaves are powerhouses of phytochemicals (more…)

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