Strawberries

There is an old wives’ tale that strawberries are bad for anyone with joint problems. In actual fact, they have an ability to increase the body’s elimination of uric acid, which aids arthritic joints and inflammation.

Tiny, wild strawberries grow in our garden. Until the early 1600s, these were the only strawberries known in Britain and Europe. 100g of this delicious fruit contains almost twice your daily requirement of vitamin C. They also contain a little iron. They alleviate fatigue and anaemia, and eliminate cholesterol. Strawberries keep the heart and circulation in tip-top condition as they contain antioxidants. They are believed to have antiviral properties, too.

Strawberries are always associated with the tennis championship at Wimbledon. A bowl of delicious strawberries. eaten on a sunny day, is a complete tonic for mind, body and spirit! (Do buy organic…)

Sage

Native American Indians use sage to cleanse spaces. They call it ‘smudging’. Its proper name is ‘salvia’, which comes from the Latin ‘salvere’. It means ‘to be in good health’.

Sage is a herbal aid to digestion, hence ‘sage and onion stuffing’. It is a cleansing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory plant. It is known to alleviate menstrual problems and chest infections. Many women find it helpful during menopause as it relieves hot flushes.

Grow it in a tub in the garden, and rub the leaves through your fingers as you pass. If you are ever stung by an insect , rub the leaves on the area and the pain will fade.

Pineapples

Pineapples have been credited with many healing powers through the ages. The juice when gargled can relieve a sore throat, and eating the fruit is said to relieve cataarh, arthritis, bronchitis, and indigestion.

Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which breaks down proteins. .Bromelain is also an anti-inflammatory. As such it has been used in the treatment of osteo-arthritis and sports injuries.

Pineapples stop ripening the moment that they are picked, and you can tell freshness by how heavy they feel. If they appear to be heavy for their size, they are nice and ripe. Source your fruit organically whenever you can. Pineapples will give you and your immune system a lovely burst of vitamin C!.

I love ginger!

Ginger has been used in India and China as both a culinary and a medicinal plant since 5,000 B.C. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered to be one of the most important remedies. It cures nausea, travel sickness, and morning sickness in pregnancy.It relieves sore throats, coughs, colds and bronchitis, and is great in a hot drink with honey. It has been proved that ginger is more effective in the treatment of arthritis than anti- inflammatory drugs.