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…)
Spirulina is a naturally digestible food that aids in protecting the immune system, reducing cholesterol, and in the absorption of minerals.It supplies nutrients which cleanse and heal, but also it curbs the appetite. Thus it is ideal for those who are fasting. Someone suffering with hypoglycemia may find spirulina helpful as its high protein content helps stabilise blood sugar levels.
Spirulina is grown in hot climates and produces twenty times as much protein as soybeans grown on an equal size piece of land. It is rich in vitamin B12, which is really important for vegetarians. Some research demonstrates that it cures liver cancer.
Have a look for spirulina in your health local health stores!
Often folk plant rosemary in the garden as a token of remembrance for a loved one. It is both a tonic and a stimulant of the brain’s cortex. Rosemary improves memory loss and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Research demonstrates that it increases the amount of oxygen that each cell takes up, so this is why it is so good for the memory.
Rosemary tea makes a useful mouthwash, while the oil is good for stiff joints and headaches. A few drops in the bath guarantee invigoration for all aspects of the being.
From the Mediterranean, rosemary features strongly in folk-lore and legend. It was a popular remedy in ancient Greece for depression, and Elizabethan couples carried it on their wedding day as a sign of fidelity. Many carried it during the plague, hoping that it would ward off the disease.
Organic raisins are available!
Dried fruits make such an excellent snack. Man has been drying fruits in the sun for the last 5,000 years. Romans used raisins in many of their medicinal remedies, and it’s easy to see why. They are a wonderful source of instant energy, containing both glucose and fructose. Raisins alleviate tiredness, anaemia, chronic fatigue, and are a pick-me-up for insomniacs. They contain fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol and promote healthy bowel function. They contain iron, selenium, and potassium. This latter is important as it stops fluid retention and regulates the blood pressure. Raisins also contain some vitamin C and vitamin B. The B vitamins are great for beating stress.
Now you know the reason to buy raisins!
Grapes are an ideal food to take to friends in hospital. They are superbly nourishing, and help to treat anaemia, arthritis, gout, rheumatism and fatigue. They are easy to assimilate so are very helpful for convalescents. Grapes are packed with antioxidants which protect against cancer, heart disease and circulatory problems.
Always wash them thoroughly and source organic. In India, when family and friends visit someone in hospital, they give the patient a massage instead of a gift. What a lovely idea!
Dates have been a vital food crop for 5,000 years. They are a rich source of minerals and instant energy.They are rich in iron, and this is easily absorbed. Those suffering with anaemia and illnesses which produce chronic fatigue symptoms do very well on dates. The readily available energy is great fo all of us. So, dates are not just for Christmas, they’re for life!