Rosemary for remembrance

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.

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The reason for raisins!

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!

Oat couture

Oats contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein, polyunsaturated fats and vitamins B and E. Well-known for lowering the cholesterol level, oats also nourish the nervous system and build strong bones and teeth. Folk-lore recommends oats to alleviate depression. Taking oats each morning wards off constipation, and they are also used in many different ways for the skin. Try oats to heal and sooth eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.

Oats are becoming very fashionable!

Lemon balm was used by the Greeks 2,000 years ago

Lemon balm, or melissa, used to be planted near beehives as the bees are always attracted to the perfume of the flowers. In the Middle Ages it was used to cure depression, and aromatherapists still use it for this reason today. It can be made into a tea to alleviate anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. It is very popular in Spain as a cure-all for children. Lemon balm is anti-viral, and you can cure cold sores by rubbing the leaves with the fingers and then dabbing the sore.

It doesn’t taste good, but some folk put the leaves into salads.¬†One to look out for, or perhaps to grow on your kitchen window-sill. Then you know that it is organic!