As of Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Our gardens provide us great and tasty fruits and vegetables for our snacks and suppers, but they also provide great health benefits from pain relief to improving mental health.
Sour cherries are a big one. For pain relief, they help address inflammation and reduce pain sensitivity. In a 2001 study at Michigan State University, the anthocyanins in cherries were found to be equivalent to two common over-the-counter pain killers. For athletes, drinking tart cherry juice has helped in the aftermath of competition with less pain and faster muscle recovery.
Mint is wonderful, just for aromatherapy, but especially in our summer drinks to add a fresh seasonal twist. On the health side, it sooths stomach indigestion and inflammation. Menthol oil derived from mint can also be soothing for nausea and related motion sickness. Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion.
Long-known for its health benefits is sage. Benefits include as a natural antiseptic, its oils for use with muscle aches and rheumatism, and in enhancing mental clarity and memory. It has also been used in treating cognitive decline and for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Sage can be made into a tea and used to help ease depression.
Ginger is a workhorse, addressing a range of issues from treating nausea associated with morning sickness to helping reduce inflammation. It has been used to ease muscle pain and soreness, arthritis and migraines. If you overdo it in physical activity, it can be used to reduce soreness. Use of ginger may also help lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors.
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