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Garlic

Garlic cloves have been used in medicine throughout the ages. It is said to slightly thin the blood and thereby reduces the incidence of circulatory disorders including strokes. It is noted for its ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Garlic is a general tonic for the body and eases colds, chest and ear infections. It may be chopped up and added to all kinds of meals from salads and soups to roasts and dishes that are fried. It will help to reduce blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, although it is a useful healer it does cause the body to produce an unpleasant garlic odour. Garlic is easy to grow - most cloves, even if they have been stored for a few weeks in a refrigerator will flourish once they have been plated into moist soil. The cloves soon multiply and throw up long green shoots. The shoots and new cloves may be used both in cooking and for medicinal purposes. They are also a useful addition to the flower border. If Garlic cloves are planted at the base of rose bushes and fruit trees, over a period of time they help to protect the plants from greenfly, aphids, and black spot.

 

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard is an old relative of the cabbage family. Used many years ago for treating worms and chesty complaints it was later linked to alleviate mild asthmatic conditions. It was renowned for its antiseptic properties and was a possible treatment for minor cuts. It flourishes near hedges or at the back of borders. The fresh young leaves may be included as an interesting extra green in salads. 

 

Hazel

The Hazelnut is the prince or princess of the nut family. Hazel is easy to grow and will readily form a lovely hedgerow of medium to tall bushes that will give a crop of Hazelnuts or Cobnuts as they are sometimes called. They root easily from cuttings but, if preferred, can be purchased from garden centres. As a single plant the Hazel can be left to grow into a small tree approximately 18 feet, although occasionally a few do extend a few feet more than this. Hazelnuts are not only nutritious and full of essential fatty acids but they are thought to help lower dangerous cholesterol levels.

As with all nuts and seeds - although they are extremely beneficial to health they are best consumed in small quantities - one small handful of nuts and seeds combined per day. (Only consider more than one handful per day if weight gain will not cause a problem.) Some people experience nut allergies with certain varieties of nuts - if experiencing discomfort after consuming nuts, seek medical advice immediately. If suffering from high cholesterol levels seek guidance in reducing it from a qualified medical practitioner.

The magical Hazel has been well known for its divining properties for hundreds of years by country people, and is fun to try out. Look for a fairly young twig that is a 'Y' shape and around 14" in length approximately 35.5 cms, some people prefer them slightly longer. Place the single point of the twig in the direction that is to be assessed and hold one branch of the 'Y' in each hand. Hold the twig with hands held upwards and thumbs held outwards. Hold quite firmly and the single branch should point slightly upwards. When the spot is reached where there is water or sometimes other items sought, the Hazel 'Y' will shoot downwards and the 'X' spot hopefully located.