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Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent evergreen plant that can grow in tropical or sub-tropical climates or in pot indoor. It is great for the skin and to heal burns as it has a cooling effect.
Aloe vera juice is full of good antioxidants and you can drink it occasionally but be careful as it can lower your potassium and blood sugar.
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Artichoke
Artichoke is a wonderful vegetable but it takes eighteen months to mature. It likes a moist soil, plenty of compost, and good mulch to control weeds.
Artichoke prevents the hardening of the arteries and treats all liver problems; it is also a gentle diuretic.
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Basil
Basil is the herb of charm and sensuality dear to Krishna and Vishnu.
In spring, plant seeds and seedlings in a well drained soil. Remember that basil does not like frost and its best companion is marjoram, capsicum, and tomato.
Basil calms the nerves, gives energy, activates blood circulation, and reduces blood sugar levels. It also has antibacterial properties and relieves urinary inflammation, headache, and fever.
Basil is a very aromatic herb and is better fresh.
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Bay Laurel
Laurel was Apollo’s sacred plant.
It is a small tree liking full sun. It tolerates light frost and dryness when established. Trim the tree in summer and remove the suckers. Collect the leaves, which are called bay leaves; or buy them at your grocery shop.
Laurel strengthens the stomach and the bladder and alleviates arthritis.
However, do not eat the berries especially when you are pregnant as they may cause abortion.
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Beans & Lentils

Plant beans when the soil temperature reaches 20°C and protect them from the wind. Beans like carrots and sweet corns but hate onions, chives, or leeks. Dried beans such as Azuki, Soy, Haricot, peas, or lentils are excellent sources of antioxidant.

They protect against cancer and lower cholesterol significantly.
Remember to put a teaspoon of Bicarbonate when you soak them to make them easier to digest
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Wood Betony

This perennial grows in cool and temperate climates and has amazing medicinal properties especially for the head as its Celtic name suggests, ‘Bew’ means Head and ‘ton’ means good.
It has been used for many centuries as a medicine in Europe, Middle East and Asia, particularly in Chinese Medicine. It is good for digestion, breathing problems, pains like gout, of course migraine, bladder and kidney stones, nerve and join pains, anxiety.
Betony is a great tonic to add to Panax or Chinese Ginseng, Hawthorn, and Licorice. Due to its nice flavour, it can make an excellent tea substitute.
Nevertheless, it lowers blood pressure, therefore talk to your doctor if you are on medication and stop taking it 2 weeks before and after surgery.
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Blackberry

Do not plant blackberries in your garden, as they usually become a pest. In cool climates, they abound in woodlands and hedgerows. Collect the young leaves in spring and the berries in autumn.
All blue and purple plants are powerful antioxidants with antibacterial properties. Blackberry purifies the blood and is the flu’s enemy. Chewing blackberry leaves is good for bleeding gums.
It is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and vitamin C.

However, blackberry leaves contain high levels of tannin so they may cause gastro-intestinal disorders and constipation if you take them on regular basis. To avoid nausea, do not eat blackberries on an empty stomach.
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Blackcurrant
Black and redcurrants like cool climate especially mountainous areas and they tolerate most soils; the plant bears fruit the second year. Collect their leaves and berries.
Blackcurrant is a well-known diuretic and an anti-rheumatic remedy. It strengthens the immune system.
It contains magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins B and C, and zinc.
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Blueberry
Blueberry likes cool climates with moist and acidic soil and full sun. The plant only bears fruit after three years. Collect the berries.
Blueberry is recommended for rheumatism and arthritis. It is good against diabetes and typhoid fever.
It contains potassium and vitamins A and C.
However, avoid eating the leaves; due to their high level of tannin, they can cause constipation and anaemia; they may also damage the liver
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Bran
Oat bran, rice bran, and barley bran contain soluble fibres, which lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels; they relieve constipation and prevent intestinal cancer.
It is excellent in bread and muffin or as a breadcrumps substitute. However, remember to drink plenty of water while eating bran to avoid intestinal blockage
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