Artichokes

Artichokes are in the thistle family.  They have been grown for centuries in various regions.  Optimal growing time for the Northern Hemisphere is March, April and May.

Artichokes are very beneficial to your health.  They promote digestion through increasing the bile flow which aids in digestion of fats.  And also aid digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They’re a powerful antioxidant that can help with cancer prevention.  Eating artichokes can lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.

Artichokes can be boiled or steamed.  Cut the sharp tips and stem before you cook.  When the leaves in the center pull away easily, it’s done.  You can enjoy either warm or cold.

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artichokes

Sweet Marjoram

Latin name: Origanum majorana

Function

  • good for respiratory issues
  • helps the circulatory system
  • muscle pains
  • stimulates digestion
  • relaxes anxiety, stress, and tension

Properties

  • expectorant
  • anti-viral
  • astringent
  • laxative
  • carminative
  • antispasmodic

Sweet marjoram works well for colds and flu.

Aloe

Latin name: Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis

Function

  • antioxidant for the skin
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • improves digestion
  • soothes ulcers
  • emollient
  • can relieve pain
  • helpful for constipation
  • enhances immune system
  • good for tissue repair

The older and larger the plant the more beneficial it is.

Aloe can penetrate tissue faster than water.

Aloe can penetrate tissue faster than water.