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Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) – Artichokes have diuretic properties, while increasing blood circulation, regenerating liver tissue and stimulating the gall bladder. Artichoke is said to reduce blood lipids, serum cholesterol, and blood sugar

Asapragus (Asparagus officinalis) – Asparagus has diuretic properties, and as such used to treat urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder stones. It has been believed to be an aphrodesiac.

Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) - Bean pods are effective in lowing blood sugar levels and can be used (with the concurrence of a doctor) for mild cases of diabetes. The green pods are mildly diuretic and contain a substance that reduces the blood sugar level. The dried mature pod is used according to another report.

  Common Bean Common Bean
Common Bean
Beans are one of the longest-cultivated plants, broad beans having been grown at least since ancient Egypt, and the common bean for six thousand years in the Americas. Medicinal Uses: Diuretic Bean p

Beets (Beta vulgaris) - Dried beet leaf is probably one of the earliest recorded bulk herbs used in Western medicine. The “Father of Modern Medicine,” Hipokrates of Kos, used beet leaf powder as a coagulant for wounds; the ancient Romans employed the juice as an aphrodisiac

  Beets Beets
In earlier times, people exclusively ate the beet greens and not the roots. The ancient Romans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate beets to use their roots as food. The tribes that invade

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea italica) - Broccoli is known as a cancer fighter and diabetes preventer.

  Broccoli Broccoli
It has been popular in Italy since the days of the Roman Empire. However, records indicate this vegetable was unknown in England until a relatively recent few hundred years ago. It has become popular

Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) – Brussels Sprouts are believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their containing sinigrin

Carrot (Daucus carota ssp. sativus) - The beta-carotene in carrots aids night vision. It also protects against macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly

Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea botrytis) - A high intake of cauliflower has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

  Cauliflower Cauliflower
Cauliflower traces its ancestry to the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in ancient Asia Minor, which resembled kale or collards more than the vegetable that we now know it to be. The c

Celery (Apium graveolens L. var. dulce) - The use of celery seed in pills for relieving pain was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus ca. 30 AD

Leek (Allium tricoccum) - Native Americans knew ramps well. They used them in decoctions to treat coughs and colds, and they made a poultice from the juice of the strong summer bulbs to alleviate the pain and itching of bee stings

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) - The roots are very rich in mucilage, having a strongly demulcent action. This mucilage can be used as a plasma replacement. An infusion of the roots is used in the treatment of syphilis. The juice of the roots is used externally in Nepal to treat cuts, wounds, and boils. The leaves furnish an emollient poultice

Olive (Olea europaea) – Scores of scientific studies in the past decade have shown that olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat—the "good" fat—may prolong life by combating coronary heart disease and different types of cancer.

Onion (Allium cepa) - Although rarely used specifically as a medicinal herb, the onion has a wide range of beneficial actions on the body and when eaten (especially raw) on a regular basis will promote the general health of the body. . Fresh onion juice is a very useful first aid treatment for bee and wasp stings, bites, grazes, or fungal skin complaints. When warmed the juice can be dropped into the ear to treat earache. It also aids the formation of scar tissue on wounds, thus speeding up the healing process, and has been used as a cosmetic to remove freckles.

  Onion Onion
The onion was one of the first plants to be cultivated for food and medicine. It is very widely cultivated in most parts of the world for its edible bulb and leaves, there are many named varieties cap

Potato, Sweet (Ipomoea batatas) - The leaf decoction is used in folk remedies for tumors of the mouth and throat. Reported to be alterative, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericide, demulcent, fungicide, laxative, and tonic, sweetpotato is a folk remedy for asthma, bugbites, burns, catarrh, ciguatera, convalescence, diarrhea, dyslactea, fever, nausea, renosis, splenosis, stomach distress, tumors, and whitlows

Potato, White (Solanum tuberosum) - A poultice has been made from boiling potatoes in water. This is applied as hot as can be borne to rheumatic joints, swellings, skin rashes, hemorrhoids etc. Peeled but uncooked potatoes have been pounded in a mortar and then applied cold as a soothing plaster to burns and scalds. Potato skins are used in India to treat swollen gums and to heal burns.

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) - They contain lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants, which, especially when tomatoes are cooked, has been found to help prevent prostate cancer

Zucchini (Cucubita pepo) - Regular consumption of the vegetable can help protect the body against colon cancer. Zucchini is believed to be beneficial in preventing heart disease and related symptoms, such as high cholesterol.


Cacao (Theobroma cacao) - Reported to be antiseptic, diuretic, ecbolic, emmenagogue, and parasiticide, cacao is a folk remedy for alopecia, burns, cough, dry lips, eyes, fever, listlessness, malaria, nephrosis, parturition, pregnancy, rheumatism, snakebite, and wounds

  Cacao Cacao
The first Europeans to encounter cacao were Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1502, when they captured a canoe at Guanaja that contained a quantity of mysterious-looking “almonds.” The first real E

Coffee (Coffea arabica) - Coffee consumption has been linked to breast size reduction and taking regular hits of caffeine reduces the risk of breast cancer. Coffee appears to reduce the risk of alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabete mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of the liver, and gout.

  Coffee Bean Coffee Bean
Coffee Bean
Medicinal Uses: Coffee consumption has been linked to breast size reduction and taking regular hits of caffeine reduces the risk of breast cancer. Coffee appears to reduce the risk of alzheimer’s dise

Kitchen Medicine - Part 3

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July 16, 2010
I have been working on a book with this title off and on for years!....Thanks

July 16, 2010
You keep out-doing yourself! This is great info!


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