keep the doctor away but most of your friends, too. Although it
doesn't do much for breath freshness, garlic's an all-round
antibiotic used since Egyptian times to heal or prevent illness.
It stops blood platelets sticking together which prevents clots
forming and lessens the chances of strokes and heart disease. It's
not only an excellent tonic for preventing illness but can also
clear up colds, catarrh ,viruses and fever. Eating a raw
clove brings tears to your eyes but you can crush it into
hot soup or take it as capsules. To benefit from its antiseptic
properties, rub the neat juice from a crushed clove on cold sores,
cratches, spots or fungal growths such as athlete's foot.
Aloe Vera Cleopatra allegedly owed her good looks to bathing
in goats' milk and aloe vera, the spiky cactus-like
plant found in drsert and on British window sills. Break off
the spiky leaf and open it up, scoop out the stickly colorless gel
to put directly on to the skin to heal burns, eczema, cuts,
ulcers, psoriasis, scars and sunburn. It also
moisturizes skin, increases collagen and stimulates cell
production. If put directly on the hair it helps dandruff,
cleanses the scalp, soothes itching and makes the hair shine.
Ginger Used in drinks and to flavour food,
the Chinese even use ginger to warm themselves in winter. Ginger
is used in travel sickness preparations and alleviates morning
sickness, colds, and joint pains. Even ginger ale, ginger beer or
ginger biscuits can quell queasy feelings. Rosalind says:
"Ginger stimulates circulation and is excellent for people
with cold feet. " "It helps ease indigestion and
flatulence and can be used in water as a gargle to ease a sore
throat. " It can be chopped up in stir-fries, used in curries
and casseroles or drunk as a tea. About an inch of the fresh root
should be peeled, chopped and boiled in water for 20 minutes or
just put a slice in your normal tea to feel its benefits.