TRADITIONAL HOME AND FOLK REMEDY: Asparagus

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

 

Asparagus is a liver tonic, and promotes elimination through the urine.

A herbaceous perennial of the Liliaceae family, asparagus is cultivated for its tender shoots, which appear in early spring.

In 1806 the French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, who discovered the elements chromium and beryllium, isolated asparagine, the first amino acid to be discovered, from the asparagus plant.

 

Did you know?

The water left after cooking asparagus treats urinary problems.

 

Some of the Properties are….

  • Encourages the flow of urine, making a useful diuretic.
  • Acts as a tonic to the liver.
  • Aids digestion
  • May help control the symptoms of PMS, including breast tenderness and abdominal bloating.

 

Uses

  • Drink asparagus water (the water remaining after steaming asparagus spears)
  • Freshly cooked asparagus will tonify the liver, and may be used in cases of liver congestion and conditions such as hepatitis to encourage healing.
  • Asparagus tincture can be added to food and drinks to encourage the elimination of urine.

 

I don’t know about you but I kind of feel like I need to go to the store and have asparagus with my dinner tonight.

I hope this is helpful to you!

Consult a physician before consuming large quantities or intend to use for medicinal purposes.

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Sources: 

Book: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PHD

ISBN #9780007851379

Information pulled December 4, 2018

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