These natural health tips come from some great reader comments and further thought.
One reader wrote this health tip about reducing and preventing diarrhoea:
“Hello Gary, I really enjoyed the article about Blackberries. I love them so much. I have a lot of them on my place too. But, the best thing about them, they saved my little brother’s life. He had some sort of flu. Could not keep anything down or it went straight through him. The doctors could not help him. But, my Seminole Great Grandmother told my mother to give him blackberry juice. We started this, an almost instantly, he started getting better. And it wasn’t long before he was strong again. I have to laugh at my purple fingers during blackberry season, but there is nothing better. It is one of my nature connections. Even my dog picks berries with me. But the thorns give her a hard time. Because they get her on the nose. Thanks for the Blackberry article, and all that you do.”
This makes sense. Dr. John Douillard says in his “Three Season Diet” book:
“Native to Europe, blackberries are harvested in late spring and early summer, from April through July, but are out of season in the winter and are too cool for most winter climates. They are sweet, sour and astringent and help cool the body down and to treat diarrhoea, a classic summer condition in which the stool is liquefied by excess heat.”
Another reader wrote:
“Blackberries freeze well too so you can have them all year. Our labrador loves them as well. I’m currently reading James Howard Kunstler’s ‘Geography of Nowhere’. His ideas go well with yours about living within your means, seasonality, human sized / oriented projects. You can pick up used copies in the US very cheaply. He too sees the future by examining what has come before.”
Merri and I pick and freeze enough blackberries so we can have pies and juice year round.
Here is what a reader wrote a health tip about Blackberry acid.
“Hello again. My grandmother used to serve blackberry juice when I was a little child. She called it ‘blackberry acid’. It’s the only time I have ever seen it served in this country.”
Acid fruits such as berries (other than OJ) create alkalinity in the body. Keeping the body pH balanced may be one of the biggest health tips there is in this fast paced acid world.
Here is another reader comment:
“I once had the opportunity to read an unpublished civil war journal kept by the lady of a plantation in eastern NC, while all her men were away in the war. The entry one day was ‘Put up fifty gallons of blackberry wine’. That’s a lot of production from wild blackberries! The berries are indeed really good here this year, as is almost all the other fruit wild or domestic. Enjoy.”
One health tip is that Blackberry wine may be good for you.
The life extension website (lef.org) says in its article Very Berry – and Grape too!:
“My grandmother was a folk healer. She knew a lot about herbs. But her favorite medicinal potions were home-made wines, which she prepared herself. She favored black currant, elderberry and blackberry wine. Tart cherries and small, dark navy-blue grapes were also acceptable, but black currants and elderberry were credited with greater preventive and healing power. ‘For a strong heart and long life,’ my grandmother explained.
“Modern science has confirmed that dark-colored berries and red, purple and dark-blue grapes are a treasure house of health-giving and possibly even life-extending phenolic compounds, including proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and quercetin. And while the days of home-made wine may be over, we now have excellent extracts that provide standardized doses of the active polyphenols in berries and grapes. Bilberry extract and grape seed extract are the best known; cranberry extract and elderberry extract are also available for special therapeutic uses.”
This brings us to one reason you may want to visit us here in the Blue Ridge.
Nestled near us, the New River Winery is the first commercial winery in Ashe County. The winery is in Lansing, N.C., and is near the headwaters of the New River, the second oldest river in the world about 20 minutes from our farm. It was America’s first Heritage River. New River Winery has attempted to capture and reflect the essence and unique characteristics of the nature in this region in its wines and corporate philosophy.
New River Winery was founded in 2005 as a cooperative venture of wine lovers with a common tie to Ashe County and the Blue Ridge High Country. The mission of the winery is to produce and sell high quality wines and have a great time doing it.
The winery is housed in the Old School in Lansing not far from our farm. Here is this wonderful old building.
Their wines include Bohemia Red and Bohemia White, Back Porch Blueberry, Pinot Blanc, Viogner, Hellbender Red, Lansing School White, Big Laurel Blush, Seyval and even a little blackberry wine.
The President, is our friend, Haskell McGuire, who was born and raised here but served as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Bellsouth International.
Currently, the winery procures grapes from two local sources, one of which is a certified organic farm. At this time they also purchase the blueberries necessary to produce their signature Back Porch Blueberry wine from a local grower in Ashe County.
The winery has a tasting and retail outlet at Bohemia Gallery as well as a second retail outlet, Ashe Cheese, both located in downtown West Jefferson, North Carolina.
Bohemia is one of our favorite coffee shops when we are in West Jefferson…well worth a stop
You can order New River wine online from http://isgameon.net
Here is one final health tip from a reader comment.
“Your article on blackberries/blueberries is good. However, you would have to consume a HUGE amt of berries to get the daily req. of ORAC of 10,000-15,000 and would be really expensive.”
I questioned this and asked our health care giver, Dr Joe Spano, who replied:
“Dear Gary, To begin with, the FDA recommended daily ORAC intake is 3000-5000. the remarks assume that the only anti-oxidants that you will take in would be blackberry/blueberry.
“The ORAC has become a marketing tool, but it has its foibles. It is not the
final word on anti-oxidant value. It is a useful guideline only. See ORAC definition
“I think that there would be additional anti-oxidant power by adding a berry
with high ORAC value. It would not be superior to a fresh fruit but an extract of
the berry would still have value and it is a nice marketing gimmick. Why not dip your fresh fruit in liquid dark chocolate?
“There already exists chocolates with berry etc. added. Bottom line is that the product is probably good (wonder how it tastes?). Fresh is always better to my mind. You lose some anti-oxidant strength with processing. You do keep the color chemical component (anthrocyanidins)
“Fresh blueberries have high ORAC value-OXYGEN RADICAL ABSORBANCE CAPACITY.
Normally being black and blue means you have been hurt. Yet in summer days “turning black and blue” can be a berry good natural health tip.
Join us amidst the wild blackberries, blueberries, apples, pears, peaches and plums at the farm.
While much of the U.S. burns up this summer we enjoy cool nights (mid 50s) sleeping under blankets without screens (translation-there are no mosquitoes here). Rarely does it reach 80 during the day and if it does a quick dip in the creek cools us right down. We have farmhouses, cottages, cabins and cottages you can stay in and enjoy. Rockers on the front porch (best for watching fireflies at night and eating sunny breakfasts), quiet pools to chill watermelon, waterfalls in which to soak, horses to chase, chickens and ducks to feed and we would enjoy meeting you.
Everyone who comes wants to come back and right now we can treat you to some fresh blackberry pie!
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