Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sumac Berries, Instant Antidote for Garlic Overdose

Dear Readers,

How's that for a catchy post title? I thought I'd share with you a little bit of herbal experience, learned firsthand: The other night we were feeling a little "off" and so decided to dose ourselves with a garlic-laden salad.

Tasha's salad, sans garlic
"We", however, failed to notice that two fat cloves had made their way onto our fork at the same time (One of us is very silly~I won't say it's me, but it's not anyone else [A Wives and Daughters family joke.].)!

Beautiful, odorous stuff!
In the following moments of the acute (Better sit REALLY still and hope it passes without a quick trip to les toilettes) indigestion that garlic imparts, Frankie came toddling in carrying a bag of dried sumac berries that I had purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs to help lower AnnaMarie's blood sugar.

Sumac tree in winter
Apparently my guardian angel had led him on a raid of the herb cupboard, because after taking the bag from him so he wouldn't spill them, I wondered if their super-sour properties would help. I took a handful and sucked on them, and within minutes, I was completely relieved of the burning pains I had been suffering.

Sumac berries are very high in citric acid, which I believe did the trick. I'm willing to bet that they would also help relieve morning sickness, as well as nausea in general.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to buy an extra bag to have on hand for gastronimical emergencies!




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  3. Where can I learn more about sumac berries lowering blood sugar?


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