CRANBERRY

CRANBERRY:Prevents Bladder Infections

Incontinence, Urinary Tract Infections

Also Known As: No other name

HISTORY:

Before cranberry ever was considered a healing herb, they were eaten for their tangy and refreshing taste. The pilgrims supposedly dined on cranberry sauce at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 but cranberry sauce did not become a national tradition until after the Civil War. General Ulysses S. Grant considered cranberry sauce an essential part of Thanksgiving.

PREPARATION:

Cranberry juice cocktail is available at most supermarkets today. Pure cranberry juice is high in acid and too sour to drink which is why sugar and water are added to the juice that is sold commercially. If you suffer from a urinary tract infection, drink a couple of glasses of cocktail juice daily.

Check with your local nursery to see if cranberry can grow in your area. Gardeners need to have the right conditions necessary to grow this herb. Wet, boggy, acidic soil amended with with peat moss or leaf mold is needed. Cranberry is a small evergreen shrub that grows in mountain forests and damp bogs from Tennessee to Alaska.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Use either dried seeds or freshly picked pods. To use seeds, use soaked, well drained soil and plant seeds in planters or small pots 1/2 inches into soil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a worm place for germination. 

For planting from freshly picked pods, gently split the pod and remove the seeds. Lay on a paper towel to dry for 24 hours. Start a water bath by placing them in a pan of water that is half way filled To start cranberry bean plants from fresh picked pods, squeeze the bean pod gently to split and remove seeds. Lay the seeds out on paper towels or the like and air dry for about 48 hours.

Fill planting pots with seeds using well drained soil. Place pots in a pan of water with the liquid reaching the halfway mark of the pots. Leave pots in the water bath for around an hour or until the soil surface is wet. Germination of cranberry bean seeds occurs in about a week in warm conditions.

SAFETY:

Cranberry is considered safe in any amounts. No problems have been noted from drinking cranberry juice. If you are pregnant or taking medicine for kidney or a urinary tract infection, consult with your doctor for safety.