105-year-old’s herbal tips for a long life
Joan Brennan is 105 and credits her long life to home grown herbs - she discovered natural therapies in her fifties - and friendships.
Brennan celebrated her latest birthday on March 11 at a party with friends and family at Point Chevalier’s Selwyn Village.
She said looking after her health had always been important to her.
She said she tried to stay away from taking conventional pills and tablets whenever possible.
‘‘I have grown various weeds in my garden for years that I eat to keep well,’’ she said.
Some of the plants she had grown included milk thistle and arum lily - which she put on septic sores.
Friendship had always been very important to her as well, she said.
Brennan was born in Eng- land in 1912 and moved to Australia in 1922 with her mother and sister, after her father was killed in WWI.
She moved to New Zealand and trained as a nurse before returning overseas to the Isle of Man.
Brennan met her husband Tom while in England and they relocated to New Zealand after getting married in 1935.
For seven years they were lighthouse keepers on Portland Island in Hawkes Bay.
Joan Brennan turned 105 and celebrated with a party.