105-year-old’s herbal tips for a long life

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

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.

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