Her­bal meds key to long life, 105-year-old says

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - 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.

Bren­nan said friend­ship had al­ways been very im­por­tant to her as well.

Bren­nan was born in Eng­land 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.

Joan Bren­nan cel­e­brated turn­ing 105 with a party and cake.

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