An overview of different herbal realities focusing on the medicinal value of plants, indigenous herbs of South Africa
• Street-wise----Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild.
When you read about the ignorance and lack of care of the government, it is very difficult to stay cool.
Delightful to the stomach when it is irritated by some nervous condition, lavender calms the intensity of stomach nerves. Steeped in bath water as a whole herb or as lavender oil, anxiety and stress dissolves.
An old folk remedy is that using the oil or above ground parts including the flowers in a bath also helps relieve gout, muscle pain and rheumatism. Science has a bit of the answers yet experience over many generations is as valid as ice cream on a hot summers day.
Acne is often helped using the oil applied directly as lavender has anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Those properties also help with colds and coughs. A tea can also be taken by adding a teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of hot water or a few fresh twigs.
Some folks use it for asthma although it may be the calming action of the volatile oils not so much the antibacterial properties that are also helpful for colds.
Read food labels and note what has GM ingredients—it may be difficult -- as no legislation is passed for labelling GM products which means that if your kid gets ill from some soya baby food or milk you have no recourse and the future rulers of the planet (corporatocracy) are free to carry on their devastation in the name of greed.
Lavender is used for Meteorism. I get the impression that most fat lazy ministers, sleek corporate carpetbaggers, slimy false smiling bank executives, police, power mad clerks and slothful non service orientated personal suffer from it. Meteorism is uncontrolled flatulence and a cup of lavender tea goes a long way to quell the storm..
A general rule when making a herbal tea, ideally water should be boiled and allowed to cool a bit, then add the herb and steep for 15 minutes before drinking.
The process of cutting a herb generates heat so the finer the cut of the herb so too does the potency diminish that little bit. So I recommend the rough tea cut rather than teabags even though it appears to be a mission to make in the rush rush everyday world.The surface area of a finer cut allows for more absorption if the herb is finely cut with not much heat generated.
Guidance with professional health practitioners from the naturopath, sangoma, dietician, alternative healer to a MD is an responsible course of action when dealing with any substance affecting your health.
IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .
DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.
These herb properties are directly connected to and derived from the forces of nature - if you want to call it Godhead, Greater hierarchy, Krishna, Yaveh, Allah, it does not matter—these are the forces that we can trust today. So treat the herbs with the respect due to a great natural force, never mind the ravings of a semi lunatic political, media force doing their best to undermine common sense.
In the next newsletter we will deal with Coriander in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.
Diabetes Mellitus is an ailment that occurs when the Pancreas is unable to secrete enough Insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar (Glucose) level, leading to high Blood Sugar levels.
Diabetes Insipidis is a kidney related ailment due to lack of a hormone (Vasopressin also called anti diuretic hormone) and the symptoms noted are increased and frequent urination. This accounts for about 2-8% of Diabetes.
Diabetes type 1 is usually from childhood and regarded as an autoimmune disease.
Certain herbs lower the glucose level in type 1—
Holy Basil and Aloe Vera are some of the easily obtainable herbs from your health shop.
Metformin is the usual prescribed drug of choice for Diabetes. Metformin is synthesized from a constituent of the herb Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis), which is very effective for diabetes and its symptoms.
With the real increase in sugar based tinned foods, SSBs (sugar sweetened beverages) and sweets the increase of diabetes has rapidly escalated whereby about a billion people have that complaint and the symptoms which are further enhanced by the indiscriminate use of pharmaceutical drugs and the side effects of those drugs.
Fenugreek seeds (Methi) and fenugreek sprouts alleviate the symptoms of diabetes type 1 and are easy to sprout (see newsletter no 19). They are bitterish and obtained from health shops or an Indian grocer.
A good raw diet has wonderfully positive effects for those willing to tread that path.
A big no no is feeding soy milk to children, which may cause the complaint.
There are a number of side effects of Diabetes type one –
BEWARE ASPARTAME---shown as causing Diabetes, all sorts of Cancers, major Nervous Disorders, High Blood Pressure and affects the Chromosomes (genetic material).
I fell and hurt myself as a child and was given sugar water and since then it has been a good thing.
“And before you leave the market place, see that no one has gone his way with empty hands.
In the further newsletters on diabetes type 2 will discuss in detail the effects of diabetes, the prevention and foods and herbs that prevent and alleviate the illness.
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Glossary(meanings of some fancy words)