An overview of different herbal realities focusing on the medicinal value of plants, indigenous herbs of South Africa
and aspects of the herbal industry that affect the person in the street.
Since time does not allow most of us to read long newsletters, this newsletter will only deal with one herb at a time starting with the series kitchenwise and streetwise.


• Street-wise----Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild.
• Antibiotics Part 4


Capsicum annum
Capsicum frutescens (tabasco pepper)
Capsicum minimum

Cayenne; Chile; Chili; Chili Pepper; Chilli Pepper; Hot Pepper; Red Pepper; Tabasco Pepper

Guinness World Records accepted another superhero in 2007 ---The bhut jolokia-the ghost chilli or naga chilli - as the world's spiciest chilli. It is grown and eaten in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat. To give you an idea of how hot she is- she has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chilli’s spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, while jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000. So consider carefully before dating the ghost chilli.

Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is very rich (real wealth) in organic Calcium and Potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the heart. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition because of the processed food we are eating and the prevalent sub human consciousness pervading the planet which advocates identification with violence, and the separation engendered by science, religion and misinformation.

Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is said to be unequal for its ability to boost circulation and increase heart action. It is a natural stimulant without the threatening side effects (palpitations, hyper-activity or rise in blood pressure) of most other stimulating agents (why bother slamming the pharmaceuticals again). Improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and prevents clotting. So good for clots too.

"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea: a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around."
Dr. Christopher
If, God forbid, a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed. The warm tea is faster working than tablets, capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell structure--makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and it goes directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it heart muti.
If you want to carry something in your first aid kit for a heart attack, carry a cayenne tincture. Even a bottle of Tabasco Sauce® might be good enough..

Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is a very high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. (Damage caused by aspirin, alcohol and grandpa) It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins. Realize that without good digestion nothing gets through to the brain, organs, nyet to muscles, glands—so no good sex, no good rugby no nothing.

This is the sort of magic the pharmaceuticals are trying to patent – God’s creations are becoming the possessions of the richest corporations in the world and then they will phase out availability of the fruit and produce substitute genetic seeds which they will control hence the plan for world food domination continues.
The next step in the fight against terrorism by politicians, police and corporations is the planting of a pot of chillies at home.

A chilli’s spiciness can be scientifically measured by calculating its content of Capsaicin, the chemical that gives a pepper its bite and the active pain-killing constituent.
Capsaicin has very powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the skin. It reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain, in your body. When there is less substance P, the pain messages no longer reach the brain, and you feel relief.
Capsaicin Cream can be made by combining 15 grams of Chilli (Capsicum) with 100 grams of cream. This would produce a cream containing approximately 0.075% Capsaicin.

Instead of barking at the system , buck it by making your own--- Dry the chili peppers in a slow oven (around 150ºC, or approximately 300ºF) until crisp. Keep a regular watch on their progress so that you will know when they have dried.Remove and cool completely and grind toa powder. Its always nice to know what is in the medication youre using especially as it empowers you.


Psoriasis causes lots of psoris.- Capsaicin cream can reduce itching and inflammation from psoriasis, a long-lasting skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as joint or muscle pain from fibromyalgia or other causes.Nerve pain from shingles and other painful skin conditions (postherpetic neuralgia) that happen even after the skin blisters have gone away. Research is mixed, Check with your doctor to see if trying capsaicin ointment is right for you.
Useful for pain after surgery, such as a mastectomy or an amputation

With pain from nerve damage in the feet or legs from diabetes, called diabetic peripheral neuropathy Low back pain, for shingles, psoriasis, arthritis, or muscle pain: Capsaicin cream (0.025 - 0.075% capsaicin) may be applied directly to the affected area up to 4 times a day. Capsaicin cream may cause an itching, burning sensation on the skin, but these symptoms tend to go away quickly. Test capsaicin cream on a small area of the skin before extended use. If it causes irritation, or if symptoms do not get better after 2 - 4 weeks, stop using it.
Don’t apply capsaicin cream to cracked skin or open wounds.

After using capsaicin, wash your hands well and avoid touching your eyes. If you're using cayenne around children, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly after handling cayenne.
Cayenne does not dissolve easily in water, so it’s hard to wash off. Use vinegar to get it off the skin. People who are allergic to latex, bananas, kiwi, chestnuts, and avocado may also have an allergy to cayenne.
Eating cayenne in food is considered safe during pregnancy, but pregnant women should not take cayenne as a supplement. Cayenne does pass into breast milk, so nursing mothers should avoid cayenne both as a spice and a supplement
Chronic headache sufferers may soon have some new alternatives. The active ingredient in cayenne peppers, capsaicin, is believed to bring headache relief by depleting Substance P, a neurotransmitter that helps send pain signals.


"One of the best lotions in use is prepared as follows: Boil gently for ten minutes one tablespoonful of cayenne pepper in one pint of cider vinegar. Bottle that, hot and unstrained. This makes a powerfully stimulating external application for deep-seated congestions, sprains, etc.

Capsicum is antiseptic and therefore a most valuable agent as a gargle in ordinary sore throat or in diphtheria

If you get cold feet when you look at the myth of the justice and non existent police system of South Africa, a little capsicum sprinkled in the shoes will greatly assist in cold feet. Some place a sprinkle in the socks. Don't place too much however; you may find it too warm. Always welcome in winter nights though.

For summer, The Capsaicin in Cayenne may facilitate weight loss by increasing basal metabolic rate. Thermogenesis is the term used to describe the "burning" of calories (usually from Fatty Acids stored in White Adipose Tissue) to increase body temperature and provide Energy to the body. An increase in Thermogenesis goes “hand-in-hand” with increasing the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
Researchers indicate that stamina for athletes in enhanced significantly by the capsaicin content of cayenne. Better than steroids and legal.
Capsules or a tincture are obtainable from health food stores
Diabetes sugar levels are lowered and the total serum cholesterol levels are brought into balance.


Chilli may inhibit some types of Detrimental Bacteria (due to the Capsaicin and Dihydrocapsaicin content of Chilli): Bacillus cereus Bacillus subtilis. Clostridium tetani. Escherichia coli Helicobacter pylori Pneumocystis carinii Streptococcus pyogenes.
To date research on the extremely detrimental bacteria Politicianis Bullshetia and Bankeri Ripoffis has yielded no positive lab results although application of hot chilli enemas is effective.
It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them.

Management of Prostate cancers is said to be much better with very good results using capsaicin, which causes cancer cell to undergo suicide (apoptosis).
Capsaicin has major anti proliferation properties against cancer cells and tests against lung, pancreatic, breast and stomach cancers have been beneficial.
If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use cayenne supplements without first talking to your health care provider.
ACE inhibitors -- Using capsaicin cream may raise the risk of developing a cough, one of the side effects of ACE inhibitors. These medications are used to treat high blood pressure. People who take ACE inhibitors should talk to their doctor before taking cayenne. ACE inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure include: Captopril (Capoten) Elaropril (Vasotec) Fosinopril (Monopril) Lisinopril (Zestril)
Stomach acid reducers -- Capsaicin can increase stomach acid, making these drugs less effective. These drugs include:Cimetidine (Tagamet) Esomeprazole (Nexium) Famotidine (Pepcid) Omeprazole (Prilosec) Ranitidine (Zantac) Over-the-counter drugs such as Maalox, Rolaids, Tums Nonprescription versions of Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, and Prilosec
Aspirin -- Capsaicin may make aspirin less effective as a pain reliever. It also may increase the risk of bleeding associated with aspirin.
Blood-thinning medications and herbs -- Capsaicin may increase the risk of bleeding associated with certain blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and clopidogrel (Plavix) and herbs such as ginkgo, ginger, ginseng, and garlic.
Medications for diabetes -- Capsaicin lowers blood sugar levels, raising the risk of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Ask your doctor before using capsaicin if you have diabetes.
Theophylline -- Regular use of cayenne may cause your body to absorb too much theophylline, a medication used to treat asthma. This could be dangerous.

When dealing with a breakdown in one aspect of the body health, it may be wise to treat the whole system rather than focus on a single organ or system. In this way mixtures of herbs may work more effectively than a single herb—some helping with elimination and detoxing.Our mixtures contain herbs, which do all that and fortify the mineral and vitamin supply hence providing a more complete healing process with no side effects.

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.

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.


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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.
Prevention is better than cure.

In the next newsletter we will deal with Cayenne pepper in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.


The wild crafting of herbs is resulting in the endangering of many plant species— it is so many of the indigenous African herbs and trees, this is dangerous as it upsets the balance of nature. The eco system undergoes a change.
through the loss of species.
Probable that the witchdoctor and inyanga don’t care too much about that part of the process. Rhino horns get all the media attention and this change in the eco system is largely ignored—perhaps if we exported our herbs to the east something would be said on page 7 of the newspaper although that is not counted as news in this country

Localized antibiotics do not work through out the body.
They are localized to the skin and to the gastro intestinal tract G.I.T.—often they are found in large concentrations in systemic organs but that is because they are the organs of elimination of those particular herb’s components for e.g. garlic in the lungs.

The most used localized antibiotics are from the berberine group of plants….Oregon grape, Golden seal and Phellodendron (not philodendron ) being some of the most commonly used local antibiotics are also amongst the threatened species. Since the berberines have been found to be effective against a huge variety of resistant and virulent bio-organisms, large tracts of land are being farmed and the indigenous herbs are getting a chance to recover where the land is not expropriated for commercial use.
These localized herbs are effective singly and together for
Skin Inflammation, Skin Infection , Dysentery, Mouth Ulcers, Throat And Mouth Infection, ,Catarrh,
Vaginal Discharge, GIT Infections, Gout, Liver Stagnation, Jaundice, Swelling of the Legs.

Juniper, Thuja, Cedar and Pine also exhibit anti bacterial properties.

They are easily obtainable through health shops as ointment, capsules and tea.
Using a single herb is effective but in combination with other herbs, which have similar properties or wih synergists, the herbal effectiveness, is greatly enhanced. A radio program may extol the virtues of one herb yet using herbs in combination is an art and needs to be guided by a practised herbalist, doctor or shaman.

Easily obtainable herbs for skin ailments are garlic and capsicum,

We have in SA an untapped and mostly unresearched pharmacy of herbs, which may very well surpass any of the common European local antibiotics.
Strangely enough these herbs are not as easily obtainable in health shops because of the ignorance about local herbs and perceived allegiance to the ways of the western world as shown by the UK and US..
Bloublomsalie, Cancerbush, Wilde Als, Wilde Dagga and Buchu are common effective South African herbs
What all countries have in common is raw honey. We have organic raw fynbos honey and that is very potent antibiotic against all known forms of resistant bacteria that infect the skin and wounds
Honey is used by direct local application to skin inflammation and infection, moist wounds, peptic ulcer bacterial enteritis, respiratory infections. Apply the raw honey to the wound and cover with a sterile bandage.

Taking a shower is not going to get rid of bacteria.That is a myth which only primitive morons may believe. On the other hand a good salad a day helps keep the side effects at bay.

Both pharmaceutical and alternative antibiotics have their uses. The plant alternatives are usually less invasive, have minimal or no side effects, are relatively much cheaper and notably do not have bacterial resistance because they have had many millenia of interaction with the different bacteria and have developed ways to overcome them such as producing natural antibiotic substances that are bactericidal.

In the West we are blinded by the scientific approach of breaking down a substance to find its potent part: thus excluding all the different compounds in the plant which have complementary actions such as preventing side effects and increasing the general potency of the active principal.
I suspect our approach to herbs is from ignorance and it is the plant itself that has to be called on to furnish the way of usage and preparation.This is not the standard approach and many herbalists may have not even seen, planted or spoken to the herbs they use

Likely you would find herbal antibiotics growing in your garden or hanging round your kitchen waiting for a chance to help.
Many are synergists which means.they are potent on their own yet add major vooma to the plant antibiotics and pharmaceuticals being used by increasing the absorption, and assimilation of the healing properties of the medication.
This is a new area of herbology for the west.Certain synergistic herbs have a wide action throughout the body and some are potent locally.The synergistic action of Pepper, Licorice and Ginger is more widespread in the body aiding circulation of active ingredients throughout the body.

Synergists such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and Lemon Grass act locally and application is usually topical using very low dosages of oils on skin lesions.
These local synergists also work in the alimentary tract: eg Thyme and Sage tea is great for sore throats and lemon grass aids in the stomach.

The use of a single herb may be good because the many compounds within it act together and the whole action is greater than the sum of the parts.Other herbs added to the mixture cause a much greater action and also a more wideranging effect on the body.The process is called synergy.
The overall effect of these synergistic herbs is to increase the potency of.other herbs and increasing absorption, lowering the necessary dosage, activating the healing ability of the substance and in some cases overcoming resistance by stopping the efflux pump mechanism of bacteria which is one of the ways bacteria maintain resistance to antibiotics.
We will continue with aspects of Diabetes in the next newsletter.

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