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.
• Sleep disorders-Sleep Apnea pt 1

Hypericum Perforatum
Hypericum formosum

Much has been said about AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) but very little about the antiretroviral effect of herbs especially St Johns Wort (SJW).

This is understandable as St Johns Wort (SJW) has little side effect has been properly researched and is relatively cheap.
SJW has been used without interference for the past 3000 years.

St Johns Wort also inhibits some bacteria----nice, since some resistant bacteria are making it difficult to control bacterial infections.

Antibiotic properties have been shown with staph, enterococcus, E coli and other detrimental bacteria.

And since it suits the dark side, which controls the puppets in government, those big pharmaceutical companies will try anything to satisfy their own and politician’s greed by trying to control the herb and complementary medicine market. It would be such a travesty. The inevitable can be avoided by a public outcry. The butterfly effect is effective if lots of butterflies participate.

Hypericin----like when you get hyper----is one of the active ingredients in SJW which alleviate depression especially that depression which is caused by weather changes—living in South Africa has some advantages due to the sun but those people living in the dull sunlight countries---call them the “doff ones”—suffer from a seasonal depression which can be helped by St Johns Wort.

SJW works on the neurotransmitters, enhancing their action and so apart from the seasonal benefits it also has been shown to benefit withdrawal from drug, alcohol and nicotine addiction, insomnia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and aggressiveness.

Some people who are more sensitive with moods swings, anxiety depression and the fatigue that results from those states, will benefit from St Johns Wort.
Indeed its beneficial effect on the nervous system is so unbelievable, it should be included in bread recipes instead of the genetically modified soya and other products that pollute our staple foods, which are allowed and encouraged, and the healthy stuff marginalized.

Taken usually as a tea---1 teaspoon to a cup of hot water 3 times a day depending on the severity of the depression.
In pill form, 900mg per day usually taken 3 times a day in 300mg dosages.

So give us this day our pure bread once again. Oh I forget what one can expect from an ignorant government and a worldwide system where the crooks run all the major systems from political parties to multi national corporations.
Blessed is he or she who expects nothing for they shall not be disappointed.


Losing weight—phew—get slim---oh dear-----a hyped industry—so stop eating after 8pm—take SJW if you are compulsive obsessive or a binge eater---a cheap way but it may be the best—expensive and fancy packaging may often be hiding something.

Getting older with memory loss and learning ability impaired-----worth a try to drink some SJW for 2 weeks and check for an improvement if you remember what it was like before.

If you got a beating from your girl friends’ husband and trying to hide the bruises from your wife, either leave town or a handy bottle of SJW oil or liniment may help in avoiding embarrassment. The oil may help varicose veins, sunburn and herpes and joint pain—the oil should be a nice red colour.
Serious researchers have made claims that SJW is the herb of choice for premature ejaculation.


Only really huge dosages would result in contraindications and that shows as an unusual sensitivity to sunlight
SJW is not advisable during pregnancy although the Europeans researchers say it is ok but then Europeans run round with their tongues out and the Ossies are really constrained hence their preoccupation with wooly beings.

You need to seek the advice of your medical person as SJW does diminish and affect the activity of some pharmaceutical drugs.

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.

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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 Origanum in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.


Sweet dreams are often what sleep apnea sufferers miss most (apnea is a pause in breathing). A good night’s sleep and the prospect of ever sleeping like a baby again seem to be a windpipe dream.

By far the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea
When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, tissues situated within the upper throat relax and collapse together while the person is sleeping, blocking the air’s passage temporarily. Many people aren’t even aware they have Sleep Apnea and continue feeling tired during the day - simply putting it down to a bad sleep pattern.
When awake, normally the rear of a person’s throat is soft and naturally falls inward when the person breathes.

Muscles, designed for widening, will be working against the collapse, maintaining an open airway.
When sleeping the brain rests so the muscles of the throat Neck and tongue are more relaxed
Usually, that narrowing is not a problem and does not affect the air flowing into the lungs.
With a partial blockage of the air passage not enough air flows into your lungs results in loud snoring. Snoring does not necessarily mean that apnea is also present

This is obvious when you go to parliament and watch greasy fat cats, mouth agape struggling to stay awake—that is not apnea just a concerned conscious politician ready to do whatever it takes to serve the public that elected it.

With Apnea, disturbed, restless sleep and often daytime fatigue become a constant companion---it can get so bad that falling asleep while driving can occur in worst scenario cases.
Awaking with headaches, dry mouth or sore throat and lack of concentration and memory are also symptoms that accompany apnea

It is estimated that in middle age as many as nine percent of women and 24 percent of men are affected, undiagnosed and untreated

During apnea, Oxygen intake stops. Short spaces of no breathing from a few seconds to a few minutes and a silence occur that gets your bed partner thinking of conditions of your will if he or she are not overtaken with panic.

When the oxygen drops seriously, it triggers the brain, which tightens the muscles to open your windpipe and normal breathing starts again often with a loud gasp or choking sound. Each apnea can occur from 5 to upward of 50 times an hour.
Eventually your partner will become a nervous wreck if you don’t do something about it.

Frequent drops in your blood oxygen level and reduced sleep quality can trigger the release of stress hormones. These hormones raise your heart rate and increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). The hormones also can raise your risk for, or worsen, heart failure.

Untreated sleep apnea also can lead to changes in how your body uses energy. The basic metabolism changes and the changes likely increase your risk for obesity and diabetes.
Lack of productivity at work due to inability to focus and death may result

Central Sleep Apnea concerns the central nervous system – and not an obstruction of the airway. The brain does not respond to messages from the muscles that control the breathing process.
Some apnea may be a mixture of Obstructive and Central types.

Sleep Apnea is aggravated by :
Sleep posture such as sleeping on your back.
Nasal congestion
Any structural damage or malformation of the air pipes
Other Predisposing factors are a larger than usual tongue and tonsils.
A large neck may have an effect and certain facial features such as an overbite, receding chin, and narrow upper jaw also predispose. E T is a definite candidate.
In the next newsletter we will discuss diagnosis and various treatments of sleep apnea

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