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.
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.
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.
Taken usually as a tea---1 teaspoon to a cup of hot water 3 times a day depending on the severity of the depression.
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.
Only really huge dosages would result in contraindications and that shows as an unusual sensitivity to sunlight
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.
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 Origanum in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.
SLEEP DISORDERS--SLEEP APNEA PT 1
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.
Muscles, designed for widening, will be working against the collapse, maintaining an open airway.
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.
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.
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.
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