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.
• Allergy no 2.

Wild Dagga
Wilde Dagga
Leonotis Leonurus


Nope you will not get high if you smoke it: and you will not enjoy the taste if used as a substitute for tobacco. Although the small tips are mildly narcotic and are smoked in epilepsy,


A tea of 1 teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of boiling water pleases the chest in cases of bronchitis, colds, coughs, laryngitis and even asthma. If you are able to look at a leaf, note the shape and hairy multi facetted form similar to the anatomy of a lung.The isolated active bitter ingredient is Marrubium (also found in horehound), which gives it its potent capacity to heal.

The Doctrine of Signatures whereby the ancients identified plants for medicinal uses has been proved by modern science to be accurate. The doctrine as a means of identification also included colour, taste, shape, environment and how animals related to the plant. Just by patient observations, the doctors (Shamans, Witchdoctors, Sangomas) were able to put together an impressive pharmacopoeia. Likely the old toppies knew something that our science by its lack of faith needs to prove and manipulate for monetary gain.



The bright orange reddish flowers indicate the colour of blood and Wilde Dagga is used for high blood pressure. So a dop a day would keep high blood away.

It is bitter and hence used in liver ailments, hepatitis and jaundice.
When the liver is right you feel merry and bright, when the liver is low you feel sluggish and slow.
So by its effect on the liver it also acts as a tonic.

The Inyangas use it to normalize female reproductive organs and it has been touted (with some sucess) as a herb to use for increasing the chances of pregnancy. That would account for it not being used as a Chinese medicine..

A decoction , leaves flowers and stem boiled in water, is used for eczema, itching and skin ailments including boils.

So what if Big Pharma- Bayer, Syngenta, Monsanto wants to control the lucrative health market--hey,they could just produce product -No instead they use their big clout to try outlaw the sale of omega oils and minerals and soon herbs, by lobbying for the rediculous tests set up by their friends, the FDA and the WHO. In the future they envisage no health shops but something that will resemble priscriptions for your omega s and vitamin tablets---and the product would need huge bucks to pass the tests so lots of small and medium size businesses will be dumped by the system and it would all be controlled by big brother Pharmacult.

Mostly herbs perform better when combined with complementary plants so taking a mixture of herbs nay have more power to heal holistically. For e.g. mixing wilde dagga, horehound, Buchu and nettle as a tea would have a wider ranging effect and tends to treat the whole organism not just the bronchial area.

Side effect and contra indications are not known---large quantities should not be drunk in pregnancy...

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


The wonderful aspect of herbs is that they have a long term effect----Allergy sufferers who take regular herbs find that the symptoms become less every year and so easier to handle.
So much can be done by the patient himself or herself just by perseverance. Forget about the quick fixes which are so mainstream today.
For eg if you suspect some foods as to causing the allergy, removed them from your diet and then reintroduce one of them every five days and watch for symptoms—in that way you gain trust in your own ability to heal.

Ginko biloba has a strong effect on allergies and shoulf be used under the guidance of a qualified person and is usually used only if the allergy is severe.
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and dosages of 1000mg three times a day is safe.Vitamin C has no side effects yet may cause diarrhea.

Garlic and onions have a beneficial effect on inflammation and it is suggested to add generous proportions to your diet. It is likely due to the high amounts of quercitin in those foods.

Quercetin inhibits the production and release of Histamine and stabilizes the Cell Membranes of Mast Cells, causing Mast Cells to become less reactive to the Antigens that are implicated in Allergies and decreases the ease with which they release their stored Histamine and Serotonin.

Other sources of Quercetin
Red Wine


Passion Flower
Green Beans

Quercitin is available in tablet form and is a great natural anti histamine will no side effect.Here is an easily obtainable product which would not give you the side effects of the usual drugs administered for Allergy

Mast cell disease is a n illness which gives the same symptoms of Allergy.If present it may be the underlying cause of the allergy and it can be tested for quite easily.

A detoxing diet is aleays a good way to go. Dr Lawrence formulated a 2 week vegetarian Detox which is obtainable if you e mail us.

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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