SING FEFUR NEWSLETTER NO 7
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.
• Street-wise----Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild.
South Africa has many traditions—both good and bad and an herbal inheritance that surpasses most of the world’s countries.
The Boers made a tincture with Als and witblits/brandy and that was a mainstay of the herbal medicines for chest and stomach problems.
The traditional medicine man or woman-the Sangoma and Inyangas also use this herb for Colds, Floo, Cough, and Nasal Congestion by either drinking a tea or by inhaling the fumes of the tea.
Lots of hype surrounds this bitter herb----it handles that because it is such a hardy shrub. It has been used for earache to piles and often it may be the strength of belief that cures.
Imagine seeing a person walking around with leaves sticking out their ears and nose—this is a traditional way for using W Als for nasal congestion and earache--wouldn’t you like to see the banks’ regional manager looking like a living tree – of course that also goes for the middle and upper management of Telkom, Eskom, SARS and most government organizations.
What has that got to do with herbs you may ask.
2. By their holistic nature herbs have a soul uplifting aspect often overlooked “and the leaf thereof for medicine” Ezekiel 47:12. Their wholeness promotes energy whereas procedure orientated organizations may tend to get you down. Try phoning Telkom or Eskom/SARS for a query.
The malaria parasites are becoming resistant to the current allopathic drugs so big buck business has found a way to produce Artemisinin which is a constituent of Als for prevention and treatment of malaria—it is said that a cup of Als tea twice a day will have that effect. Awesome things can happen with herbal teas.
Some good research has been done and it has been found that Als decrease high blood pressure quite significantly.
Apart from the carminative effect on the intestines (gets rid of gas and colic) due to the combined effect of the volatile oils----it gets rid of intestinal worms. A capsule of powdered herb may be the way to get your dog to drink it.
Wilde Als oil contains a high concentration of Thujone and should be taken with care as it is mildly hallucinogenic—good news for acidheads. With the oils it is wiser to go through a practitioner
In the next newsletter we will deal with Parsley in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.
Schumacher envisaging a lifesyle, coined a philosophy “Small is Beautiful”: a truly awesome ideal. Yet in nature a small bug called the Anopheles mosquito transmits a parasite that inflicts huge damage and death.
The symptoms primarily start with intense fever and can be accompanied by headache, excessive weight loss and muscle wasting. An enlarged spleen can result.
For treatment, Tetracycline drugs are basically used, yet adapting and getting immunity is not limited to diplomats and politicians. Over time the parasite responds less to allopathic drugs so looking elsewhere, herbs have become a source of healing malaria.
Cinchona (Peruvian bark) successfully treats Malaria. The research indicates that the Quinine content of Cinchona bark interferes with the replication of the DNA of the various parasitic protozoa that cause Malaria.
Experiments with extract of Neem seeds show anti anti-plasmodial effects. So much so that at every level of the parasites activity, Neem extract worked where other anti malarial drugs were resisted.
Heading for the Victoria falls ? Consider preventative treatment beforehand. Non invasive and with no side effects, these herbs may just make your trip that much more enjoyable.
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.
IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .
DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.
We are also a mail order source for our own organic teas , singles and herbal products. Working with you, we can develop custom formulations specific to your practice. Our goal is long term working relationships that evolve over time.
If you have a problem getting the herbs contact us at <<firstname.lastname@example.org za 2>>and we will do our best to help you find them.
Glossary(meanings of some fancy words)