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.


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.

Rainbow on farm


• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs in the kitchen
• Tinnitis Part 1


Petroselinum crispum
Petroselinum sativum

My teacher always suggested garlic as a food to include in the daily diet.. He recommended that one chew a sprig of parsley to overcome the garlic smell and bad breath in general.
The plain leaf variety is used medicinally more often than the curled variety.

Parsley is a strange herb, which is associated with death and new beginnings. The Greek physicians named it, the Romans cultivated it, the Jews use it in the Passover ritual, the Indian Ayurvedics adopted it and the seeds are traditionally planted on Good Friday and some old men use the tea as an aphrodisiac.

Sitting behind a computer for long periods, reading a kindle or just being pleasantly comfortable sometimes results in swollen ankles.
Other signs of water retention such as swollen wrists, swollen areas due to injury all benefit from parsley’s ability as a diuretic
To get rid of excess water in the body as long as it is not related to heart or kidney causes, a strong brew of a teaspoon of dried herb to 1 cup boiling water 3 times a day.
Parsley juice is very effective.Also effective is a decoction (boiling herb root in water) of a teaspoon of parsley root in a cupful of water.

Have you ever wondered why Restaurants often put a sprig of parsley on the plate as garnish----not only for good looks but also that parsley increases the blood circulation to the digestive tract----that increases the appetite, aids absorption of nutrients and counteracts indigestion. Thanks to the volatile oils myristicin and apiole.

I believe the pain of passing kidney stones is extreme, more so than the pain imposed by negligent government officials and government owned businesses such as Telkom and Eskom.
As severe as that is, parsley juice prevents and alleviates kidney stones-----how wonderful it would be if we could administer a herb to the non accountable, negligent municipal, government and corporate leaders so they would do their work with a sense of responsibility---perhaps a strong laxative to empty them of pseudo-confidence and arrogance. Something really strong---unfortunately parsley just helps in relieving flatulence.

As we grow older, the rods and cones in the retina of the eye degenerate causing frontal blindness and blurred vision called macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin helps to prevent this----parsley has a high concentration of both.Combination of a tea and eyewash gives brightness to the eye and vision.
Use of the computer adds much stress to the eyes and Eyewashes can be used for tired, inflamed as well as infected eyes.

Place one scant teaspoon of Parsley in a cup of water and simmer at a low boil for 10 minutes to assure sterility.
Eyewashes use herb amounts that are somewhat weaker than tea. Cool the herb tea to body temperature, before administering. Be sure to use a very fine strainer to avoid getting particles of herbs in the eyes.
Pour the well-strained tea into a sterilized eyecup. Lean back and pour the mixture into the eyes, being sure to blink several times so the eye is well bathed. Then lean forward into a sink to catch the remaining solution and repeat with the other eye.
Make eyewashes fresh each day to avoid introducing bacteria into the eyes. Whatever is not used in one treatment should be refrigerated and then allowed to reach room temperature before using or slightly warmed.
Especially in cases of eye infections, it is important to sterilize the eyecup between uses either by running it through the dishwasher with a heat dry cycle or by filling the cup with boiling water for a minute and discarding the water.


The usual safe dose for tea is one teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water and if the fresh plant is used then the equivalent of two teaspoons to a cup.

In the next newsletter we will deal with Buchu in the series called Streetwise - talking about medicinal properties of herbs found growing in the streets, garden and the wild.

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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Tinnitus is a sensation of sound (which is not actually present in the external environment) in one ear, both ears or the head. It can be heard as ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, whistling, throbbing or booming. It can manifest as a single sound or a number of different sounds and can develop either gradually or suddenly.

Causes Of Tinnitus
The principal underlying cause of Tinnitus is irritated nerve endings in the Inner Ear.

Tinnitus can occur as a result of insufficient cerebral blood flow

Tinnitus often occurs in conjunction with Hearing Loss (although there are many people with normal Hearing who experience Tinnitus):

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss can cause Tinnitus. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is a form of Nerve Deafness that occurs as a result of long-term exposure to loud noises (e.g. industrial machinery or loud music). It can also result from brief exposure to very loud noises (e.g. gunshots, explosions or aircraft engines).

Otitis Externa is Inflammation of the canal between the Eardrum and the external opening of the ear so swimming in contaminated water (swimmers ear) and introducing harmful organisms when using ear buds can cause Tinnitus.

Otosclerosis (one of the bones of the middle ear becomes ossified through genetic predisposition) can cause Tinnitus.

Tinnitus can occur as a result of Allergies.

Otitis Interna (inflammation of the middle ear) can cause Tinnitus. Otitis Media (inflammation of the middle ear) can cause Tinnitus.

Tinnitus is one of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.

Further discussion re Tinnitis will continue in the next newsletter

Nervous System Steps in Hearing

Sound Waves travel through the Ear Canal.

Sound Waves then collide with the Eardrum and cause it to vibrate.

Sound Vibrations pass from the Eardrum to the three Bones (Ossicles) of the Middle Ear that amplify the Sound Vibrations.

Amplified Sound Vibrations pass from the Oval Window (one of the three Ossicles of the Middle Ear) to the Cochlea.

Amplified Sound Vibrations pass through the Internal Fluid and Membranes of the Cochlea and finally stimulate the Sound Receptors (Hair Cells) in the Cochlea; this generates a Nerve Impulse within the Acoustic Nerve.

The Nerve Impulse travels via the Acoustic Nerve to the Cochlear Nuclei (located within the Medulla and Pons of the Brain Stem).

The Cochlear Nuclei relays these Nerve Impulses via the Acoustic Nerve to the Superior Olivary Nucleus on the right side of the Pons.

The Inferior Colliculus relays these Nerve Impulses to the Thalamus.

The Thalamus relays the Nerve Impulses to the Primary Auditory Cortex in the Temporal Lobe.

The Primary Auditory Cortex relays the Nerve Impulses for Hearing to surrounding areas of the Temporal
Lobe where the Sense of Hearing is refined and where meaning is attached to specific sounds.

The Primary Auditory Cortex also relays Nerve Impulses relating to Hearing to the Amygdala and the Hippocampus, thereby allowing the Sense of Hearing to affect Learning, Memory and Emotions.

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