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.




Herbs are good for you. How so – They can be applied unobtrusively in food for prevention and treatment as well.
A big bunch of celery in a soup adds flavour and health.

Taken regularly Celery may lower cholesterol levels by as much as 7% and simultaneously significantly lower the blood pressure and prevent blood clotting.
4 stalks a day or the equivalent in juice or oil reduces blood pressure.
A polyphenol with extraordinary anti oxidant abilities give it that property. A polyphenol is a vital micronutrient to the body mind spirit complex “jus like” a vitamin is a very important micronutrient

You would experience the same effect if you have it raw in salads (4 stalks a day) or as a tea. The seeds can be used for tea—1 cup boiling water to a teaspoon of seed or dried leaves twice a day.

Medical researchers often isolate a specific active ingredient from a plant form and synthesize it for resale. Among the most well known being aspirin and related drugs from Willow bark and Meadowsweet herb and digitalis from the Foxglove for heart ailments.
Any herb plant has a group of active ingredients, each one has a function or number of functions hence one herb may naturally multi task.

Studies done with extract of celery seed in India and Australia have noted very significant results in patients with Arthritis and Gout after 6 weeks. Some people getting 100% relief. The active ingredient lowers uric acid; like a porter offloads baggage. Ordinary celery tea would take longer to act.

The oil in celery seeds, Apiol acts on the kidney and is a diuretic. Strangely it does not disturb the sodium potassium balance.

I remember when the doctor used to make house calls and how I felt the first time I had to go to a doctor’s surgery—it was traumatic—the environment was unfamiliar, sterile and impersonal. The doctor lost so much of the empathy of healing when he or she became a person you went to see in an office with a secretary.
And medical aid and the pharmaceutical rip offs followed. In the safety of your home the doctor was an honoured wise man – and today?

Some people use celery seed as a tea to slim. Usually add 1 cup boiling water to 1-teaspoon seed or dried leaf 3x per day.

I noticed when I had TV, that adverts late at night were solemnly promoting male libido clinics as if they were the final refuge of the afflicted—the effect sounded like a “caring politician.”
A formula from an ancient mystery school advocates Celery Seeds (extract added to water and applied topically to the Penis prior to sexual activity) to alleviate Male Impotence by stimulating a full erection Researchers reckon this may be due to the Androsterone content of Celery Seeds.
Celagra may be here to stay.

What to say—I have heard that the perspiration of celery eaters is a strong turn on for women so you entrepreneurs have fun experimenting with a roll on love potion.


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 Rue 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.

For more in depth details about Celery and other herbs visit <<our website>> or go to <<herb info and pictures page.>>



For gardeners interested in <<COMPANION PLANTING and ORGANIC PEST CONTROL>>

When dealing with a breakdown in one aspect of the body health, it may be wise to treat the whole system rather than focus on a single organ or system. In this way mixtures of herbs may work more effectively than a single herb—some helping with elimination and detoxing.

Our mixtures contain herbs, which do all that and fortify the mineral and vitamin supply hence providing a more complete healing process with no side effects.


As mentioned in the last newsletter we will spread the articles on cholesterol over as many issues as necessary to keep the newsletters short.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance similar in appearance to earwax.

Production of 70% of Cholesterol is by internal processes, (Endogenous cholesterol) and 30% is from the diet (Exogenous).
The internal manufacturing plants are situated in the Liver (10% production), the Large Intestine 15% and production takes place mainly in the cell substance (cytoplasm).

The body's regulatory feedback system ensures (for about 70% of the world's population) that the only effect of increased dietary Cholesterol is a corresponding reduction in production of Cholesterol within the body.
The body decreases its production of endogenous Cholesterol if dietary Cholesterol is excessive.
For the majority it seems misinformation by the medical profession and buddies has had an effect. Like Shakespeare said in Hamlet—“Something isn’t cool in this here advertising campaign”.

The other 30% of the population whose bodies do not have an adequate regulatory feedback system are advised to limit their dietary Cholesterol consumption.

Cholesterol is transported through the blood by Lipoproteins: Transnet was dropped as the preferred logistics company due to BEE issues.
High Density Lipoproteins (HDLs) transport Cholesterol to the Liver where it is converted to Bile and excreted vita the Digestive Tract.
Cholesterol is transported to the body's cells by Low Density Lipoproteins (LDLs also called Bad Cholesterol) which contain as much as 46% Cholesterol in their cargo holds.
All strikes are regulated by the body feedback mechanism
It’s the ratio between the transporters’ and total serum cholesterol that informs you of your reading---details in the newsletters to follow.

The FDA in the USA recommends a maximum daily intake of 300 mg of dietary Cholesterol for persons of average weight. But we know persons of doubtful integrity who may put the interests of big pharmaceutical companies before health may have infiltrated the FDA and may be the power there.

The average human body contains a total of 150 grams of Cholesterol.
Of this storage in serum is approximately 7 grams.
The majority of the body's Cholesterol is concentrated in Cell Membranes.

These are actual figures and do not represent figures supplied by any government agency, bank or credit institution which may be falsified to suit the shareholders and con the public.

Please be patient your call is important to us-----said a creaky off key voice
“The next newsletter will inform on the essential functions of Cholesterol”


For more in depth details about Celery and other herbs visit < our website > or go to <<herb info and pictures page.>>



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