SING FEFUR NEWSLETTER NO 17

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.

 



CONTENTS OF NEWSLETTER NO 17 - JANUARY 2013

• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs in the kitchen
• Cholesterol part 3

KITCHEN-WISE--THE MEDICINAL VALUE OF KITCHEN HERBS.

SAGE
Salvia Officinalis


Summer here is hot. Cutting out the fizz drinks and those phew spots under your armpits may diminish. Excess perspiration (hyperhidrosis) can be reduced with three cups of sage tea per day.
Add a cup of boiling water to a teaspoon of herb, add lemon, cinnamon, honey if allowed and peppermint if you have and keep in the fridge next to your favourite fizzy drink. }

Holiday season, you may have eaten something hard and hot and your gums are hassling—Go Sage—same dosage as above but use the tea to gargle. If you are a bit of a
perfectionist (a trial in today’s world of disposable morals and integrity), add a teaspoon of thyme to the mixture with a touch of lemon, and skip a solid meal or two.
Usually gargling with sage tea helps soothe sore throats.

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The dried herb can be found in supermarkets if the local heath shop is too far away.
Fresh sage is so easy to plant and is a great looking garden plant.

Most of the stuff you read and hear about herbs are usually traditional so we try to stick to scientifically tested properties in case your friend, spouse, talk radio dude has a b.s attitude towards the healing power of herbs.
As of 2010 Alzheimer’s was treated by drugs which inhibit cholinesterase, Cholinesterase enzyme breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is the green light for nerve impulses, hence sage with that same property mainly due to its Rosmarinic acid content, helps anxiety, depression, helps memory and concentration and keeps the spirits high. How nice to find a natural high in supermarkets.

A sage is associated with wisdom (pseudo sages are dime a dozen today, just get online and look at virtual parrots rehashing deep truths or watch utube).
If the excess babble gives you stomach pains and all you want to do is fart, then have a cuppa sage (sage is derived from the Latin meaning “to be saved”). Be grateful that sage has anti bacterial and anti viral properties so preventing infection.

If you cut yourself when so pissed off by the ruling party and its offshoots such as Eskom, Telkom and SAA, don’t expect salvation from without. As with all dilemmas, calmness and also a poultice of sage applied to the wound to stop the bleeding. The astringent property of sage is also used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Hot flushes and night sweating completely disappeared in 20 out of 30 women using a tea of sage and alfalfa.

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.
Prevention is better than cure.

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 Comfrey 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 Sage and other herbs visit <<our website>> or go to <<herb info and pictures page.>>

IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .

DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.

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

CHOLESTEROL part 3
TOXIC EFFECTS OF CHOLESTEROL

Like oil in a pan, Cholesterol is insoluble in the blood but it must get to cells of the body. So a trucking company called Lipoprotein does the transport. Takes it to the depot in High-density lipoprotein trucks.
From the depot, which is the liver, it is taken to the cells in Low-density lipoprotein trucks.

Now what causes the problem is that the trucks get hijacked en route to the cells and the fancy word for that is oxidised. The oxidised Cholesterol in the Low-density lipoproteins causes the problems.
That is called bad cholesterol.

So bad Cholesterol is like mud, when it rains it gets in everywhere.
It can stick to the wall of the artery causing plaques, which cause Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis), which may cause heart attacks.
If too much in the blood it causes high blood pressure (hypertension) and blood clots.

Elevated cholesterol is proved to be a cause of male impotence. So sex is screwed.

May cause decrease in sight so watching movies becomes a hassle.

Prostate cancer develops—so finger that one out.

Hypercholesterolemia, if you want to impress your doctor when he tells you that triple bypass is necessary, may cause Alzheimer’s, Gallstones and male baldness.

The amount of Oxidized Cholesterol in the blood is the main issue not the total serum cholesterol. The ratio of total Cholesterol to High Density Lipoproteins (good cholesterol) should be no higher than 4.2:1.
The standard reference range for Serum Cholesterol varies.
High Cholesterol is regarded as 240 mg/dl or more (6.2 mmol per liter or more)
Serum Cholesterol levels below 160 mg/dL (below 4.1 mmol per liter) are considered sub-optimal (persons with sub-optimal Cholesterol levels have a greater incidence of Stroke, Lung Ailments, some types of Cancer and Alcoholism). Around 5,2 is average.

So in fact Cholesterol is neither good nor bad, just the transport system is not safe----- probably happens at the tolls where the rip off takes place—you would think it is the governments duty to maintain the roads and safety but to make a fast buck, politicians got this scheme going and catch the rake off. And traffic cops instead of doing the job of decreasing road deaths, hide behind poles and collect revenue.

Remember that two of the basic requirements to be a politician is that you have to be a great con artist and feel f-all—no matter whom you may be. For any career you need certain basic skills so say no more.

The body system normally regulates the cholesterol levels but it helps if you give it a helping hand.
Some of the more cholesterol rich foods are
Dairy—Butter, cream cheese and cream are high. Other cheeses are high but no as bad. Margarine contains so many additives that it is not really a great substitute. Margarine is made from chemically processed vegetables oils which have generally been bleached, coloured, deodorised and flavoured to make them ‘edible’. Does that sound like a food you want to be putting in your mouth every day?
A small paintbrush and olive oil are an economical substitute.

Meat---Sheep meat is like bungy jumping, more than likely you will live but the thrill of living is short lived.
Eggs –yoke of a chicken egg is cholesterol dynamite

Here are some figures of Dietary Sources of Cholesterol
Recommended dose for average person is 300mg per day.

(mg of Cholesterol per 100 grams)

Dairy Products:
Butter 240 Cream Cheese 103
Ice Cream 45 Cream 109
Cottage Cheese 15 Milk 12.3
Yoghurt 12.2 Cheddar Cheese 70

Dietary Oils: Peanut Oil 1.2 Coconut Oil 0.6 Eggs: Egg – Yolk 1,500
Meats: Brain – Sheep 2,200 Beef 65
Kidneys – Sheep 375 Lamb 70
Chicken 60 Pork 65
Mutton 65 Veal 90
Chicken (breast) 60 Turkey (leg) 75
Bacon 80 Ham 35
Salami 80
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.
Fruit, vegetables and nuts have no cholesterol content and we will not increase their content even though a thing called inflation (greed) advises us to do so.

Please be patient your call is important to us-----said a creaky off key voice-- {we have added the electronic device to pretend to be professional.}
“The next newsletter will inform about the anti oxidants, herbs and foods that lower high cholesterol levels"

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Cholesterol part 2—Biological Functions

Cholesterol is an important ingredient of steroid and sexual hormones (like a single grandparent) and its main functions are related to those substances, which are
Androgens
Progesterone
Estrogens
Cortisone
Testosterone
Aldosterone



detailed metabolic pathway available on request

Having too low cholesterol is like having a government the parts of which functions with little or no cohesion and service to the whole – that filters through to the municipalities and a low level of well being is experienced. Sound familiar? One answer may be to feed all members of parliament and municipalities sheeps brains exclusively for a month – it is so high in cholesterol it may kill the politicians or wake them up to their irresponsibility --- which would be the better outcome is debateable.

In men androgens are responsible for male sexual organ development and it stimulates muscle growth. For example facial hair growth and deepening of the voice,
If the cholesterol and thus androgens levels are too low, the outer wrapping for the nerves, the myelin sheath, thins. So you can get quite uptight, depressed, stressed and aggressive.

In females progesterone affects sexual desire and sexual organ health. It also keeps the skin healthy, regulates the nervous system and helps with headaches and anxiety.
Progesterone has a mu;titude of actions in many systems: nervous, immune, vascular, musculosceletal, skin and metabolism………..sufficient here to say that it works since general population growth happens.

Estrogens help prepare for pregnancy and have an influence on the blood flow to the brain,
Brain activity including memory improvement and anti Alzheimer effects have been researched and applied.
Cortisone helps with brain activity and keeps the skin healthy
Testosterone has a major effect on the blood system, nervous system and sexual system..

Aldosternoe alleviates hypotension-low blood pressure and balances the kidney by regulating the sodium and potassium balance.

So back to cholesterols functions----

Cholesterol has an intimate relationship with the cell membranes—the love life of chelesterol keeps the skin flexible, youthful and protects the skin from harmful bacteria and dehydration. Too much cholesterol and the cell membrane become rigid. Lucky lips become cardboard lips.

Cholesterol is a constituent of bile so it helps in the absorption of fats.

Cholesterol keeps you chilled and may help the function of the brain and prevent depression.

Reports that cholesterol is an anti oxidant are being taken seriously.

An anti oxidant is a substance that scavenges free radicals. A free radical is a loose connection that causes all sorts of damage in the body, including increasing acidity--Don’t confuse a free radical with a Mahatma Ghandi , a Jan Smuts and a Nelson Mandela -- most fruits and herbs are anti oxidants so the idea is over advertised, even beer is an anti oxidant—maybe the anti oxidant label is used as a con for marketing like the banking hotshots who by encouraging credit to make more billions profit,enslave people in a plastic card trap---- acid rot is not only caused by free radicals.

Remember the KISS principle - (keep it simple stupid)--An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Recent discoveries regarding manufacture of vit D3 in the skin from cholesterol and ultra violet light indicates that anti tumour properties of vit D3 are taken too lightly. Rumour has it that the WHO set up by the rockefellars may want to make vitamins and minerals priscription drugs---Bertrand Russel may have said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely—phew these guys are over the top.

Next issue discuss the toxic effects of cholesterol.

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.

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 Rue and other herbs visit < our website > or go to <<herb info and pictures page.>>

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 <<herbs@herbsorganic.co za 2>>and we will do our best to help you find them.
Outlets for our herbal teas are at this address----Shops that sell our teas
A list of our products can be viewed at Our Products on our website.

<<References2>>

<<Other newsletters3>>

Glossary(meanings of some fancy words)

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