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.
• Cholesterol Part 4.....Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Symphytum officinale

Our government has banned comfrey. They do what all good governments do, kiss a of our good and honest friends, the United States FDA Federal Drug Administration, the hot shot of medicinal regulators. More than rumour has it that they are run by the big pharmaceutical cartels and they researched the alkaloid in comfrey and found comfrey may cause liver cancer. There may be a bias, as other research and traditional observations over 100s of years indicate otherwise. But comfrey is big business and that alkaloid, pyrrol-izidine, may just be an excuse.

The good news is that external application is still legal. For skin lotions and cream and it works wonders on cuts and bruises, Always been used as a salve on arthritic areas.
Has been used for century for burns and eczema.

You have deeply cut your scalp and while people are urging you to go the hospital for stitches, you crush and wrap comfrey leaves over the cut. What craziness! That wound that would take many stitches was healed in 3 days. A miracle? Nope just another alkaloid in comfrey called Allantoin, that has rare abilities. It causes rapid cell growth and healing. Do make sure a wound is clean of any dirt before applying Comfrey. Rubbing the ointment on postoperative scars leaves them softer with less colour. May work for the racist trash on SABC TV.

Obviously if you used comfrey as a tea it would have similar effects.

An old lady—well she seemed aged at the time –used to get comfrey root and boil it in milk—phew, drink milk while you are having an asthma attack. Most medical and alternative healers would say no to dairy. She had instant relief. It shows how strong Allantoin is in relieving asthma. Please do not drink milk if you have an asthma attack,
Make a tea with the root—boil a piece of the root about a cm long in the water. If using leaf then add one cup of boiling water to a teaspoon of dried leaf.

As a tea for colds, emphysema and bronchitis, it helps getting rid of the mucous build up.
To be super cautious, after every 3rd day don’t take any comfrey tea and that gives the liver a break to deal with the alkaloid if you have had a rat liver implant—because some of the propaganda penetrates and a way of the warrior of the 21st century is to balance b.s with common sense.

Rugby players were tough during pre professional days - When a knee injury happened, leaves of comfrey were wrapped round the knee and the player was ready for the next week’s game. Today, because sport is played for the money and advertises a corporation, it becomes very different at some levels and the bottom line is entertainment for the masses, a giant emotional enema if carried to the extreme.
If that gives you a peptic ulcer then comfrey is your herb---both internal and external ulcers heal better with comfrey.

Knitbone (another name for Comfrey) speeds up healing of fractures and sprains. No scientific proof, it has just been used for that purpose since Moses was a cowboy.A tea of comfrey helps heal bone injuries and sprains and speeds up recuperation after operations such as hip replacement.

So up level to herbs and cut out so many side effects from the drug culture that enslaves mankind and makes the few rich and the many into the pill pushing generation.

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.

In the next newsletter we will deal with Sprouts as a means of easily making your own healthy nutrient supplying food.

Cholesterol part 4 - Lowering Cholesterol levels

Getting rid of LDL (bad cholesterol) by pill is one of the greater cons of the century. There are so many foods and herbs easily and cheaply obtainable that will do the job better and without side effects.

We need seriously to understand that the large pharmaceutical conglomerates have deliberately changed our mindsets over the past 50 years. You believe what you read, hear and see and the media control most of that. We are big time brainwashed.
In fact our brains are so washed that they would be great for a Surf advert.

The data on the following foods and herbs presented here briefly (miniskirt briefly) is well researched and kept short so as not to boggle your mind with scientific data.
These foods and herbs introduced on a regular basis lower total blood cholesterol or increase HDLs (good cholesterol) or lower LDLs (bad cholesterol).

Foods and herbs that may help lowering cholesterol levels


Pectins are soluble fibres made from long chains of simple sugars and the structure of the fibre differs in the different foods.
Pectins Lower total serum Cholesterol levels by binding to and causing the excretion of Cholesterol.

Fruit is a great source of pectins and in South Africa; we are blessed with access to so much variety.

An Apple or maybe 2 a day to keep the doctor away is not unfounded—a magic fruit that also decreases appetite due to apple pectin.
Bananas (especially green, unripe Bananas) cause serum Cholesterol levels to fall by up to 33%.
Grapefruit lowers total serum Cholesterol levels (due to the Grapefruit Pectin content of grapefruit). Some experts state that grapefruit is as powerful as the current medical drugs for lowering cholesterol. The pulp contains higher levels of grapefruit pectin. The pure grapefruit juice thing is just marketing.
Oranges The pectin content of oranges has similar properties to those of grapefruit pectin for lowering cholesterol

Walnuts, pistachios, macadamia, almonds and coconuts improve cholesterol levels

Yogurt can lower total serum Cholesterol by up to 30% by facilitating the conversion of Cholesterol for elimination in the Colon.
It gets rid of bad stuff so well that we need to introduce it to the diet of some of our more rich greasy fat politicians (hold it, don’t they all look like that).

It has been reported from Transylvania that vegetarians’ blood contains markedly less Cholesterol.
Carrots - Consumption of 200 grams of raw Carrots may lower total serum Cholesterol levels by an average of 11%.
Celery may lower total serum Cholesterol by 7%, even at low doses
Garlic -1/2 to 1 clove per day may lower cholesterol by 9%
Globe Artichoke is like a traffic cop (seldom seen these days because hiding behind a pole or resting under a tree) and stops traffic to cholesterol synthesis.
Some varieties of sweet potatoes bind with cholesterol and experimentally have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 13%

A salad including Avocado, Beetroot Leeks Lettuce Onions and Tomato keeps the sludge of cholesterol at bay. No sludge more vooma

Adding a bit of cinnamon to your cereal, herbal tea and fruit may lower your total serum cholesterol levels by 12% to 26%.

After a 30-day experiment, Lecithin (10,500 mg per day) lowered elevated serum Cholesterol levels by approximately 33%

Bee food
Royal jelly is what the queen bee eats.
This is not to be mistaken for the BEE initiative, which is another failed effort, by the government. If only that lot were to concentrate on bettering our countries needs (education and crime) and not behave like crabs focussing sideways on drivel.

Algae, Spirulina and certain Mushrooms also benefit a high cholesterol count. Shitake mushrooms have this beneficial effect.

It seems to me so easy to eat away the bad cholesterol with less hassle than it is to contact Telkom, Eskom or Vodacom and getting the police to act professionally.

Barley, Oats and oat bran lower total serum Cholesterol by washing away Bile Acids in the Gastrointestinal Tract that would otherwise be converted to Cholesterol. So egg and sausage breakfast junkies would do well to remember that your diet dictates your state of health especially if you are overweight and sluggish.

Oils (Dietary Oils)
Research has shown that the following oils, each either by decreasing absorption, by reducing synthesis, converting the precursors and many other means decrease cholesterol levels.
Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Fish Oils, Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil,
Salmon Oil and Perilla Oil

I am not going into the specific scientific details – the benefits become obvious and even though the details remain hidden, the results are inspiring and positive.

Thecounterpoint to hidden positivity in society can be seen in the banking system - the executives of the big corporations who make policies and products that rape society at all levels and remain hidden as they dare not face the responsibility if their greed motivated actions which, are visible and real and affect us daily.
Poison is not acceptable even from your own mother yet we take it from the system---how much longer?

The acetic acid in vinegar has the effect of lowering blood cholesterol due to the inhibition of fat formation in the liver and increasing bile excretion.

Mineral Foods
One tablespoon (8 grams) of powdered, activated Charcoal taken after every meal reduces total serum Cholesterol by 20 - 25%.

Fenugreek seeds (high saponins content), psyllium seed husks, cumin seeds and flax seed decrease levels of cholesterol.
Coriander and sunflower seeds are a good source of cholesterol reducing seeds, which could become popular as a simple preventative measure against high blood cholesterol.
Making sprouts of fenugreek and introducing them into a salad is simple. Also known as methi, the fenugreek is a bitterish seed used to flavour curries.

Chickpea is capable of lowering blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels and is consequently effective against coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus. Chickpeas have been a staple part of Indian, Mediterranean and African diets for many thousands of years but are a relatively novel addition to Western cuisine.
Soya bean lowers blood cholesterol but the advent of mainly genetically modified soya in most of the available soya products, bread and chocolates may prove to be dangerous to mankind.

Here I have included mainly the herbs that would be easy to obtain in South Africa. There are many other herbs, which are effective.

Basil has been found to be very effective as a strong antioxidant and in lowering total serum cholesterol levels. Some more enlightened countries like Morocco are using basil for treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis.
Carob may lower total serum Cholesterol levels by up to 15%. Taking up to 30gms of carob per day for 4 weeks in their breakfast cereal, muesli bar and powered drink, cholesterol levels dropped significantly.
Chillies, Ginger Milk Thistle and Red Clover lower total serum cholesterol levels.
Nettle tea is an effective all rounder. If our soccer team played as well as nettle serves the body, we have the world cup here: unfortunately their performances have been closer to the effect of senna-pods.
Turmeric contains cucumin which lowers serum cholesterol levels.
Yarrow lowers total serum Cholesterol levels.

A really good preventative and curative tea could be made from the following
1 tsp basil
1⁄2 cm ginger
1⁄2 tsp nettle
1 tsp yarrow
1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
Add 3 cups boiling water to the mixture and brew for 10minutes—drinking hot or cold and at tea times

So what’s the balance in a society with chemical and pesticide, rich food? You can go organic, plant your own, join an organic co op. Start with doing your own sprouts, so easy and a great source of vitamins minerals and essential nutrients. We will deal with sprouts in the next newsletter.

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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