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.
• Recipe for Stomach pains, Bloating, Indigestion

Plantago Lanceolata

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Walking along a road, in the garden and especially unkempt roads of which there are many in SA, you may see a bit  of green peeping out at places---many of these are the “weeds that heal.”

Those weeds are so powerful that even a concrete covering does not hold them back-----like a good karate guy they can crack concrete—so consider what kind of strength do they have when applied to healing if they are so properly directed.

plantain shrub

Imagine plantain removing the mucous accumulation in your sinuses and throat and getting rid of that sinusitis and cough with the same kind of strength that it penetrates cement—that is the kind of healing found in natures’ medicine kit and it is free if you recognize it.

plantain shrub

What is does to bronchitis is steady and slow and the chest will recover for a long time with no side effects. It works with a slow acting, gentle triple whammy.

Some people respond immediately to herbal medication, others slower—To use herbs as preventative medicine is easy and generally has no side effects and no conflicts with ordinary medicines.

Our Asthma and Floo teas have liberal doses of plantain-----the CCC fighter—cough cold catarrh.

Because it has a strengthening effect on the mucous membrane, we add it to the ulcer and tummy tea.

Often a skin rash or bite of unknown origin irritates---rub a bit of leaf on the sore place and relief follows.

When you are bitten by a bee, for a quickfix--rub a plantain leaf on the bite asap---good results for most people.



For the long term it is fun to watch for the street herbs—obviously they grow wild in the countryside and its unlikely that you would miss it once you have noted it.

Plantain has been used since early days---the old herbalists were using it during the Roman times at least 30BC---it has a long record of success---its lasted longer than any empire or corporation---the force is strong in that one.

Boiling water added to few leaves makes a nice tea—draw for 10 minutes so it makes a strong drink—it does not taste too bad—has a minimal earthy taste and with lemon it has a pleasant taste.

For the skin and insect bites its easier to rub the leaf directly on the spot---you need to crush the leaf.

Some of the ingredients have been found to be anti bacterial and anti inflammatory and gargling with a cold maceration of plantain soothes any oral and throat infections.In this case make a smoothie with the herb and gargle with that--heating kills the active substances aglycone and aucubigenin which have this effect.

Plantain is safe during pregnancy and lactation and has no contraindications and side effects so that you can drink whenever, no prohibition.

"Health is a coach drawn by many horses" and diet is one of them you can work with.
A good starting point is to cut out one substance that is bad for you and checking the product label for the genetically modified stuff sometimes prefixed with an E and also how much of the product is just chemical.

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 Plantain and other herbs visit our website at <<www.herbsorganic.co.za>>  or go to <<herb pictures and information>>.



In the next newsletter we will deal with the herb ROSEMARY in the series called kitchen-wise:-talking about the medicinal value of usual herbs found in the kitchen


Each one of these herbs on its own will positively affect STOMACH ailments and blended together they are a powerful mixture.

2x Peppermint
1x Garden mint
2x Plantain
1x Nettle
1x Wilde Als
1x Lavender

Eating correctly and drinking some herb tea are really some of the long-term factors, which can prevent the symptoms shown by some of the dis eases, which affect the stomach.
Other factors such as stress and environment are also factored into the many causes that manifest as heartburn and flatulence being some of the common symptoms. However there are so many more. we will have to confine to these two for now.

The herbs in this mixture are obtainable at any good health shop or pharmacy.
We do a ready made mixture, which is obtainable from our outlets called Tummytea.
A drink of lemon and honey in boiling water helps.
Regulary eating of potato baked or steamed in their jackets will help stomach related dis ease due to the absorbent properties of the potato skin.
Include in your diet a green leafy salad with onions, garlic and parsley.

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>> and we will do our best to help you find them.

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