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.


• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs in the kitchen
•Antibiotics part 1

Zingiber officinale

A synergist is not an outcast from a right wing religious group. Rather like a preacher at Hyde Park corner, it spreads the word—it makes open the way.

Ginger works so with drugs and other herbs to facilitate their spread throughout the body and enhance their action so ye with cold feet leave the bottle and head for the eastern gift, a cup of ginger. Apart from calming nervous tension it eases the passage of blood to the extremities by opening the blood vessel walls and thinning the collection of platelets, which thicken the blood, and in so doing lowers high blood pressure and helps in thrombosis and heart disease.

It may help pain of the digestive system from cramps of ulcerative colitis to mild dyspepsia. Because of its pain relieving ability and anti-inflammatory properties it has been used in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammations with no side effects unlike Isoprofen...

Issues which have escalated because of the “”we want it now syndrome” have resulted in serious resistance to antibiotics—this will put us back into the medical dark ages. Technology helps but have we ever left that era?
Some "people" think it may be a good thing that antibiotics are becoming useless and we may be due for major global epidemics since the planet earth can only hold so many people and we are getting close to point zero.

Even the patient mother Gaia is giving warning with climate change and increases in catastrophes. Tsunamis and earthquakes are but a few symptoms of an earthly healing crisis.
Natural antibiotics will become used more regularly; e.g. raw honey has a great record over the past few thousand years.

This reality is extreme and frightening and if you feel nauseous, cups of ginger tea will help. Indeed any type of nausea and vomiting can be helped. Air and seasickness, morning sickness nausea and nausea from chemotherapy (which is being questioned regarding its effectiveness as a therapy) may be relieved with a cup of ginger tea.

Migraine sufferers may benefit from a cuppa to quell the associated nausea.

The current tea preparing procedure is to use dried ginger—about 1/5th of a teaspoon of powdered ginger to a cup of boiling water. At this dosage it can be had about 4x per day.
Add a bit of honey and lemon.
The classic method of in depth therapy is to juice 4-thumb size pieces of fresh ginger: add 2.5 cups of hot water, a teaspoon of honey and a dash of lemon—cover (to prevent the volatile oils from evaporating) and brew for 4 hours—drink a little every few hours. If you don’t have a juicer, grate a thumb size portion of fresh ginger and treat it the same way as the juice.

It is strong and may burn hence the addition of honey and lemon or lime but it is potent for coughs and colds and some bacterial infections caused by streptococcus and other bacteria, which have become resistant to antibacterials --- sore throat and some digestive system cancers such as stomach and colon cancer may benefit.
Being a synergist it also helps the passage of antibiotics to where they are meant to be.

A nice and effective way of getting ginger into the system is via eating crystallized ginger.

Bacterial diarrhoea is a major cause of death in undeveloped countries—research has shown that gingers’ volatile oil Zingerone is as effective as any antibiotic currently used and without any side effects, so W.H.O is it not time to do some good instead of propping up big Pharma.
Gingers' effect on flatulence is likely due to its effect on increasing the flow of bile into the intestines (cholagogue) Its function in fat metabolism could be used for slimming purposes and social grace.

If you suffer from gallstones it is not advisable to drink ginger otherwise no side effects are recorded.

Ginger may boost the immune system in preventing certain cancers-researchers indicate that leukaemia liver, lung, stomach cancer to mention a few, benefit by the volatile oils stimulating the apoptosis (cell death) of the cancer cells.

So, can a pharmaceutical company manufacture a drug that does all that and also lowers cholesterol and has a great effect in healing the effects of diabetes mellitus? Nope—go home Monsanto. We don’t want genetic culling of humanity yet – we need a chance to migrate to the stars.

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.

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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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.

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


Hailed as a miracle cure when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, antibiotics are becoming less effective as bacteria develop resistance to them due to the overuse of the drugs.

Top researchers including Fleming warned regarding the misuse –the recommendation was that antibiotics be used only in very severe cases when no other therapy would apply namely in cases of where permanent disability or death would occur.
These warnings were ignored and the use of antibiotics became commonplace. The bacterial resistance to many of our antibiotics [and some researchers say all of the antibiotics] may lead to massive epidemic outbreaks for which the current drugs may be useless.

For 1000s of years herbs have been the primary source of healing.
Plants do not pollute.
Plants have been around for 700million years and have developed sophisticated means of combating resistance to bacterial invasion.
Herbs have huge amounts of substances within them, which work together to combat bacteria not just one active ingredient, which is what the pharmaceutical companies isolate and produce.
One isolated compound does not have the effect of 100s and sometimes 1000s of compounds working in unison and complementing each other to combat bacterial invasion.
Herbs, prepared properly, are safe and unlike the extreme media reports which vilify the use of herbs in favour of manufactured pharmaceuticals, rarely have side effects.
Anyone can use herbs, and they are free if you recognise them and prepare herbs properly. Even if you grow them yourself they are inexpensive.
We will need plants in the future.

In 2010 the USA produced 30 tons of antibiotics of which the poultry and meat producers for human consumption used 50%. Other countries also produce huge quantities
The effect of this factory farming use of antibiotics is enormous.
The antibiotics are difficult to degrade and are excreted in the animals’ faeces and leaches into the ground ultimately polluting the land and the groundwater. Over the last 65 years tens of thousands of tons of antibiotics spread over the continents also destroying bacteria that are essential for ecological balance.
Further, waste from the expired drugs from pharmaceuticals end up in the environment.
The advent of carbon credits is another fiendish way of collecting money and power for the elite – The rich and powerful are a few controlling the media, food, education and banking system and their belief that they know what is better for mankind is mistaken.
So the planet is warming---all the planets in the solar system are warming and to suppose that cows farting on the planet earth are partly responsible is ludicrous. Are earthly cow emissions also responsible for warming on Venus and Mars?
What role do the huge pharmaceuticals play in global warming with so much useless dumped medication destroying oxygen-producing bacteria?

The miracle of antibiotic drugs has ended----all too often we hear of someone who has been admitted to hospital for a minor treatment and dies from an infectious disease.
Infectious diseases are now the biggest cause of death in the world and antibiotics are ineffective.
In the next newsletter we will discus how bacteria became and continue becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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.(see newsletter no 19)

We are also a mail order source for our own organic teas , singles and herbal products.A minimum order of 10 assorted teas. Working with you, we can develop custom formulations specific to your practice. Our goal is long term working relationships that evolve over time.


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