An overview of different herbal realities focusing on the medicinal value of plants, indigenous herbs of South Africa
• Street-wise----Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild.
Clutter is the name of the game. The mutter of the computer saturates with information and after hours in front of or behind the screen, What? Completed spreadsheet, e mails up to date, tweets twittered, cousin in Dubai had her wart removed via face book, A headache, tired muscles, eyes bit blurry.
Lemon balm is one of the few herbs (Sage, Rosemary and others) that have Rosmarinic acid and that with other acids in lemon balm works to stop negative nerve-waves by blocking the action of some enzymes so that tranquil nerve impulses can pass easily through nerve endings.
Herbs affect people differently—some will react to a sip and for some a week or two will go by before the herb works. Some scientists say the reaction is due to enzyme function yet that is a new field and more research is necessary.
Experiments with Alzheimer’s disease have indicated that memory is enhanced and agitation is reduced.
Excessive production of thyroid hormones (especially Thyroxine) occurs in Hyperthyroidism and Graves disease. It occurs mainly in women Lemon balm has been found very effective in reducing the swelling and bringing back balance to the thyroid. It occupies the places where the anti bodies would attach to the thyroid very much like musical chairs so with receptors blocked; the antibody has to bounce about until it dissipates.
The ointment is used for oral and genital herpes. The lip lesions associated with herpes virus react well to the lemon balm ointment. The swelling and irritation diminishes. That is possibly also due to the allantoin constituent in balm. So if you are messing around in unknown territory, a condom, immunosuppressive drugs, lemon balm ointment, a showerhead or abstinence is mandatory.
Lemon balm has been used for centuries for flu and colds. Sure, medical practice has become the norm in the last 100 years but herbs were used for 1000s of years and as long as we don’t destroy the ecology of the planet (currently we are obsessed with planetary suicide and if we continue will annihilate the human race and that is dinkum, real and imminent unless we evolve), herbs will continue to play a vital role in maintaining health in the future.
Remember that plants convert sun energy by photosynthesis in order that the animal and human kingdom can survive.
That sick feeling after realizing the world is controlled by multi nationals and criminals is not uncommon. A cup of lemon balm tea for both the melancholy and the upset tummy is a good restorative. For many gastro intestinal upsets, colic, flatulence and indigestion, the carminative effect of lemon balm is a great panacea.
Supposedly no contra indications or side effects for lemon balm, although if you take a sedative already, lemon balm may add to the effect so driving under the influence of lemon balm or doing work that requires real focus is not advised. Lemon balm lowers the blood pressure so if you have low blood then not a good idea.
A general rule when making a herbal tea, ideally water should be boiled and allowed to cool a bit, then add the herb and steep for 15 minutes before drinking.
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.The surface area of a finer cut allows for more absorption if the herb is finely cut with not much heat generated.
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.
IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .
DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.
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.
In the next newsletter we will deal with Cumin in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.
Fats and Figures
What to Eat or what not to Eat—that is the question.
Fats are a big time problem today. Talk of saturated and unsaturated fats Omega 3 and 6 and essential fatty acids boggle the mind.
Fats in the body insulate your nerve cells, balance your hormones, protect you from cold, keep the skin and arteries supple and also lubricate your joints. some vitamins including A,D,E and K need fat to become soluble.
Fatty acids are the building blocks of saturated or unsaturated fats. The different types of fatty acids combine to form chains of different lengths and determine the character of the fat.
Saturated fats mean that the chain that makes up the saturated fat is saturated with hydrogen molecules and is solid at room temperature. Examples are butter, margarine, and fatty parts of meat, chicken, some palm oils and dairy products
The best types of Saturated fats are the medium chain as they are rapidly broken down and metabolised. Includes butter and coconut oil. Coconut oil decreases blood cholesterol and may decrease obesity.
Excessive consumption of saturated fats is responsible for obesity (really!!),
Pregnant women beware; Eating a cheeseburger, which is likely the worst combination of food, would result in a huge increase about 450% in morning sickness.
Unsaturated fats come primarily from plant foods, nuts and seeds, and are liquid at room temperature. Examples include vegetable oils such as olive, peanut, safflower, sunflower, soybean and corn.
Fat is mainly stored in the body in the form of triglycerides.
Triglycerides can also be synthesised for medical purposes usually as medium chain truglycerides and are beneficial to the digestion and nervous system.
Essential fatty acids are poly unsaturated fatty acids that your body can’t manufacture and, therefore, has to be provided through your diet.
Omega 6 (polyunsaturated fat) is found in corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut and soybean oil
Omega 3 (superunsaturated fatty acid)is easily obtained in the diet.
Omega 3s are beneficial to the blood system and heart. Supports good metabolism and fortifies the immune system.
For a healthy diet, concentrate on mono unsaturated fats like olive oil and essential fatty acids.
Recipe ensuring that you have adequate omegas:
Mix, grind in a coffee grinder. Keep refrigerated.
“Comfort arrives as a sweet guest and remains as a master.” Most of the time the master is a calculated rip off.
Transfats are mainly synthesized and unhealthy. Usually made by heating as in frying. Examples are pork fat, shortening, stick margarine and butter. Solid and unhealthy like any good government and multi national corporation and just as useless.Use if you want to increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy high-density cholesterol which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.An added extra is to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
BEWARE ASPARTAME---shown as causing Diabetes, all sorts of Cancers, major Nervous Disorders, High Blood Pressure and affects the Chromosomes (genetic material).
“And before you leave the market place, see that no one has gone his way with empty hands.
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Glossary(meanings of some fancy words)