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.
• Dementia part 1



While there is a general specific action for most herbs, herbs affect people differently and the healing benefits may be experienced in different ways. For example, you may be taking olive leaf tea or extract to combat the effect of ultra violet rays on skin cancers and find meanwhile that the sinusitis you were suffering from has disappeared.
The substance Oleuropein, a bitter molecule is the active ingredient. It gives the tangy, bitterry flavour to good olive oil.

And this substance Oleuropein has been further analysed (perhaps if scientists dissect enough they may find the god particle in it) with results indicating its use against many pathogenic bacteria including those affecting the G.I.T causing gastro enteritis and diarrhoea. Researchers have named the active principle- Elenolic acid---a polyphenol and potent anti oxidant.

The use of olive leaf as an antiviral stems from its ability to disrupt the necessary building blocks (DNA) of the virus and interfere with viral replication and spread.
It has also been touted for helping HIV aids due to its anti viral properties.
Research may define the active ingredient, yet the active ingredient in an herb works in unison with the other substances in the plant and those help regulate its action, much like an orchestra. Beethoven would not sound too great played by a clarinet alone.
Olive leaf is one herb that has serious multitasking abilities.

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries when plaque clings to the vessel walls) also determines blood pressure.
Olive leaf extract (OLE) works at many levels preventing platelets forming on the vessel lining. It prevents the oxidation of low density cholesterol and maintains the integrity of the “glue” that holds the vessel lining cells together so that cracks do not form in-between the cells where plaque can accumulate. (maintains an organic tiling system with renewal grouting).It also maximizes nitric oxide production, which relaxes the arteries thus those actions prevent heart disease and strokes.

Breaking news from radio umblumgublu is that soon vitamins and active ingredients will not be freely available.A very disrupting and damaging action to many industries and jobs--Is this proposed by stupidity or by a bunch of psychopaths or just a bunch of easy marks and cheap prostitutes bending for money under the power of big pharma. Once again South Africans are faced with a dilemma and again they will ignore the ramifications---“be a good ostrich O maat” has been in the collective for so long that anything of major importance is denied, overlooked or rationalized
So if you want a vitamin, an active ingredient and thousands more natural products you will have to go through your doctor and get a script---not a problem: medical aid costs will lessen, doctors will lower their rates, common supermarket products will become cheaper—price of fuel will drop--dream on.
Unless we do something and help in some way to maintain individual rights and sanity we are devolving even further That legislation has already removed excellent supplements from the health market - is enough to cause high blood pressure even in yogis and meditators and even though juicing will help, the twig of peace needs expression. So go to this website
<<>> and check what is happening and maybe god forbid even help.


The olive leaf has remarkablly positive effects with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. It causes widening of the vessels—i.e. vasodilatation and so prevents and cures high blood pressure—Olive leaf has been researched and found to be as effective as some prescribed anti hypertensives without the inevitable side effects. -- Caution is necessary as it may increase the effect of any drugs you may be taking and lower the blood pressure too much.
Dosage of the leaf extract is capsules between 500 to 2000mg per day. Because of the possibility of hypotension it is always advisable to discuss with your practitioner. Advice is necessary whether to take the leaf tea, the capsules of olive leaf extract or Oleuropein capsules or as a sweat bath.

As a symbol of peace, the olive leaf has not degenerated as much as the state of peace on our planet. So great is mans longing for peace that an award, the Nobel peace prize was established to symbolize one persons achievement in that direction by Alfred Nobel whose fortune was made by weapons of war and mass destruction.
Perhaps he was a convert to some faith that believed in financial absolution – not uncommon in many religions where a legacy of pay your way to heaven holds people bondage.

Anecdotal reports include long-term use of olive leaf as a preventive agent for colds. improved psoriasis, normalisation of heart beat irregularities, diminished cravings, less pain from haemorrhoids, toothaches and chronically achy joints. Some wisdom from indigenous men of plants and pioneers may not have scientific backing but they are from a tradition as ancient as man,healing plants and the practice of medicine.

Discipline restraint and excellence is inherent in the plant worlds unlike the leadership of most if not all countries. It is as if those essential elements have been extracted and replaced with a void spewing stupid laws and actions, self-interest and greed. (What politician is ever going to admit stupidity?).

The incidence of diabetes has increased drastically to satisfy the need for junk food promoted by the system. Instead of doing the opposite, very recently legislation to decrease availability of a huge range of natural products is underway.

The chronic high blood glucose level of diabetes causes aches from inflammation and tissue damage. Treatment is usually to decrease blood glucose levels and effect damage control of the blood sugar spikes. Olive leaf and extract work by slowing the digestion of starch to simple sugars and speeding the uptake of glucose into the tissues from the blood and as an anti oxidant preventing glucose from cross linking with protein molecules. The cross linking of molecules alters the form of the cells which then can’t function. This cross-linking is partly responsible for speeding up the aging process.
Serious research indicates that 500mg olive leaf extract works better than some allopathic drugs to lower plasma insulin and haemoglobin A1c levels hence use of OLE requires consultation with your medical adviser as it may lower the blood sugar too much causing hypoglycaemia.

The hype on cures for cancer are numerous yet the research indicates definitely that olive leaf extract (OLE) works with breast cancer, bladder cancer and melanoma mainly by the disruption of cell membrane integrity leading to cancer cell deaths
It has been shown to inhibit the bacteria causing Lymes disease.
The olive leaf extract is easily available currently from health food shops and from olive trees. A tea of crushed dried leaves is pleasant and has a sweetish aftertaste.


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.

For more in depth details about Lavender and other herbs visit <<our website3>> or go to <<herbal info and pictures>>


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 Lemon Grass in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.


Mental Function Ailments are disorders of the Central Nervous System that relate to Intelligence, Mood, Reasoning and Thought.
These disorders are not limited to government officials and departments only. There seems to be a rapid spreading of those conditions to corporation poicy makers and chronic social media users.

Dementia is a persistent decline of brain function and cognitive skills due to organic Brain disease severe enough to interfere with the ability to perform the activities of daily living.  Symptoms of Dementia are memory loss, personality changes, lack of interest in personal care, impaired reasoning ability and disorientation.

The two forms of dementia we will deal with are
1 Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and
2 Multiple-Infarct Dementia or Vascular Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease afflicts 3% of persons aged 65 to 74.
            AD afflicts 18.7% of persons aged 75 to 84.
            AD afflicts 47.2% of persons aged 85 and over.
            AD is more prevalent in females than in males.


There is a genetic predisposition to being afflicted - the likelihood of a close relative of an Alzheimer's disease patient being affected is four times greater than the general population.
Although AD most frequently occurs in elderly persons, it also afflicts a small number of younger patients (which suggests a genetic basis to some cases).  Most cases of AD are late in onset and are sporadic.

Some of the more common conditions which may cause or worsen Altzheimers.

Blocked or decreased Blood Circulation to the Brain may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  Hypertension may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Damage to the brain cells usually with impaired oxidative and energy metabolism due to damaged DNA in the cells and linked to excessive generation of Free Radicals in the brain may be one of the underlying causes of AD.

There is some evidence that Inflammation may be an underlying factor in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Celiac Disease is a digestive system ailment in which the Jejunum of the Small Intestine fails to absorb and digest food. Celiac Disease is hereditary. It is caused by an allergic reaction to Gluten.

Long-term Dehydration may cause Dementia. Water water everywhere and a lot of  drunk polititians remain unaware. 

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) may cause Dementia when the underlying HIV virus penetrates (via Monocytes) the Blood-Brain Barrier and gains entrance into the Brain - deterioration of Mental Function occurs in approximately 60% of AIDS patients.
Dementia may occur as a result of the tertiary stage of Syphilis.


Cross-Linking may be involved in the initiation and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. That is related to free radical action—some molecules produced in the body join together and form a misshapen molecule that cannot do its job. Happens a lot in Diabetes Mellitus.
Obesity may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Alzheimer’s Disease patients may be at greater risk of (hip) Fractures than normal, healthy people (this correlation between AD and hip Fractures is believed to be due to Vitamin D deficiency).

Excessive Stress may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.  AD patients should not be subjected to excessive Stress. Stress causes the release of Cortisol that is implicated in the disease.
Aspartame will worsen the illness. To find a foodstuff in the supermarket without aspartame is an exercise in patience. What kind of society boosts poison in common foods?
Our realities differ from the outside realities yet the distractions encourages deviation from shining the spirit and self enquiry.

Whenever the Brains of dead Alzheimer's disease patients are dissected, researchers find Aluminium accumulated in them
Mercury accumulation in the brain seems to be a primary cause.

Alzheimer’s Disease may worsen the following conditions.

Impaired Learning ability is one of the principal symptoms of AD.  This occurs from damage to the Frontal Lobe of the Brain.

Impairment of Short-Term Memory is one of the principal symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Some practical manifestations of this impairment include:
-           Asking the same question repeatedly.
-           Repeating the same story, word for word, repeatedly.
-           Forgetting how to cook, or how to make repairs, or how to play cards how to use the TV remote controller use a microwave oven - activities that were previously done with ease and regularity.
-           Losing one's ability to pay bills or balance one's chequebook.
-           Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects.

-           Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that they have taken a bath or that their clothes are still clean.
-           Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves.

The onset of Anosmia (impairment of the Sense of Smell) may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's Disease. 
Periods of inappropriate Aggressiveness are a characteristic of the latter stages of the ailment.
Paranoia is characteristic of the latter stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lack of Willpower (motivation) is a characteristic of AD.  This occurs from damage to the Frontal Lobe of the Brain.


Multiple-Infarct Dementia (Vascular Dementia) is the second most common cause of Memory impairment and Dementia in Western nations.
            Mutiple-Infarct Dementia is responsible for 10% - 40% of all cases of Dementia.
            Mutiple-Infarct Dementia is more prevalent in men than in women.
Vascular dementia is a form of Dementia caused by “pockets” of dead Brain Cells (Neurons) as a consequence of insufficient Blood Circulation to the Brain.
Hypertension and strokes are also causes.

In the next newsletter we will deal with natural treatment for dementia.
Further topics to discuss—What are anti oxidants and free radicals?

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.


If you have a problem getting the herbs contact us at << 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
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Some photographs by Ursula van Deventer.


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