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SING FEFUR NEWSLETTER NO 5

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.

CONTENTS OF NEWLETTER NO 5 --JANUARY 2012

• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs in the kitchen
• Recipe for Bedwetting


KITCHEN-WISE--THE MEDICINAL VALUE OF KITCHEN HERBS.
MARJORAM
MARJOLEIN
{ Origanum Majorana}

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Phew—So your partner has bad breath ---give em a twig of Marjoram to chew—makes them kissable if you don’t want to embarrass then just add lots to the food.


We spend a lot of our waking hours eating—average at least about 4 hours per day if you consider the coffee breaks and the time it takes to buy that chocolate and shopping time.
That is a quarter of our waking time which is about 11.6 years of our lives deals just with food and that is a conservative figure------no wonder we have so many digestive problems.

Majoram has the potential for helping in digestive hassles---not so strange that most of the kitchen herbs we commonly use do have a positive effect on the digestion---origins from far back indicate that an intimate knowledge of herbs existed and was kindled and brought forward to our times as society evolved.
A teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of boiling water or 2 fresh twigs.It will be quite effective if you add it to your rooibos /honeybush tea.

Used as a tobacco mix if you can handle it , it may put you off smoking altogether.


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For supressed menstration, the emmenagogic properties (restoring menstral flow) of majoram tea is recommended

Too much water retention? Majoram increases the flow of urine so keep a potty nearby.

In most cases A teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of boiling water or 2 fresh twigs makes a fine tea------it is safe to drink a few times a day yet advice from a practitioner is always advisable.
There are no contraindications with known drugs and no side effects--herbs come from nature not from a sanitized factory.
Ok when pregnant and lactating so a twig a day may keep morning sickness at bay.


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We need to help ourselves as what are we bringing into our houses is the unknown.Older people may not be affected but the generations to come may very well become prey to sorts of disease we do not even know at this stage.
Never mind the cat bringing in the occasional mouse or snake to play---wi fi, cell phones, plasma screens, routers----great for the short term and communication but it looks as if that stuff is here to stay and so are the negative medical effects that are starting to come out of them with inappropriate use.

If you consider that electronic screens are going to have a positive effect on your eyesight then you need to check out a psycho………..not a wise road that society is unwittingly treading with a big nudge from the advertising and media sections.

The use of herbs as a preventative measure is a good idea.There are many blood cleansers and detox herbs growing in yours or your neighbours garden and cost nothing

Its ok to take any herb by itself, yet when mixed with care with other healing herbs a really powerful combination may result--Prevention is better than cure.

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

 

RECIPE FOR BEDWETTING ( Enuresis)

Children usually grow out of bedwetting as it is an involuntary function and so they gain control as they mature, usually from the about 6 years as their bladders grow in size.
If it continues into the later years, it may lead to emotional disturbances since the bedwetting restricts the usual social growth pattern of a growing child—sleeping out becomes too embarrassing and the feeling of being left out may linger.
Do not shame the child , it will only make matters worse.

About 10 million children in the USA are bedwetters.
The causes are numerous and vary from lack of anti diuretic hormone, stressful or scary situations, exposure to second hand smoke to very sound sleeping.

The Kidney may have an inability to process sodium and a possibility of food allergies.

Potassium supplements may help to balance the sodium –99mg daily for older children and half the dosage for the younger children under 12

Moisture alarms have limited success

There are short-term effect drugs, which allow a child to sleep over, or go to camp but in the long term the herbal way offers less side effects and costly methods.
Make sure that the child has sufficient opportunity to urinate during the day –studies have shown that it leads to improvement.

Restricting of liquids before going to bed is appropriate but not always effective as the food eaten during the day becomes liquid. It may be helpful to have the dinner meal early.

These herbs recommended are diuretics and they promote emptying of the bladder before bedtime so they need to be taken about 3 pm not later.
Buchu
Parsley
Celery
Marjoram
Plantain
Rue
Nettle
Dandelion
Yarrow

These herbs can be used singly and a good mix is an equal amount of
Buchu, Dandelion, Rue and Nettle.

A safe dosage is one teaspoon of dried herb to I cup of boiling water---honey can be added to make it acceptable drink for the child.
We produce a Kidney tea which is formulated with the herbs recommended.

Brewers yeast is a good supplement.
Raw Celery and Parsley can be added to the afternoon salad.

 

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

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 Margoram and other herbs visit < > or go to <<herb info and pictures page.>>

IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .

DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.

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