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SING FEFUR NEWSLETTER NO 7

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 7 --MARCH 2012

• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs in the kitchen--PEPPERMINT
• Liver no 2


KITCHEN-WISE--THE MEDICINAL VALUE OF KITCHEN HERBS.
PEPPERMINT
KRUISTEMENT
(MENTHA PIPERITA)

Peppermint crisp and mint chocolates use the herb we are talking about today. so too muffins, deserts and sometimes potatoes.
After dinner mints—as does peppermint soothe the stomach membrane and bring a sense of completion to a heavy meal.


Peppermint is great for nausea—maybe why it is such a nice tea to drink while looking at the state of our nations. Morning sickness of the non political type also benefits from a nice cuppa.It really has a beneficial effect on the nerves and at the same time prevents vomiting.

So feel a headache coming on, try a cup of peppermint tea----1 teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water or if you are lucky enough to have a plant: growing a sprig will do.

The kitchen herbs are easily obtainable as plants from nurseries and if it is a mission to find, then for the dried herb, your nearest supermarket will have them under the culinary herb section.
If you grow a peppermint plant because you know it is great for flatulence, then plant it in a wet area where it can spread without invading other plants.

The heritage of the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks have been passed through the ages and we use the legacy of the ancient healers unknowingly on a daily basis.

Peppermint tea is helpful in cases of gallbladder disorder by stimulating the flow of bile and the menthol content of peppermint (which is higher in the peppermint oil) helps to melt gallstones.In disorders of the gall bladder consult a physician first.

Like lots of herbs it is safe during pregnancy and lactation and has no side effects.

Peppermint is produced in South Africa but most companies prefer to import from Germany who gets the herbs mainly from central Europe—all forgetting the radioactive residue left by Chernobyl.

Our dietary patterns make us prey to parasites---pappermint is strongly anti-parasitic especially to hookworm.

Peppermint is one of the herbs which when in combination with other herbs is helpful in irritable bowel syndrome.It is hypothesized that Peppermint benefits irritable bowel syndrome by its anti spasmodic activity on the smooth muscles of the intestines.


Herbs on their own as singles are great, yet when mixed with a few complementary acting herbs the subsequent mixture can make a powerfully effective healing tool.

Some people have a greater sensitivity to herbs and the beneficial results are seen quickly.
Even if sometimes not visible the healing power of natures' medicinals has a profound effect at many levels in the body.
The very pungent narure of the herb makes it useful in clearing nasal passages and opening the sunuses during colds--the peppermint oil may be more practical in respiratory conditions.

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

About Liver conditions and recipes

Hepatitis
Hepatitis A


The main two kinds are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Both are an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis virus.
The virus has 2 strains. recovery from the hepatitis A strain is usual after a few weeks.
It is very contagious so keeping the area clinically clean is important.

Once you have had the illness you become immune to it.

Alcohol is not a good idea in any liver illness.

The symptoms vary in intensity and range to include

Fatigue
Extreme weakness,
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes),
Nausea,
Dark brownish urine,
Fever,
Abdominal

The virus can spread through contact with infected saliva, mucus, sperm and blood.

HERBS for the liver which can be used in the cleanser diet.

Dandelion
Fenugreek
Rue
Nettle
Yarrow
Wilde als
Kankerbos
Buchu
Bloublomsalie
Sage
Milk thistle

I do suggest you use a mixture of herbs not just a single herb or get our LIVERITEA which is formulated for such use.
An herbal formula for people with hepatitis may contain herbs with a number of different action types, depending on the person's constitution and current health.
If hepatitis becomes chronic, work with a qualified natural health-care practitioner or holistically minded physician to design an ongoing herbal formula that contains liver-building herbs, enzyme lowering-herbs, bile-movers, and appropriate dietary supplements. Such a person can order tests and provide nutritional and herbal guidance during the healing process.

IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER WE WILL DEAL WITH HEPATITIS B

THE FOLLOWING IS A 2 WEEK DETOX PROGRAM TO RESTORE VITALITY AND SUPPORT LIVER RECOVERY.
General cleansing diet for 2 weeks

On rising
Herbal tea, big glass of warm weak unsweetened
Lemon water

Breakfast
Any or all of the following ripe fruits–
apples, pears , grapefruit, paw paw, pineapple,
tomatoes, guava
or
large helping of stewed or soaked apricots
prunes and peaches with a raw or baked apple

11 a m

Herbal tea, Small glass of warm weak unsweetened
lemon water

Lu n c h
Large raw salad of at least one of the following
carrots, onions, lettuce , turnip s, radishes,
celery , parsley, spinach , tomatoes , sprouts ;

Lemon juice for dressing

2 slices of rye toast and butter
Grated cheddar cheese

Dessert
Mixed fresh and dried fruit salad

4 pm
Herbal tea, glass of warm weak unsweetened
lemon tea

Evening

Large helping of three of the following
vegetables
Steamed: cabbage, spinach, onions, carrots,
cauliflower, turnip, squash

Marmite water for gravy.

3 medium potatoes cooked in their jackets
with either well cooked lentils or green beans

Dessert salad of apples. Paw paw and guavas with lemon juice for dressing

Bed time small glass of hot unsweetened lemon tea

N>B>
no drinking with meals
no white flour products
no sweetening or condiments of any nature
Marmite--no meat or bone extract
a small amount of vegetable seasoning
rest a little before and after the meal if at all possible.

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 Peppermint 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.

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

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