SING FEFUR NEWSLETTER NO 8

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 8--APRIL 2012

• Street-wise-Medicinal herbs growing wild and recognised as weeds in the streets, garden and the wild.
• Liver conditions no 3 Hepatitis B.

STREETWISE
ALFALFA
LUCERNE
MEDICAGO SATIVA

 

In a semi sane farm environment, animals are often fed the best food and the human counterparts eat the drippings from fast food stores and the dolled up packaged food from supermarkets.Horses and cows are fed lucerne and rarely have cholesterol problems
To balance and lower High Cholesterol using fresh Lucerne, take a drive into the coutryside --you will often see it on the sides of the roads where the farmers tractors do not harvest. Your local petshop may have but those come in big bales, enough for 2 years tea if you do 1
Use teaspoon herb to 1 cup boiling water.It is also obtainable as drops at some healthshops.
If it is too inconvenient then alfalfa sprouts would have the same effect and those are easily obtained from the nearest supermarket (eat in salad not as a tea).Alfalfa is also obtainable in dry form from most health shops--make sure it is organic as the crops are given high spray and chemical dosages.
The saponins in the alfalfa have the anti cholesterol effect}

Arthritic sufferers use lucerne to decrease the body acidity--Alfalfa as a tea has a strong alkalinizing effect and has no side effects.Pretty useful in most dis eases as the body Ph is often too low and the exisitng acidity cause further complications.
It appears that we are taught to eat incorrectly either via ignorance or purposefully through advertising that brainwashes from an early age and from then onwards we rationalize our eating patterns ending up paying for medical insurance rather than eating to prevent illness.
Alfalfa is a nutritive - a herb which replaces lost minerals and vitamins-- it combats fatigue and strengthens but who would consider it--certainly not the local supermarket even if it contains Calcium, Copper, Phosphorus, Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Fluorine, Potassium, Sodium, Chlorine, Silicon, Magnesium, Sulfur and Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Choline, Vitamin A, PABA, Inositol, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Biotin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Folic Acid, Vitamin K and thats for starters. Too healthy; the medical profession would suffer and that would be so heartbreaking.

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One of the oldest remedies for weight loss is lucerne--eating it daily gets you slim and trim.
If you are too squeamish to eat the food of the horses and cows then make a tea--the standard dose for `lucerne is 1 teaspoon of dried herb to 1 cup boiling water.
Again, it is suggested that a mixture rather than a single herb be used for greater potency.The effect of alfala is often made more potent by adding a few complementary herbs which are also specific to the cause you want to eliminate for eg--for slimming add a bit of buchu, dandelion and nettle and you have a wide acting slimming mix.
Of course you could try our slim tea which is blended with that in mind.

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Alfalfa has been cited as curing so many upsets from gastric ulcer, menstral pain to diabetes. The chlorophyll content would help in anaemia and likely the decrease in acidity produced by alfalfa helps with acid colon conditions. Again we need to recognise that we are so conditioned by our beliefs that often chewing a twig of ghazerai will heal sinusitis if you believe it strongly enough.Not a bad thing if it works for you.

In the next newsletter we will deal with Basil in the series called Kitchen wise - talking about medicinal properties of the usual herbs found in the kitchen.



LIVER - About Hepatitis B


The psychological equivalent of liver disease is negative emotions including frustration and dissappointment so liver affects the psyche-- a nice sweet guy can become quite temperamental and be surprisingly freaky when the liver is unwell.
Hepatitis B virus can cause symptoms or can go unnoticed.Acute attacks can go unnoticed and show no symptoms and chronic may damage the liver later in life.

The virus is contracted through transmission of bodily fluids as in unprotected sex, contaminated needles, tatoos and also by contact. So no indiscriminate kissing.
It may become chronic especially in later life if contracted by children or young adults.

Symptoms can show as
Feeling very tired
Mild fever
Headache
Migraine
Not wanting to eat\
Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting
Belly pain
Diarrhoera or constipation
Muscle aches and joint pain
Skin rash
Yellowish eyes and skin----jaundice usually appears only after the symptoms have started to go away

Rest, healthy eating, drinking lots of water and avoiding drugs and alcohol goes a long way to treating hepatitis B.
Hot and cold showers is a good therapy.

The diet sheet in newsletter no 7 is a good guideline for healthy eating which helps in a liver cleanse and detox.
A cleansing diet is so very very necessary considering the toxins we iingest in our abnormal diets.
Stress is associated with liver conditions and physical exercise such as walking, swimming and whatever as long as you don't exhaust yourself is a self help mechanism.
Quiet time and meditation and really anything that fills you with a sense of quietude is worth persuing.
Investigate any fixations that may be keeping you in a feeling of being trapped.
Juices such as lemon, grapefruit, apple and tomato are always beneficial.Can add a bit of ginger.

Herbs which are easily obtainable and helpful in liver problems are
Dandelion
Wilde Als,
Stinging nettle
Rue
Kankerbos
Buchu
Fennel
Bloublomsalie
Wilde dagga
The herbs in this mixture are obtainable at any good health shop or pharmacy.
I suggest that mixtures of a few herbs are used for a broader acting spectrum.
We do a ready made mixture using the herbs grown organically on our farm, which is obtainable from our outlets called LIVERITEA. The WONDERHERBS TONIC is also a great liver tonic.
The herbs are usually taken 2 to three times a day—one teaspoon to 1 cup of boiling water—add a bit of lemon
If you have the fresh herb then use a few leaves instead.
Any Sweeteners are not recommended for liver conditions.
What food to avoid:
Hamburgers
Pizza or any melted cheese dishes
Coffee
Sugar
Any sweet foods--the liver does not like sweet foods.
Refined foods such as white breads, sweetmeats,
Chocolates will send the liver into liver hell so to be avoided.

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.

The herbs in this mixture are obtainable at any good health shop or pharmacy.
We do a ready made mixture, which is obtainable from our outlets called KIDNEYTEA. It is available in teabags or loose.

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.

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

 


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