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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.


• Kitchen-wise-Medicinal herbs and spices in the kitchen
• Hot Flushes


Capsicum annum
Capsicum frutescens
Capsicum minimum
Chillis are from the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family.

Vitamin C is one of those well know preventions for colds flu and general bronchial distress. Usually oranges and lemons are the easy source yet chili has 7x more Vitamin C and is used for respiratory dis ease-Colds Floo, Emphysema and for Sinusitis. And a great source of vitamin A for vegetarians

The anti asthma qualities are due to the content of alkaloid substances in it that prevent spasm of the bronchi and the peppery heat acts as a cleanser of mucous (expectorant and decongestant.).


Dosage is by eating or in capsules.
Only suggest a tea for politicians and political appointees, lawyers and rip off artists.
Really we should be wishing those types wisdom yet often the overwhelm takes over.

if you get fresh chili, you can remove the hottest part which is the placenta and eat it without the burning---not so with dried chilli, the burn remains even if the placenta is removed Eating the natural pod is often better healthwise than a capsule.

Capsaicin is the main alkaloid in chilli that works to improve the cardio vascular system improving Blood Circulation, lowering Hypertension and preventing blood clotting. Has also a beneficial effect on the heart.
Cayenne pepper increases the body's ability to dissolve fibrin, which makes up a large percentage of blood clots.
A chili a day keeps many illnesses at bay.
So when in good health spread a bit of peace by wishing your fellow man the boon of health.

Good news for Diabetics—low amounts of Chilli in a meal lowers insulin levels. Researchers have shown that alo with increased body mass less chilli lowers the insulin level meaning the more overweight the better chilli increases the liver ‘s clearing of insulin so a regular amount of chilli with your meal will decrease dependence on insulin lowering medication.
So go Chilli, Dried and put in a coffee grinder and used as a substitute for black pepper – so much more nutritious—or you can also use cayenne pepper.

The pungent ingredient in Chilli, Capsaicin has an effect on the Gastro Intestinal System alleviating heartburn and may alleviate peptic, duodenal and gastric ulcers.

Chillis as Anti Viral, Anti Bacterial and Anti Fungal was well known to the Mayan already thousands of years ago and scientific findings currently indicate prevention of some gastric and lung liver pathogens.
For example, he capsaicin in chilli inhibits Escherichia coli, which is implicated in Crohn’s disease and other gastro intestinal. Infections.

The hotter and redder the chili pepper, the more Capsaicin it contains. The hottest varieties include habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers. Jalapenos are next in their heat and Capsaicin content, followed by the milder varieties, including Spanish pimentos, and Anaheim and Hungarian cherry peppers.

Weight loss is often dependent on the basal metabolic rate----i.e. the speed at which chemical reactions take place in the body.
An Increase in BMR results is more usage of energy –thermogenesis, ( the heat production of the body), is increased with all Chilis so weight loss may occurs. At least the probability of increasing weight is reduced
Burning away fat is where it’s at…that what chilies may do.

Aspirin is a common analgesic, which is likely to damage the stomach lining just, like strong alcohols –and Chili comes to the rescue by alleviating and preventing the damage.

The pain relieving qualities are also used in Peripheral Arthritis, Diabetic Neuropathy and Psoriasis and applied topically as a Capsaicin Cream, which may burn a bit with some people. It works by inhibiting substance P a substance which transmits pain impulses to the brain and is associated with the inflammatory process.

Tons of drugs are available to reduce and prevent excess Cholesterol—there is lots of controversy about using the cholesterol figure as one very important measure of health. Undoubtedly it is a good source of income for the pharmaceuticals. The capsaicin in chilli may inhibit excessive absorption of Cholesterol in the diet and also facilitate excretion of cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

In experiments about Prostate Cancer it was found that after four weeks of receiving capsaicin, Prostate Cancer tumor growth and size decreased significantly in animals.
It is said that a dose equivalent to 400milligrams 3x per week would likely alleviate in a 200lb adult.(a teaspoon equals 5gms so talking very small amounts.)

Excessive intake of hot chilies has been linked to stomach cancer, so don't go overboard. You don’t need to do anything; just wishing happiness to someone is enough.



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



It is thought that hot flushes are due to hormonal changes.
Dwindling hormone levels (estrogen) around menopause confuses the hypothalamus – our body’s thermostat (among other roles) – and will turn the body temperature up unpredictably at any time.

In any event they signal a change in ones pattern of life.
Before and after menopause, hot flushes occur to the majority of women –some heavily and the lucky barely notice the change.
For some memory loss night sweat and unpredictable hot flushes become difficult to handle.

Certain triggers worsen the situation—
Bad diet
Lack of exercise.
Uncomfortable and synthetic bedding
Often cause by temperature changes for example like moving from a warm space to a cool outside or vice versa.
Hot flushes are a natural progression in women and a signal of life preparing you for changes and prompting to watch for the added kilos that often accompany it.

First step is a wholesome diet and exercise.
That will help with constipation, which is an aggravating aspect of hot flushes for some.
Drinking water is a simple technique keeping you cool and hydrated.
Regular detoxing is helpful to maintain peak health states.
The process of adapting to a new regimen seems daunting but doing does the starting and the first step is the way forward.
Senseless worry about what may be is just mind playing games and instilling doubt. Ignore and persevere

Sage regulates the hypothalamus and so the thermostat is controlled hence sage may alleviate the heating up and also helps with memory loss.

Local African herbs such as Wild Sage salvia africana-corulea and Wilde dagga may have a similar effect

Black cohosh, a North American herb has helped many with its hormone like action.

Herbs that alleviate anxiety and depression will help those who experience those states---Valerian, St Johns Wort, Vervain, Lavender and Rosemary are some easily available.

Hops as a herb tea and not as a beer helps calming.

Red clover contains plant estrogens and helps most with night sweats-it also works to protect bones.

Evening primrose oil has a cooling effect on the skin

Homeopathic Remedies should be overseen by a practicing homeopath
Homeopathic treatment options such as Ferrum phosphoricum (good for reducing redness), Belladonna (an excellent herb for sporadic, rapid hot flashes), Sanguinarina (counteracts hot flashes on the face, neck and ears) and Kali Phosphoricum.
Herbal and homeopathic applications are worth trying to avoid further stress and discomfort.

In the unlikely scenario of herbs not working then Estrogen therapy may be the way forward.
Non-invasive and gentle ways are the intent of nature and the right to self-treatment is empowering.

So what’s part of 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). Spend sometime in nature, quietly. Link with people who create wellbeing and good vibes. Save and swop organic seed. Consider alternatives to surgery (2nd opinions from Homeopaths, reputable alternative practitioners including sangomas) and keep the faith china.

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