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HEALING HERBS: Use of local plants a must

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: Use of local plants a must

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Mistletoe, pine-cones and holly are non-indigenous plants having a jolly time in Barbados as decorations for this season.
However, Barbadian traditional plants which bloom in December must be respected as the authentic power plant symbols for this season. “Silent doctors” Christmas candle, Christmas bush and Christmas Hope carry genuine Caribbean sunny, flamboyancy and real decorative potential and they should always override the impressionable “winter wonderland of snow”.
Therefore, I purport that next year we Barbadians can consider incorporating our December blooms into our corsages, wreaths, other holidays’ decorations and media advertisement displays.
Remember, Europeans continually respect Holly and their seasonal indigenous plant. I welcome Holly and mistletoe but would prefer our indigenous plants to take precedence next season.
Since (1988) our blooms have exhibited greatness, capturing even Gold at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Further yet, we have creative Barbadian florists who can design our brand of festive decorations including artificial corsages.
Mother Nature loves creativity and welcomes the birth of good and just action for the utilisation of all the healing herbs in this environment. Let us exercise good judgement.
Additionally, as 2011 dawns, we can begin the year with the words “more self-love”. Do not allow anyone on this planet to dishonour or disrespect you without your permission. My catch phrase is: “No one will treat me bad because I will not give them authority or permission to do so.”
Don’t allow:
• Anyone to make you feel bad because of the colour of your skin, occupation,  spiritual belief, where you went to school or live or the car you drive.
• Anyone to stop you from reading this column. It is educational.  
• Anyone to humiliate you because of a past mistake, for example, being an ex-prisoner. Change is constant.
• Anyone to kill your spirit because of gossip or acrimony. Take a lesson from Rihanna, who is weathering the storms of insults.
• Anyone to dump bad news on you.
• Always consult the Creator.
• Plant and nurture “silent doctors”.
• Be kind to yourself.
• Remember greatness comes from within, for example, Sir Garfield Sobers.
• Restructure your eating habits and consume more holistic foods.
• Exercise regularly.
• Fix puzzles and like Mr Bojangles dance through life.
• Place “I Am” in front of all your thoughts and ensure it is something positive, for example, I am a holistic healthy person.
• Study modalities that would rid the body of old thought patterns.
In conclusion, best regards to readers of this column. Love yourself and the “silent doctors”.
Persist in reading Healing Herbs for support, an empowerment and to be educated about “silent doctors”. A wholistic 2011.  
• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted at [email protected] or telephone 250-6450.
 DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims for any products. Any attempt to diagnose and treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care professional.