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HEALING HERBS: French cotton for appetite


Annette Maynard-Watson

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I am extremely ecstatic to introduce you to French cotton, a beautiful spiritual plant that is truly forgotten or unknown in Barbados.
As I continue to lend focus to coastal or beachside silent doctors, I zoomed to a forbidden topic. Occasionally, I wonder why sandy beach areas which are filled with silent doctors, including mahogany, grapes, manchineel and sometimes Calotropis proccera, are often favoured by pleasure-seeking sensual explorers to relax, procreate or to have fun.
When such explorers are warned about “parking out” and the danger of these coastal areas, persistence seems to overcome resistance.
This is somewhat puzzling. Is it because trees are reminders of being in the Garden of Eden – a natural habitat? Or do these areas, surrounded by silent doctors, create the only authentic atmosphere that helps “man” to realistically express the “jungle fever” or innately imprisoned feelings seeking to escape?
Read Genesis 2:15: “And the Creator took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Calotropis proccera is known in English as French cotton, Apple of Sodom, rubber bush, swallow-wort, giant milkweed or Dead Sea apple. It is also considered a very sacred plant and is sometimes associated with biblical Sodom.
Additionally, silent doctor French cotton has Hollywood connections, since a song entitled Apple Of Sodom from the soundtrack Lost Highway was used in a movie with the same title.
John Milton also alludes to this plant in his epic poem Paradise Lost.  
However, research records this plant as being used in some cultures as a healer. Its fruits and flowers appear magical.
 Although being labelled as harmful, and its sap caustic, in some cultures it is used as an expectorant and for treating ulcers.
The flowers assist with improving appetite, catarrh and indigestion. The leaves are used as sexual enhancers, healing wounds or they are boiled in oil to treat paralysis. The root bark treats intestinal parasites, elephantiasis, cough, and skin diseases.
Women felt it worked as an abortifacient. A Barbadian professor using references alluded to its being used to treat rheumatism, ringworms and warts.
Finally, French cotton crossed the Atlantic with sacred information contained in its cells. Locate it along the East Coast Road.  Also understand Revelation 22: 1, 2: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of the Creator . . . . In the middle of its street, on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations.”

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