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HEALING HERBS: Boost immune system with cherries

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: Boost immune system with cherries

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17
School reopens for students tomorrow and I have prepared myself for the task of supervising and nurturing some of the nation’s most loving children at Foundation School.
I bask in glory, knowing my gift of teaching was bestowed by the Creator.
Another gift that I practise daily is the power of “sharing love”. I love teaching and unconditionally enjoy nurturing children.
Additionally, I love silent doctors and strongly believe that loving silent doctors is another gift.
A unique spiritual gift has recently unfolded about silent doctors; it is stunning, stimulating and healing. That light will shine soon.
Today, I am humbly directed to write about silent doctor Bajan cherry, a sacred Barbadian treasure.
As a little girl, I picked and ate many cherries on my way home from school.
Barbados remains blessed with an abundance of cherry trees. It is commonly known in neighbouring South America as acerola. Is it not better to use fresh Bajan cherries than take commercial acerola capsules? I have two trees and use them for nutrition and healing.
The nutritional value of cherries includes high levels of vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin and thiamine. It is important to reinforce that the Bajan cherry is an excellent source of vitamin C – it contains about five times as much as oranges.
People consuming cherries should note that they fight free radicals, improve the immune system, are good for asthma and cold prevention, kill fungus, increase urination, dry secretions, and fight dysentery and fever.
They can also boost the liver and renal systems, support heart function, heal wounds and treat sore throat. They are good nutritive aids against high cholesterol levels, anaemia, diabetes, rheumatism and tuberculosis.
In some cultures, cherries are used to treat bowel inflammation, breast disorders, hepatitis, water retention, wounds, and as a drying/astringent agent.
Barbadian cherries should be eaten out of hand by every schoolchild. Tours should be organized to the Soil Conservation Commission where students can visit the cherry gardens and be educated about the healthy values of this fruit. They should also be allowed to pick and savour some of it.
I also encourage Barbadians to plant a cherry tree to allow this phoenix to rise from the ashes.
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