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HEALING HERB: Cherish the Bajan cherry

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Monday morning after the appearance of the article titled Boost The Immune System With Cherries, I received many calls from appreciative readers.  
One of the calls came from Major Samuel Headley, a St George resident, who reported that he is surrounded by silent doctors.  
He said he enjoys reading this column, being a project officer spearheading The National Fruit Orchard Project at the Soil Conservation Unit in St Andrew.  
He also said the Bajan cherry grove in St Andrew was an ideal outdoor classroom, a perfect location where teachers could show students nature in its splendour while exposing them to the importance of agriculture and eating and understanding the value of cherries.
You can contact the relevant authorities to view this magnificent cherry project. It is first-class that Major Headley and I feel the same about Bajan cherries and children.
Today the focus is on recipes and healing remedies.
To treat a low immune system, iron deficiency, diabetes or minor stomach challenges, try this cherry drink.
Ginger And Tamarind-inspired Bajan Cherry Drink
2 ½ cups Bajan cherries
¼ cup tamarind pulp
2 cups coconut water
¼ tsp ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
Squeeze ripe cherries through a sieve over a mixing bowl; add ginger, nutmeg and coconut water.
Chill or pour over ice; enjoy.
For constipation or an energy boost, try this cherry salad.
Bajan Cherry Bonanza
2 cups Bajan Cherries, pitted
1 banana, sliced
½ cup watermelon, diced
1 okra, finely diced
¼ cup coconut water, chilled
Dash of nutmeg
Cayenne pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except nutmeg
in a salad bowl. Sprinkle nutmeg over salad.Serve, or chill in refrigerator.
This cherry tea is excellent for colds, respiratory challenges, insomnia.  
Bajan Cherry, Soursop And Thyme Tea
6 cherry leaves, dried
2 sprigs thyme, dried
2 soursop leaves
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp honey
1½ cups boiling water
Pour boiled water into a teapot; add leaves and sprigs of thyme.
Cover; steep five minutes, then strain.
Add honey if desired.
 Our Creator has bestowed many healing gifts on us Barbadians, including Bajan cherries. Are we truly utilizing them? I implore you to seek, emancipate and know thyself and silent doctors.
• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.
DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempt to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.