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HEALING HERBS: Keep the passion for love flowing

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: Keep the passion for love flowing

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Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. – Loretta Young

Unconditional love is crucial to the positive development of this planet. Likewise, rewarding staff members, friends or family who go beyond the call of duty or who contribute positively to the success of any organisation or event will continually attract more love.

Two weeks ago at my staff meeting at the Christ Church Foundation School, I received a token of appreciation from the principal and acting deputy principal for my contribution to the positive development of the school. As I approached the principal to receive my keepsake, his gleaming eyes signified gratitude as he recited positive statements about my contribution to the school. I felt as if a sea of love had captured me in the bosom of its waves when the staff applauded. 

Moreover, I sensed renewed approval when I saw the words “thank you” embossed in solid gold. I knew I had to pass on love to others so today I am passing some of that passion to loyal readers of this column. Love found me and I am dispersing it back into nature by educating readers about a virtually unknown, beautiful and versatile silent doctor which is recognised as a myriad of magic.

Silent doctor Indian nettle, also known as three-seeded mercury, Indian copperleaf or night wonder in Barbados, is an overall body rejuvenator. It works like magic to give the body a light, healthy, satisfactory feeling. It is sometimes compared to silent doctor Catnip and has taken up permanent residence in my garden. 

Research reveals that in some countries the plant is used as a famine food and the leaves are consumed. Furthermore, it can treat dysentery, headaches, syphilitic ulcers, snakebites, constipation, bed sores, rheumatic complaints, earache, asthma, pneumonia, scabies and other skin complaints. It also promotes the removal of mucous secretion from the bronchial tubes and expels worms.   

In some ethnic groups in India, the complete plant is employed to treat bronchitis and a paste of the leaves is applied to burns. An anal suppository of bruised leaves can assist in relaxing the constricted sphincter and muscles. Research continues on night wonder in the areas of post-coital infertility activity, diabetes, strokes, nerve protection, cancer, antimicrobial activity and as an antioxidant.

As 2015 approaches, I want to continue sharing most of the hidden knowledge about silent doctors. Most intriguing is that love continues to flow. You get what you give. Happy Kwanzaa.

• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

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