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HEALING HERBS: Make it a herbal paradise

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Make it a herbal paradise

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“While the idea of creating three or four islands offshore may seem a little outlandish, the truth is we need to do things radically different if we are to stand out in the Caribbean.”

DAILY Nation Editorial: It’s Time We EmbraceNew Ideas, March 16.

SIR CHARLES “COW” WILLIAMS, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams and their associates have plans for building more islands off Barbados.

These islands I believe are to assist with economic recovery and stabilising our economy.

I am therefore asking these private sector practitioners to include the indigenous herbal Caribbean well-being experts in the initial planning process. Equally, I am requesting that one of the islands is named “Silent Doctor Paradise”.

Indeed, I know that these brothers understand the concept of a wellness herbal island as the ideal for recovery, thus following in the legacy of our illustrious African ancestors.

The flourishing island will have all species of typical Caribbean silent doctors and will be a key element of the silent doctor strategic plan to lure Caribbean and international visitors to this country.

The expected demand to visit this island will be based on countless innovative and distinguishing features, including the ability to view many far-to-reach seasonal silent doctors. The island will be proliferated with scores of silent doctors and exotic fruits, including rambutan, ackee, jackfruit, mangosteen, kumquats, durian and dragon fruit. However, the exotic fruit that must adorn this island garden is cupuacu.

This silent doctor should be researched by every living being in this solar galaxy. It is known as “the pharmacy in a fruit”. It is located mainly in the Amazon basin and has a chocolate, passion fruit, pineapple, banana and pear flavour. It has a creamy exotic pulp encased in a shell.

Cupuacu is loaded with essential nutrients, including essential fatty acids, phosphorus, fibre, vitamin B1, B2, BC, calcium and all the other powerful antioxidants.

Research shows that cupuacu can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It stimulates the sex drive and improves brain function. It can combat diabetes, increase our energy flow, boost the gastro-intestinal system, assist with weight loss and rejuvenates the skin and hair.

Meanwhile, as Sir Charles and ‘Bizzy’ work toward constructing these islands, I want them to remember the values of silent doctors and their necessity to community development and tourism.

As they continue to “move the earth to please”, I sincerely implore the brothers to “move my earth to please” and be radically different by naming one of the expected islands “Silent Doctor Paradise” as a way of standing out in the Caribbean as a holistic centre for healing.

*Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via silentdoctors or by telephoning 250-6450.

*DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.