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HEALING HERBS: Nutritional benefits of kale

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Nutritional benefits of kale

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I AM ALWAYS HAPPY to go to work. However, I am even happier when I arrive at school to see the cheerful students who run to my car to greet me. They are usually the first persons with whom I make contact on the compound.

The experience is always magical because the boys from my form are “little gentlemen”. They are very courteous and caring. Likewise, last Friday, the girls ran to my car and began telling me about an examination. One of the students remarked: “Ma’am, I am afraid that I may fail a test today.” I detected a teachable moment and I spoke to them about my successes and failures.

Our young people have many hidden fears and all we need to do as adults is listen to them and provide divine guidance. Most of them are innocent and I have discovered as a veteran that once we listen and empower the youth, they will continue to inspire themselves. 

As I was driving home on Friday and recapping the wonderful experiences with my students, silent doctor kale was floating across my mind. Kale is nutritionally packed with Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K. It also contains manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, potassium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorous and omega-3 fatty acids. Kale also has cholesterol and cancer-lowering benefits. It is a very good antioxidant.

Readers normally inquire about silent doctors for making shakes. You can blend one cup of chopped kale, two cups of coconut water, one small diced carrot and a small piece of ginger and turmeric to make a nutritious cleansing shake.   

Kale can also be used by those who are constipated. You can blend two cups of cooked kale, two cups of orange juice, a carrot, one medium piece of celery, two small okras and a piece of ginger.

Kale has other health benefits which you can research.

Finally, I am imploring all readers to embrace the children. Although I have encountered differences with some of them, I truly recognise that as spiritual beings we all came to earth to shine. Try introducing them to kale and other silent doctors while assisting them to spend more time in the kitchen garden and with nature.

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

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