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HEALING HERBS: The benefits of daffodils

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: The benefits of daffodils

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SOMETIMES I DO NOT know where to turn when I recognise that there are some people who do not learn from their mistakes. I often ask myself if they will ever discover that mistakes are learning tools.  

Recently, I began to reflect on my life because I mistakenly thought that I needed to raise my confidence level. This occurred after watching Ted Talks videos featuring best-selling Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez. Moreover, ten years ago, I would have told myself: “I want to be like Adichie and Velasquez.”  

However, as I engrossed myself into the two writers’ unique way of speaking, I told myself: “I am Annette Maynard-Watson and I am just as confident and competent as any speaker.” I then began beaming inside knowing I am who I am. 

Our mistake is that we do not learn from our mistakes. One of our primary mistakes as people of the Caribbean is that many of us idiotically believe that our culture and, by extension, Caribbean people, are second class to others, that we are bashful and that nobody wants to hear or learn from us. We must stop it. I am reinforcing that you must no longer make the mistake of comparing yourself to others. Comparing yourself to others often creates false beliefs and decreases self-esteem.  

Instead, please make the determination that you are fashioned as a unique expression of the Creator. Let us no longer accept foolishness from others.

As I began thinking about how we can use mistakes to transform our own lives, silent doctor daffodil flashed into my consciousness. So make no mistakes, daffodils are great healers. 

The BBC News web page has revealed: “A drug derived from daffodils has been found effective in halting the progress of different types of dementia.” Further: “Researchers from Swindon have shown that it can also be beneficial in treating vascular dementia, which is caused by damage to the blood vessels leading to the brain. Other research shows that daffodils can treat coughs, whooping cough, gout, joint pain, asthma, vomiting, depression, liver and gallbladder disease and Alzheimer’s. 

A claim made on the website states that daffodils “can cure diabetes”. Research also shows that the ancient Celts used daffodils as cures for cancer and to soothe nerves. 

Finally, who are you? Are you confident? Boost your confidence by learning from your mistakes, empowering yourself, treating others with respect and nurturing daffodil flowers. 

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).


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