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HEALING HERBS: A natural painkiller and more

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: A natural painkiller and more

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO TARGET those who have forgotten the power of the woman as a herbal healer.

Humbly, we must remember those women who continue to “nurse” the population with successful herbal remedies. These women can brew mysterious potions to heal anything, including a cold or a stumped toe. 

Moreover, these healing remedies are still in circulation and their potency has not waned.

Grandpa especially depended on grandma for healing. He never ran from pillar to post to receive healing. He respected the wisdom of grandma because he trusted her shamanic ability. 

Most importantly, these women followed intuition and were schooled in nature. 

It is against this backdrop that respect is due to all these humble medicine women who have been forgotten. I am calling on you to remember the genesis of these herbal healers.

Where are these females? Do you know who they are? Have you ever heard of Blanche Watson or Ivelyn “Blossom” Harris, also known as “lady bush doctor”? Have you ever heard of Ms Ward who plied her trade near St Lawrence Gap? Are University of the West Indies students capturing this type of research? 

We have to stop and let the truth speak for itself. Mother Nature speaks of these healers in a still soft voice.

Ask her and she will tell you the truth. Her feminine energy is not risqué. She emits an extraordinary vibration. She brews a fantastic magical bush tea. She has charted a course for all herbalists. She should be exalted and respected. She is a conscious spirit guide. Do not look away. Look at her.

As we recognise the work of the feminine energy in herbalism, let us focus on silent doctor night blooming cereus. The website says: “The Native American tribe Death Valley Shoshone called this plant ‘pain in the heart’ and used it to treat angina-like pains.” It can also treat palpitations, diaphragmitis, asthma, poor circulation, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, cough and bradycardia. 

Further, the website states: “Night blooming cereus has been used as a homeopathic treatment for digestive ailments with flatulence and cramp-like pains, as well as a herbal remedy for pain associated with menstrual cramps.”

This silent doctor has many more health benefits and is here to assist with heart health.

Finally, women must be more proactive. In the area of herbal health, they must extend their voices to bring balance to grandfather.

• 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.