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Rain Tree a giant silent doctor

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ANNette maynard-watson

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4 King James Version (KJV)

AS THE NATION mourns the passing of one of its founding fathers, former chairman and Editor Emeritus of The Nation Publishing Company, Harold Hoyte, I take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the entire Nation family. I also take this time to express sympathy to his wife Noreen and immediate family.

I cherish the relationship I had with Noreen being a teacher at her alma mater. Furthermore, while penning this article I noticed that Hoyte was constantly referred to as a giant.

Dictionary.com defines a giant as: “A person or thing of unusually great size, power, importance, etc,; major figure; legend: a giant in her field; an intellectual giant.”

I want to introduce readers to another “giant”. This giant hails from the herbal kingdom and is respected by most renown herbalists. Therefore, I believe it is fitting to dedicate this article to Mrs Noreen Hoyte and her family.

Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr is referred to in the herbal world as a giant. Its English names are rain tree, false powder, East Indian walnut, monkey pod or cow tamarind. This giant breathtaking silent doctor can be used to treat more than 20 medical disorders. It is reported as being very reliable and has a good reputation. It is used in different countries to treat the following:

• Venezuela – colds, headaches, intestinal ailments and diarrhoea

• Caribbean – laxative, alcoholic extract and sore throat

• Columbia – sedative

• Jamaica – blood pressure

• Pakistan – colds and intestinal ailments

• Philippines – eczema, skin pruritus, sore throat, colds and anaphylactic dermatitis.

The webpage tropical.

heferns,info/viewtropical.

php?id=Samanea+saman states, “An infusion of the leaves is used as a laxative. A decoction of the fresh material is used as a wash in the treatment of skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema and pruritus.”

Finally, no one can ever gain the reputation of being a giant unless they have put in the hard work. In essence, a giant cannot hide. Well done, Hoyte and long live Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr.

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.

RAIN TREE or false powder is used to treat more than 20 disorders. (Guest picture.)

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