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HEALING HERBS: Honeydew bursting with nutrition

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Honeydew bursting with nutrition

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LAST WEEK I was tossing and turning in my sleep. I was actually dreaming and at one time I did not want to awake from that space because the dream was very groovy.

In the distance lying in the middle of the garden I saw a sweet juicy fruit and my mouth began watering. I began reaching for the fruit because I wanted to eat it and on consuming it I wanted more. As I continued to consume the fruit the juice stimulated my inner being. I was feeling invigorated and I felt a sudden tickle and I awoke. It was a honeydew melon which was all over my head.

This particular type of melon is often one of the key ingredients in a fruit salad. It is indeed a very delicious juicy fruit and possesses many health benefits. 

I am sure that farmers in Barbados have fields of honeydew melons planted. They should make these melons available to the public because we are truly on a healing journey. Silent doctor honeydew melon is loaded with good nutrients which are required for good health.  

Research on the website indicates that “being a natural diuretic, honeydew melon juice fights against water retention as it effectively flushes out salt and toxins from the body which is one of the causes of water retention”. They further advised that diabetic patients can avoid fluid retention by taking honeydew melon juice daily. 

Other health benefits of honeydew melons include:

• reducing bad cholesterol.

• helping to prevent oral, colon, lung and breast cancer.

• eliminating stomach and gastro-intestinal issues.

• lowering the risk of heart attacks and heart disease.

• speeding up muscle healing

• regulating blood sugar

• assisting with easing constipation.

• improving skin conditions.

On the website honeydew melon is shown as “a food for people who want to lose weight and for those who want to improve their health because it is low in sodium, fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in calories. One cup of honeydew contains 60 calories”.

Finally, fresh fruit juices with honeydew melon are hits for healing. You can make the following: Honeydew Delight – two cups of chopped honeydew melon (seeds removed), 1/2 tsp angostura bitters and 1 1/2 cups of water. Blend for three minutes. 

Crop Over Honeydew Booster – 1 cup diced honeydew melon, a pinch of nutmeg, 1/2 cup diced watermelon, 1/2 a guava and 1/2 cup sliced five finger fruit. Combine ingredients and serve sprinkled with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

 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.