Fire element, endocrine system and your health.
Swirling, thick mist was what I drove in for my course on Saturday. It gave the winter day a cold and eerie start, but the topic to be studied was warm – the herbal remedies for the fire element, including the triple warmer and endocrine system. The fire system includes the heart, pericardium (the sack around the heart) and the small intestine.
As usual we were greeted with freshly brewed coffee, gluten free bread, scones and sweet yummy treats. I love my courses!
Borage is one of the herbs used for the adrenal glands. It soothes them which is good in stressful situations to calm the release of excessive adrenalin. It has a cucumbery taste and grows easily, attracting bees to the garden. It can be added to soup and in smaller amounts to salads or cooked with other green veggies like spinach.
The Pepper Bark Tree or Warburgia Salutaris is excellent for the pituitary gland, blood sugar and thus cravings. The Africans burn it for protection. It is used for AIDS and other immune deficiency diseases. I have started taking it as it tested (muscle testing) very well for my pituitary gland. I have had Sheehan`s Syndrome for 21 years now which is damage of the pituitary gland due to massive blood loss during childbirth. I am, however, determined to “fix” it and get my hormones and thyroid functioning properly again. This I bought in a capsule. It is apparently so strong that you can`t take it any other way. This tree is an endangered species due to people harvesting the bark indiscriminately. The Kruger Park grows them from cuttings to try and prevent them from becoming extinct, so perhaps if you are in the vicinity of the Kruger Park again you can see if you can purchase one and grow it. It is a good luck plant that brings prosperity if you talk nicely to it! I think I must try and get one and see if it will grow in Benoni. You never know…
This is a powerful and magical tree and must not be confused with normal parsley. This tree helps with heart palpitations, the brain and nervous disorders, amongst other things. It keeps bacteria and fungus at bay too.
The Wild Pear is a smallish indigenous tree that is covered in flowers every season. It is another protective plant that will bring good luck and protection. Talk to your plants – it is not merely an old-wives` tale that they respond. The full name is the Dombeya Rotundifolia and this tree helps with the pituitary gland, is reputed to help with infertility and menstrual problems but can apparently cause abortion during pregnancy. It boosts the immune system when used as a tonic.
This, believe it or not, is a liquorice plant. The root of it is harvested. It works on the lungs, heart, spleen and stomach. It reduces inflammation and helps the adrenal glands to produce hormones. Liquorice is traditionally used to soothe and nourish, is great for stomach ulcers and burnt on charcoal, helps where you need to influence or convince people. The root can be chewed or added to cooking. Other herbs and spices of similar flavour include anise, star anise, tarragon, and fennel, but do not have the same properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, liquorice is commonly used in herbal medicines to “harmonize” the other ingredients in the formula and to carry the formula to the twelve “regular meridians”. It is also used for a spasmodic cough. The root is boiled and the extract used to make candy as well, although some of them have so many additives that they cannot be considered healthy at all.
Saffron is a very expensive herb. It can be added to rice. It is another herb used for the pituitary gland and is said to work for rheumatism and gout as well. It is apparently quite affordable at some of our local Chinese markets, but is known to be more expensive than gold. The word “saffron” is derived from the Arab word “zafaran”, meaning yellow. It was mentioned as far back as 1500 b.c. in many classical writings. This herb must be used in small amounts only.
Cayenne pepper still remains one of the best spices to be used for the heart. Cayenne pepper is not actually related to the pepper that we know. It is the dried small, thin, red, hot chilli peppers that belong to the same family as sweet peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and other types of chillies, that have been ground to a powder. It is one of the components of Tabasco sauce and ginger ale. Ginger ale was given to me by my dad when I was young for fevers, and now I know why; contrary to what one would think it lowers the internal temperature of the body and helps people cope in very hot countries. This is amazing. I would never have thought that! Cayenne pepper goes very well with anything with cheese in and adds colour to the top of oven bakes with cheese on as well as cheese scones. You can add it to cooking – meat and stews – instead of pepper for an immune-boosting and stroke-preventing healthy alternative. Apparently there is a diet that Beyonce goes on that involves a lemonade drink with cayenne pepper to burn calories. Ten days of liquids only – no thanks!
Well, this concludes a series of 5 herbal blogs that I have written. If you enjoyed this one – look in the archives on the right of this page for the others.
Enjoy some healthy and tasty new cooking habits.