HEALING HERBS: Hope for the retrenched


Sixteen years ago when I got married, I truly enjoyed repeating after the priest the line which said “till death do us part”.
?After that process, we signed the book and I was extremely overjoyed because the contract was sealed. He was officially mine as I was joined to him. Yes, the man whom I still adore, my husband.
My marriage is a stark contrast to those 3 000 workers who are being retrenched. Unhappiness, being burdened with uncertainty through temporary contracts, and anger are some of the words that can describe those workers’ feelings and emotions. In essence, the marriage between them and their sweethearts (jobs) lacked commitment and longevity.
As I wrote the word longevity, all types of silent doctors floated through my mind. Today, I will offer those numerous retrenched workers some hope for a better tomorrow. I will offer them a marriage of creativity and economic power.
In particular, I implore them to stop looking at themselves as retrenched and start their journey to glory. Man will fail but the Creator is waiting to unfold many creative gifts.
They must stop crying and face the new resurrection filled with gifts and silent doctors.
The first step to prosperity is showing an appreciation for the many silent doctors being grown in Barbados.
Collectively, we must realise that we must curtail looking at silent doctors as wild plants of Barbados and obeah bushes and instead see them as the works of the Creator as written in Genesis 1:29.
Secondly, focus on silent doctors as innovative, packaged, branded economic power. Let us look at some of the new healthy, healing creations which can be economically empowering coupled with requisite marketing skills.
• Samosas stuffed with spicy peppered breadfruit and spinach.
• Tamarind balls infused in honey and nutmeg. No brown sugar or salt.
• Original pepper sauce with dried ginger and grated lemon zest.
• Coating crumbs: dried breadfruit and golden apple flour.
• Health oil with dried garlic, dill, rosemary and cayenne pepper.
• ‘Bajan’ wholewheat dumplings seasoned with dill, hot peppers and thyme.
• Bottled fresh pomegranate seeds infused in nutmeg and honey.
• Herbal shampoo with cochineal, biblical basil, neem and moringa.
• Health bread made with linseed instead of eggs.
• Spiced okra cou-cou with flying fish.
• Old-time ice blocks made with puree paw-paw and lime juice.
• Health pack snack: Dried five fingers, gooseberries and golden apple with mixed nuts.
Finally, storms don’t last forever, so see these ideas as divine blessings in disguise.
?• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via silentdoctors@gmail.com 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.


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