Monday, April 22, 2024

HEALING HERBS: Try the breadnut for better sex


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Mr Seeker: Can you tell me about any silent doctor in the Caribbean which research shows can assist sexual enhancement and diabetes?

Silent Doctor: This question may floor some people but I can tell you with absolute accuracy that the answer is breadnut or Artocarpus Camansi Blanco which can be found in St Joseph, St Thomas or St Andrew in Barbados.

Mr Seeker: A breadnut tree?

Silent Doctor: Yes, the breadnut tree.

Mr Seeker: Listen, you told us about grapes, mulberries and strawberries being nurtured in Barbados. Now you tell us about breadnut. Well, I am listening, tell me more.

Silent Doctor: Breadnut is reputed by many to contain aphrodisiac/sexual enhancement qualities. Breadnut has a positive history and is related to the mulberry and breadfruit family. The leaves and seeds are used for healing.

I was introduced to breadnut four years ago by a gentleman named Theodore who lives in St Andrew. Theodore even gave my mother and I some of the seeds and I immediately fell in love with them.

In fact, I was overjoyed to receive the seeds because an old lady told me that the seeds contain “sexual magic and stamina speed”. This sexual magic is needed by many people who daily complain about feeling like “dead horses”. 

Research shows that the seeds contain niacin/vitamin B3.

Dr Hendler (1990) posits that “niacin can stimulate sex drive, lower cholesterol, treat schizophrenia, relieve migraine headache, alleviate arthritis, reduce blood pressure, may be of benefit to diabetes and protects against and detoxifies pollutants, alcohol and narcotics”.

Research also revealed that breadnut is used in some cultures to lower the risk of heart disease, helps prevent anaemia, supports bowel regularity and can assist with thyroid health. It can also assist with some skin diseases, ulcers, wounds, fever, constipation, ear infections and asthma.

The young nuts can be served or cooked with brown rice and a variety of vegetables. Furthermore, the dried seeds can be roasted and in some countries they are sold in markets as a source of income for the village ladies. 

We must commence showing care towards the breadnut trees which are nearly extinct in Barbados. Commence gathering the seeds of the breadnut and in Barbadian terms, “these seeds can move the hands of the clock from six-thirty to six o’clock”.

Finally, “Waste not! Want not!” Find a breadnut tree and explore it for health, wealth, happiness and sexual prowess. Have an enjoyable week and don’t let anyone steal your joy.       

 Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via 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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