Wednesday, April 24, 2024

HEALING HERBS: A fruit that stirs passion


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In the spirit, I readan article in the SUNDAY SUN of March 1 titled Woman Found, But Mystery Abounds.

I curiously read: “Family members of 49-year-old Karen Valdez Harris were tight-lipped last night about what happened to the mother of two teen girls but were very happy that she was safe and sound.”

I then discovered that the Barbados Defence Force, CrimeStoppers, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Rapid Response Unit, the police force’s Special Services Unit, canine tracker dogs, the Red Cross, people on horseback, Roving Response teams, cars, motorcycles and drones were used in the search to locate Mrs Harris.

Boy, I was impressed and immediately made a connection between rescue teams, herbal plants and the ordeal of Mrs Harris.

Recently, an intense fascination has developed in Barbados with an Asian silent doctor named rambutan. I was reliably informed that the diabetics who consume it are happy. It was even said that “it gives you a good passionate feeling”.

When I tried to document the feeling I was told: “But Annette, you have to feel it yourself. It is a sweet feeling that I cannot explain.”

I often imagine what that really means. 

Gosh! I want to explore that feeling so I want my search party to be equipped with the latest technology, including drones, and the unsung herbalist in every community in the Caribbean.

I would appreciate it if readers could assist me in locating silent doctor rambutan. The first person who drew it to my attention was Rosalind from Workmans, St George. I have since searched every nook and cranny but have not located it.

Silent doctor rambutan is not native to the Caribbean. The fruit is a round to oval single-seeded berry and is about seven centimetres in diameter. It has spiky hair on the skin and the inner flesh is a translucent, very pale pink with a mildly acidic flavour. It has a small brown seed.

Rambutan is noted as a healer. Research shows that it can treat diabetes, hypertension, headaches and increase body energy. It can prevent bloating and protects the body against damage from free radicals. It removes waste from the kidneys and helps with weight reduction. 

Research also indicates that it can kill intestinal parasites and fight against infections and cancers. It can protect the body from oxidative damage and is also good for treating anaemia and other health challenges.

I continue to plead with the public to assist me in finding rambutan, not only for its established health benefits, but also to experience that “passionate” feeling for myself.

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