Thursday, April 18, 2024

HEALING HERBS: Cordyline no black magic


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“BLACK MAGIC! Casting love magic! Some kinda obeah in that plant.”

This was the communication I received from a reader who overheard someone reacting to last week’s article titled The Gift of Cordyline. 

I remain puzzled as to how a plant associated with the Garden of Eden, the flaming sword and being a good luck plant could be associated with obeah. I then sought inner guidance to address this issue and what splashed across my consciousness is integrity. defined integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character and honesty”. Nature has integrity and its companions are equally endowed. However, as I age and gain more wisdom, I have recognised that humans who have flawed their own integrity or believe they are perfect, always develop scenarios to cast aspersions on the characters of those they despise or grudge. They seem to gain happiness or acceptance from this negative practice.

One or two of these persons are always present in the workplace and in some communities. I have encountered a supervisor who has flawed her own integrity and then continually scandals the name of another employee because of bitterness. If we want to save ourselves from these delusional character assassinators, always tell them this: “He who has impeccable integrity, cast the first stone.” Then stare at them while reminding them of their own shortcomings. They will retreat. Watch boldly at how they will flee with shameful haste.

Successfully, we will continue to grow spiritually as we continue on this journey on earth.

Now let’s us continue this article as promised. Research shows that cordyline is used in the following countries to treat these challenges and as a culinary assistant:

Java, Indonesia – diarrhoea and dysentery.

New Guinea – colds, coughs, filariasis, baldness and whooping cough.

Hawaii – as a heat pack, for fever, asthma, chest congestion and baldness.

Lombok, Indonesia – diarrhoea and fish stings.

Samoa – elephantiasis, gout and scrotal swelling.

Hawaii – leaves are used as food wrappers, preserving breadfruit, lining pans for baking fish and various seafoods.

Research shows that cordyline is considered as an aphrodisiac, depurative, analgesic, laxative, purgative, antiseptic, diuretic, blood refrigerant and febrifuge.

Finally, try locating and planting this ancient sacred plant. Many persons in Barbados have it blooming in their gardens. I encourage you to develop a relationship with the plant because in times to come we would truly recognise what Jesus meant when He said: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you” – John 14:2 (KJV)

• 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 direccton of your health care provider.


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