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Blacks and Health: The Natural Way to Heal #13

Turmeric

I come from the land of curry. Curry chicken, curry goat, roti…you name it, islanders love curry. This  plant is actually a member of the ginger family and has such intense anti-inflammatory properties, it rivals cayenne pepper!

The active ingredient in this life-saving plant is “curcumin” and it gives off a slightly mustard-y smell. Did you know that North Africans used this spice to dye clothing? The brightly coloured gowns they wore were tinted with this plant.

I remember growing up with the delicious scent of curry wafting through our house as my mom prepared dish after dish of curry-laden meals. Not only is turmeric an excellent additive to boost the flavour of foods, but its medicinal properties are stellar.

Turmeric:

Fights cancer, like garlic

Fights infections, like peppermint (don’t get me started on peppermint)

Kills acne-causing bacteria, like Tea Tree Oil

Helps with digestion, like ginger

Lowers bad cholesterol, like garlic and vinegar

Helps with joint pain, like cayenne pepper

Every black household should have turmeric stashed away for medical emergencies. Please use the power of Mother Nature to heal yourselves and reverse disease. When, not if, but when the pharmacies close their doors, you’ll need alternative medicines to survive. 
Next article: Oregano

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Blacks and Health: The Natural Way to Heal #9

Cloves

Is there anyone who doesn’t like the scent of dried cloves? Indigenous to Africa, the spicy, sweet buds have been used for hundreds of years as a nutritional spice for food, a preservative for meats and a remedy for a variety of health concerns.

For over 2,000 years, both Indian and Chinese traditional medicine have adopted our extensive use of clove flowers and clove essential oils. Arabic traders brought the buds to Europe in 4th century A.D., and in the seventh century, Europeans adopted our traditional medicines and cloves became wildly popular.

Cloves are high in many minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, potassium and vitamins C , K and A. They are also extremely rich in manganese and dietary fiber. The main chemical component responsible for clove’s powerful analgesic, anaesthetic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, as well as its distinctive aromatic smell, is a substance called eugenol. Did you know that our ancestors used this essential oil for easing pain during surgical and dental procedures?

What are some of the things Cloves aid/ fight: 

Indigestion

Stress

Parasitic infections

An aphrodisiac for low sex drive

Toothaches

Headaches, when made into a tea

Cleans your blood

Bad breath

Acne

Dandruff

Cancer prevention, when made into a tea

Anxiety

Insomnia

Depression

Jah gave us the world’s first antiseptic with this aromatic bud! Please drink up to purify your body from the toxins of today’s cancer-laden foods.

Next article: Dill

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