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Ease balding, spike bad breath, clean the eye with Rosemary

BUCKSTON... ...& HUBER’S ALTERNATIVE

Thursday, April 01, 2010    

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Due to popular demand, we are reaching into our archives for the first issue of Buckston and Huber which was first published on October 26, 2006.

Rosemary, or if you prefer the official Latin name Rosmarinus officinalis, is an aromatic Mediterranean herb that was brought to Jamaica by Europeans in the 19th century.

It thrives in sandy soil and is found mainly in the hills of St Andrew, St Elizabeth and Manchester. The type grown in Jamaica is similar to that found in Spain and Morocco, and the quality and medicinal value just as good. In fact, the Jamaican variety is even more potent, according to the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

Its strong sedative value can send you into a coma if too much of it is used. So there's no need to use more than a small sprig or teaspoon of the dried herb to make a cup of tea, which is good for bad breath.

Rosemary is also good for upset stomach, loss of memory, insomnia and for persons who have had a stroke. It helps strengthen the eye and heart and relieves mental fatigue and menstrual cramps.

It can be processed to produce a decoction that is good for cleaning the eye and its oil is good against skin diseases, as well as for stopping balding and retaining the black colouring of the hair.

Buckston Harrison was well known for his work as a herbalist, especially in western Jamaica. He resided in Sheffield, Westmoreland up to his untimely passing on Monday.

Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary yields a very distinct flavour that is particulary pleasing on Irish potatoes. Feel free to try this recipe using other tubers.

Ingredients:

* olive oil

* dry or green Rosemary

* Irish potatoes

* a dash of salt, onion and

pepper to taste (optional)

Method: 1. Cover the bottom of a skillet with olive oil 2. Warm the olive oil 3. Sprinkle a small handful of Rosemary in the oil 4. Sauté the rosemary with the salt, onion and pepper

Add six-inch slices of potato to the skillet and cook for 10-15 minutes or till done.

Enjoy!

Thomas Huber is a Swiss national who is deeply involved in an ongoing effort to create Jamaica's next generation of exotic fruit trees.

Buckston and Huber's alternative is not intended to be a substitute for the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of disease. Send your questions and comments to thealternative@jamaicaobserver.com

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