0844590072 or 0834098309 sales@essentialherbs.co.za Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm in Durban North or Pinetown; Saturday: 6.30-11.30am at Shongweni Farmers Market Stall H11; Sunday and Public holidays: Closed

Bio-dynamic Farming…An Integrative Method of Organic Farming…

Bio-dynamic agriculture is an approach to sustainable organic farming. It was inspired by Rudolph Steiner's philosophy of Anthroposophy.Bio-dynamic agriculture respects the fact that the whole universe: The earth, and the surrounding cosmic space with all its heavenly bodies form one indivisible whole and should be managed a such. For more interesting information on this form … Continue reading Bio-dynamic Farming…An Integrative Method of Organic Farming…

Permaculture in South Africa…

See how these schools and teachers are teaching their learners the organic way... As firm believers in growing herbs and all food along organic principals, Christine and Sue are interested in how this is being implemented in South and Southern Africa. A well known way of farming organically in Southern Africa is permaculture. The first … Continue reading Permaculture in South Africa…

Organic agriculture in South Africa and It’s Pioneers…Part 4 of “What’s all the fuss about organic”…

Organic farming in South Africa has its roots in the Indigenous knowledge of all the tribes of the sub-continent. One of the first, most widely known pioneers was the late Robert Mazibuko (1904-1994). While training to become a teacher, he was introduced to organic farming at St. Francis teachers College at Marianhill Monastery. Later he … Continue reading Organic agriculture in South Africa and It’s Pioneers…Part 4 of “What’s all the fuss about organic”…

Pioneers of the Organic Movement in the East and West…Part 3 of… So What’s all this Fuss About Organic…

Organic agriculture is not some "new-fangled hippy idea". According to written records, Chinese scientists have been classifying soils according to colour, structure and other characteristics since the Ming Dynasty (4000BC). Instructions were given on how best to cultivate the soil. Through all the generations this knowledge has never been lost and today, in rural areas … Continue reading Pioneers of the Organic Movement in the East and West…Part 3 of… So What’s all this Fuss About Organic…

Why all this fuss about organic?…What does it really mean?… (Part 1)

“Gardening according to ‘organic’ principles focuses on caring for the soil at all times.” (Irmela Reichardt) The more natural the manners in which plants have been grown, the more ‘organic’ the vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits are that we harvest. Up until the 1940’s, gardeners and farmers were organic by default. Soil fertility was maintained by … Continue reading Why all this fuss about organic?…What does it really mean?… (Part 1)

Rue…Ruta Graveolens…a herb to use with caution…

Rue is also known as: Jackman’s Blue; Bashoush; German Rue; Herb of Grace; Herbygrass; Hreow; Mother of the Herbs; Rewe; Ruta; Ave-grace This plant has an impressive history. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo both claimed that, owing to Rue’s metaphysical powers, their eyesight and creative inner vision had been improved. Branches of rue were used … Continue reading Rue…Ruta Graveolens…a herb to use with caution…

How healthy is our planet?…How healthy is my body?…

Part of our mission statement at Essential Herbal Products is: To make the uses and advantages of natural products available to others. Another part of it is: To reduce our personal carbon footprint. Here is a video which Pedram Shojai and his team have made available for free for a limited time. It is called … Continue reading How healthy is our planet?…How healthy is my body?…

Are you in need of an energy boost?… Do you wake up tired?…

Here is a recipe for a green smoothie. The video is advertising a certain blender, but my dear old faithful does a good job. I have written out the recipe below if you don't have time to view the video. http://youtu.be/nIAtOiNTDnw Green Smoothie for energy (It says for anti-aging as well, but we're not doctor's … Continue reading Are you in need of an energy boost?… Do you wake up tired?…

Is a healthier lifestyle one of your New Years Resolutions?… Try this fantastic, simple dish…

Adding more raw, organic food to our diet can be very beneficial. We add much needed minerals and vitamins to our bodies. This You Tube video shows a simple pasta marinara recipe using marrow (zucchini) for the pasta and a mixture of tomato and bell peppers for the sauce. Enjoy, and have a healthy, happy … Continue reading Is a healthier lifestyle one of your New Years Resolutions?… Try this fantastic, simple dish…

We would love to meet you. Come and visit us at Shongweni Farmers Market and enjoy everything else that is on offer too…

The market begins at 6am every Saturday and ends at 10.30am. You can also diarise Friday 16 December, 9am-4pm (Christmas market). Watch this short clip to see what else is on offer. A great alternative to the packed, tiring malls. http://youtu.be/-2KSDp4HF-s