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It’s just a room spray…It doesn’t matter if it has synthetic scents in it…What harm can it do?

Synthetic scents or “fragrances” represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.), allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals (Neurotoxicity is toxicity in the nervous system. It occurs when exposure to natural or artificial toxic substances, which are called neurotoxins, alters the normal activity of the … Continue reading It’s just a room spray…It doesn’t matter if it has synthetic scents in it…What harm can it do?

A Little Bit of Self-love and Self-care…Supports Our Body, Mind and Spirit…

February, the month of focussing on Love: Love between, Love amongst and Love within. Some say that it is all too commercialised and sugar coated. There is definitely truth in that... Others say that it puts so much pressure on couples and if expectations are not met, it can cause a lot of pain. Yes, … Continue reading A Little Bit of Self-love and Self-care…Supports Our Body, Mind and Spirit…

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…

So What’s all this fuss about Organic…The Green Revolution…(Part 2)

Forgive me for taking so long to get back to this blog. Sometimes life comes at us from all angles and throws us off course. But not for long... So, back to organic and why we take it so seriously... Carl Bosch (1874-1940), a German chemical engineer helped to design a synthetic fertiliser. The ujse … Continue reading So What’s all this fuss about Organic…The Green Revolution…(Part 2)

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)

Why first aid and CPR in a blog about herbs and oils?

A while ago, Christine and I were at a market chatting with customers when a fire broke out at one of the stalls. All I saw were the flames and immediately presumed that a person was on fire. I froze...could not move, except to put my hands up at my face in a very bad … Continue reading Why first aid and CPR in a blog about herbs and oils?

Helping to keep our bones strong through…Food, Herbs and Exercise…

As a woman in my menopausal years, I am very interested in keeping my bones as healthy as possible in the most natural way possible. In many of the books I have read, one thing that has been of prime importance is to note that minerals are vital for bone health. Bones are made up … Continue reading Helping to keep our bones strong through…Food, Herbs and Exercise…