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The Magic of Glycerites…Of What?…

Glycerine is used to make an herbal extract (called a glycerite) instead of alcohol (called a tincture). This is a popular alternative for children’s tinctures and for people who don’t like alcohol. People with stomach or duodenal ulcers are also advised to avoid alcohol, and so glycerites would be more beneficial. Some interesting information: Glycerine … Continue reading The Magic of Glycerites…Of What?…

Chronic Inflammation…Causing Chronic Conditions…Some Helpful Hints…

Inflammation is a localised physical condition which is often a reaction to injury. This is called acute inflammation and helps our bodies to heal by drawing more blood to these areas. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is when there has been long term inflammation. Many things can cause this, as we shall see. Chronic … Continue reading Chronic Inflammation…Causing Chronic Conditions…Some Helpful Hints…

A compression fracture…to a collapsed vertebra…to surgery…to myeloma…to a journey of holistic healing practices

It has been far too long since I last wrote a blog for Essential Herbal Products. 5 months to be exact. When I noticed this, I realised how my health has kept me wrapped up in a world of learning to live within the new boundaries imposed by my body. Let me explain... I was … Continue reading A compression fracture…to a collapsed vertebra…to surgery…to myeloma…to a journey of holistic healing practices

Why Heritage Seeds Before GMO Seeds?…My Personal Opinion…With A Bit of Science Thrown In…

How do we know if what we are eating is genetically modified or not? We don’t. We have to rely on the supplier being honest enough to tell us. GM seeds have been mixed with organisms like bacteria , viruses, animal by-products etc. There are two main categories, at the moment, for doing this. Seeds … Continue reading Why Heritage Seeds Before GMO Seeds?…My Personal Opinion…With A Bit of Science Thrown In…

The Hypothalamus…Things I learnt about it while recuperating…

Something I did know was that the hypothalamus is in the brain. I did Biology at school, but there's things I remembered and things I conveniently forgot. Something I remember in painful detail: OSMOSIS. Why? Because it was repeated for three years in a row. Things that weren't dealt within as much detail was the … Continue reading The Hypothalamus…Things I learnt about it while recuperating…

Gut Health…Why is this spoken about about so often?…How do I keep my Gut healthy? (Part 1)

Gut health: This phrase is one we hear with more and more frequency as our lives become a blur of fast foods, high stress and little sleep. What defines a healthy gut? 1. Effective digestion and absorption of food.This includes Normal nutritional status and effective absorption of food, water and minerals and regular bowel movement, … Continue reading Gut Health…Why is this spoken about about so often?…How do I keep my Gut healthy? (Part 1)

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…