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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?…

3 easy ways to pay…loyalty points and more…

Zapper There is no longer going to be a cash machine at the Shongweni farmers Market. The good news however is that there is now going to be free wifi provided by the Shongweni market. This is really good news because it means that those of you who have Zapper will easily be able to … Continue reading 3 easy ways to pay…loyalty points and more…

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…

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)

Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(2)

There are various methods of inhaling essential oils. This will be discussed in today’s blog. Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods exist for diffusing essential oils into a room. Diffusing … Continue reading Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(2)

And we have a winner! A very happy winner!

As those who follow our blog will know, we were celebrating our 6th birthday in the month of March with everyone who bought products to the value of R100 or more being added to the birthday gift box. On Saturday, 2nd April, we had our draw at 10am at Shongweni Farmers Market. Bev of Bev-Anne … Continue reading And we have a winner! A very happy winner!

Camphor, white Pure Essential Oil…What can it do for me?

Camphor, white pure essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora Lauraceae) Autumn has come! Here is sunny Durban that means a welcome relief from the humid heat of summer. It also means that as the season changes, some people are prone to colds and flu and it is with this in mind that our focus turns to various … Continue reading Camphor, white Pure Essential Oil…What can it do for me?