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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?…

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…

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”…

Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(3)

Pure Essential Oils, Natural oils and Parfums  In the first of this Trilogy of the Nose Knows Things, we looked at the benefits of inhaling pure essential oils. In the second we spoke of the various ways in which we can diffuse oils in order to release their healing scent. In this, the third blog, … Continue reading Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(3)

Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(1)

Pure Therapeutic grade essential oils have various properties such as: antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial. They have an effect on our body and mind. These oils have the ability to enter the blood stream in two ways: Through massage and through inhalation. For massage, we need an aromatherapist to blend the perfect mix of oils together for … Continue reading Our Nose Knows Things…Smelling Our Way to Well-Being…(1)

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!