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Aloe Vera
Body and Mind

>There are nearly 200 species of this member of the Lily family, found in African deserts and the islands of Aruba and Barbados. Since ancient times Aloe, recognized as an analgesic, has been used to treat burns.


 
Ayurveda
Wendy Young

Translated as the ‘Science of Life’, Ayurveda teaches us a way of living with insight and balance that is in harmony with our individual nature and Mother nature. It is the medical system from India which includes aspects of philosophy, mythology, nutrition, massage, herbal therapy, yoga as well as spiritual teachings and practices.


 
Cape Aloe
Jean Franklin

 Cape Aloe

Aloe Vera gel is the juicy transparent substance extracted from the thick skinned leaves and is indigenous to Albertinia, W. Cape.

This soothing gel combined with Cucumber, Bulbinella, Horsetail, Comfrey and Menthol greatly reduces skin inflammations


 
Cayenne Pepper And Its Benefits
Desiree Campher

If there is one herb that is to be mastered in life it is the Cayenne pepper, as it is the most powerful herb of all. There is no other herb that increases the blood flow faster, effects faster physiological and metabolic changes in the body than cayenne pepper.


 
Cimicifuga Racemosa- Also Known As "black Cohosh"
Body and Mind

Cimicifuga racemosa is also known as Black Cohosh. Other common names include black root, bugbone, rattle weed, and snake root, among others. This herb first entered the medical community in 1844 when it was prescribed for rheumatism and nervous disorders. 


 
Coriander
Body and Mind

Coriander is a dainty annual plant that grows about 2 feet tall. It has finely divided leaves that are both strong-smelling and ill-tasting. Small white or purplish-tinged flowers appear in small, flat heads.Coriander is easily grown from seed sown in the garden in spring. This plant does well in any good garden soil. Thin plants 7 to 10 inches apart.


 
Dr Clarks Kidney Cleanse
Desiree Campher

The Kidney Cleanse is a herbal treatment based on age-old herbal wisdom and recommended extensively by Dr Clark as PART of the treatment for a variety of ailments. It is designed to clean the kidneys of kidney stones and crystals which may be harbouring parasites and toxins and hampering it’s ability to work effectively. When the kidneys become overburdened in this way a host of potential problems may result:


 
Ginkgo Biloba For Memory And Concentration
Jill R. Davies

Many people these days struggle with mental alertness, concentration and even memory retention. This article zooms in on the multiple ways that Ginkgo biloba may support brain function and prevent age-related memory loss.


 
Herbal Help For A Sharp Memory
Jill Davies

Maintaining a healthy brain and a good sharp memory is something we would all wish for. The herb Ginkgo has received much public attention in recent years in connection with its ability to promote better mental clarity and recall, particularly in age-related memory loss.


 
Herbal Parasite Cleanse For Adults, Children And Pets
Desiree Campher

In her book, The Cure for all diseases, Dr Clark makes many references to the role that parasites play in the generation of disease. She claims that because of the solvent exposure we have in the 21st century and more specifically in the past 50 years, we now have what she calls a “new generation of disease”. She calls this “fluke disease” and documents the correlation between the unprecedented migration and replication of flukes in the system with a number of “new diseases” notably cancer, AIDS, endometriosis, Lupus, Hodgkin’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Seizures, Migraines, Depression etc.


 
Immune Building And Flu And Cold Fighters
Desiree Campher

It is apparent that an article on flu/colds and Immune Boosters is appropriate at this time as we experience radical changes in our weather patterns. Not only do we get winter flu but also change of seasons and summer flu. Probably the worst part of this is that you are not quite sick enough to stay at home, but still feel very out of sorts. The headaches, blocked nose and inability to concentrate, fevers, congested chest and all over body aches and pains, creates energy of total misery.


 
Lavender Augustifolia - Also Known As English Lavender
Jean Franklin

Everyone knows about the soothing properties of Lavender but are you aware that it is the most versatile of all essential oils
According to a very old European tradition the first lavender plant grew in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eva took a twig of the smelling plant with them when they were driven away from the garden. In Medieval times, people carried lavender posies with them to also protect themselves against the plague and the street smells.


 
Rosemary Officinalis
Jean Franklin

Rosemary is a shrub that originated in the Mediterranean area and is now widely cultivated throughout temperate regions and is steeped with myth, magic and folk medicinal use! In Elizabethan times, wedding couples wore a sprig of Rosemary as a sign of fidelity and the guests were given bunches tied with coloured ribbon to symbolise love and faithfulness.


 
The Ingredients We Avoid And What We Use Instead
Down to Earth

Special care is taken to include only the purest, most potent plant actives in the Down to Earth ointment range. Plant actives that soothe, purify, heal and relieve pain. We also take special care to avoid ingredients that have shown to be potentially harmful. Why spoil a good thing, right? There are a large number of ingredients used in conventional skincare products that are suspect or known to be harmful. Companies have for decades and continue to use these ingredients because they are cheap and easy to come by - even though studies have shown some potential harmful side-effects in recent years. We highlight a few ingredients to avoid and tell you why.


 
The Role Of Essential Oils In Skincare
Marlize Nel

From freshening air to disinfecting your home and promoting weight loss, the list of uses for and benefits of essential oils are endless. They are particularly useful in skincare, delivering powerful medicinal benefits and beautiful natural scents. Find out which essential oils are repeatedly recommended for skincare and why we chose to use them in the Down to Earth ailment and skincare range.


 
The Role Of Pain And How Nature Provides Solutions
Down to Earth

There is no doubt that pain is unpleasant. It does however play an important role in our lives. We explain the reasons why we experience pain and take a look at what remedies Mother Nature has on offer.


 
The Wonderful Benefits Of Fennel
Desiree Campher

Fennel is well known in the culinary world for its anise-like flavour, but also has natural sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. It is renowned for its power to combat digestive discomforts. Fennel seed contains anethole, a compound that has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. The volatile oils in the seeds are known to increase the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach, which in turn promotes better digestion and nutrient absorption. It also acts as a mild laxative and has anti-oxidants that leap in to defend the body from free radical damage. The seed can be chewed to relieve heart burn and freshens the breath


 
Two Significant Reasons To Detox
Desire Campher

We know, at least instinctively, that we need to clean up our bodies and our lifestyles. Many of us feel we are not functioning at full potential or we have been diagnosed with something serious or debilitating.


 
Uva Ursi Benefits
Desiree Campher

Uva Ursi is known to support the kidney's ability to remove toxins and waste. It also fights infections and inflammations of the urinary tract. Uva Ursi is still the most popular herb in use today for relieving kidney and bladder infections, inflammation and kidney stones. The benefits of this product is diuretic, astringent and antiseptic properties, it reduces the accumulation of uric acid, high concentrations of which have been associated with conditions such as gout and kidney stones.


 
Welcome To The Alchemy Estoeric Shoppe
Brigitte Holmes

That is exactly the spirit of Alchemy Esoteric Shoppe and Wellness Centre. This is the place where like-minded individual gather and enchant their authentic spirit in a beautiful, safe and sacred space for healers, therapists teachers -an environment where they could make their dreams come true and a place where their heart-centred business could be nurtured and shared with other like-minded souls without having to worry about anything more than their mere being.


 
What Are The Benefits Of Neem Powder?
Desire Campher

Neem, a leafy tree also known as the "Indian Lilac" is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. More than 140 active compounds have been isolated from this tropical plant. The leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, gum, oil and bark all have health benefits. 


 
What Is Black Cumin And Why Is It So Powerful?
Desiree Campher

Black Cumin Seeds (Nigella Sativa) have been used for centuries in herbal remedies and has earned it high ranking to the ability it has to act as an Elixir for all illnesses. It has now come to the fore again in it powerful use in the treatment of cancer and HIV/Aids as well as effectiveness against bacteria , viruses, ulcers, diabetes, chronic inflammation and deadly parasites. It contains over 100 chemical compounds and more yet to be discovered.


 
What Is Lysine
Desiree Campher

Lysine is an amino acid found in the protein of foods such as beans, cheese, yogurt, meat, milk, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and other animal proteins. Proteins derived from grains such as wheat and corn tend to be low in lysine content. The bio-availability of lysine is reduced with food preparation methods, such as heating foods in the presence of a reducing sugar (i.e., fructose or glucose); heating foods in the presence of sucrose or yeast; and cooking in the absence of moisture at high temperatures. The average 70 kg human requires 800 to 3,000 mg of lysine daily.


 
What Is Msm
Desiree Campher

Biologically active sulphur is one of the most critical nutrients for our bodies to remain youthful and energetic.  As we age, along with a diet deficient in essential nutrients, our bodies become stiff, our cells become rigid, and our overall energy begins to rapidly decelerate.

MSM is an organic sulphur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle.  Sulphur is present in many natural unprocessed foods, but it’s quickly lost during the cooking process.  MSM is gaining a lot of attention due to the recent focus on longevity and anti-aging technologies.


 
Xylitol A Bitter Truth
Daniel Jardim

Is xylitol as natural or healthy as the manufacturers would like us to believe, or are we being duped by clever marketing into eating yet more highly-processed junk?

A sweet story (or maybe not)…