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The Importance of Botanical Names

You wouldn’t dare call a friend or relative by any other name than their own. Unless it’s your day for being rude. Nor would you call your potato salad an apple salad. You’ll just confuse your guests. We usually call plants by their common names. … Read More...

Is it Safe to Use Comfrey?

I've received a flood of emails regarding my previous article about comfrey speeding up the healing of a fractured finger. Most people were concerned about the safety and legality of comfrey. So in this article I'll try and debunk some of these … Read More...

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Snake Flower – Bulbine frutescens

[Fam. Asphodelaceae] Other Names / Related Species Afrikaans: balsemkopieva, copaiba, geelkatstert, katstert English: cat’s tail, bum jelly plant, stalked bulbine, grass aloe Sotho: Khomo-ya-Ntsukammele, sehlare-sa-pekane, … Read More...

Making Herbal Bath Salts – A Crash Course

Spoil yourself with your own unique herbal bath salt blends made with natural ingredients and relaxing scents. Bath salts are the easiest natural skin care products the family herbalist can make and are often some of the most expensive items in … Read More...

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Do The 3-Day Herbal Detox Programme

Excerpt of an article that appeared in Essentials Magazine - October 2002 Herbal expert and grower, Di-Di Hoffman of Bouquet Garni, recommends following a gentle three-day herbal detox programme. 'Some people go to extremes with fasting, laxatives, … Read More...

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The Rooting Hormone Debate

Is it safe to use a rooting hormone when propagating medicinal herbs? As with anything else in life there are different points of view. As far as herbs are concerned the purists argue that applying a rooting hormone, irrespective of it being … Read More...

Choosing the Best Spot for Your Potted Herbs

The ideal spot for potted herbs receives ample sunlight, is near the kitchen, protected from cold winds and frost, and is close to a water source. Of all these the amount of sun that your herbs will receive is the most important as it will have the … Read More...

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