Fresh Herbs Are Best

Can I share a secret with you? If you only learn one thing from this Grow Your Own Herbs Tutorial learn this: FRESH is BEST. The difference between fresh and dried herbs is as profound as the difference between summer and winter. One is full of sparkle, warmth and life, while the other is dull, cold […]

Herbs to Boost Your Metabolism

When you are young, your metabolism is naturally high, but as you get older that just isn’t the case anymore. Do you remember the days when you could eat anything that you wanted, whenever you wanted, and never seemed to gain a pound? Those days were great, and long gone. There is hope though. Your […]

South African Vegetable Sowing Guide – July

July is a busy month in the ornamental garden and the food garden. It is time for pruning roses, fruit trees, vines and perennial herbs. It also time for sowing the first spring vegetables and herbs. In the summer rainfall areas, feed and water all winter vegetables at least once a week. Table Notes: Column […]

South African Vegetable Sowing Guide – June

In most parts of the South Africa this is a very quiet month in the food garden. Especially as far as sowing is concerned. Regular frosts can be expected in some parts of the country during June. Keep your frost covers handy and cover your tender crops. Water the garden in the morning so that […]

South African Vegetable Sowing Guide – May

May is traditionally the first month of winter and time to think of winter protection where heavy frosts are experienced. In the summer rainfall areas May also marks the end of the rain season and this means that watering becomes a critical element of the weekly growing activities. Table Notes: Column 1 – Common Name Column […]

The 5-Day Healthy Eating Plan

Your skin – how it looks, feels and behaves – is a good indicator of your total wellbeing. The 5-Day Healthy Eating Plan, also known as the 5-Day Facelift Diet, can trigger a major turnaround in how your skin looks, feels and behaves. What’s more, it can enhance your overall health and beauty and begin […]

Grow Your Own Herbs – Tutorial

Herbs are some of the easiest, most grateful plants to grow. If you follow the basic guidelines in this tutorial about starting your own herb- or potted herb garden, you’ll be richly rewarded with their flavours and aromas. For starters – the rewards of growing herbs are far greater than with other plants. Other plants in the […]

The Essential Guide to Seasoning With Herbs and Spices

If you’ve ever wondered what’s the best way to prepare herbs and spices, and what goes with what you’ll be delighted with this publication. With more than 1 300 fabulous flavour combinations it will soon become your favourite guide to culinary creativity. Highlights include: 3 Aromatic Cheat Sheets 33 Holy Grail Pairings 527 Classic Flavour […]

South African Vegetable Sowing Guide – August

For an explanation of the sowing table columns see the sowing table notes.

The Stop Your Cold Diet

“Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food.” – Hippocrates The above age old advice from Hippocrates, the father of medicine, still holds true today. Contemporary nutritional therapists believe that most states of ill-health, barring accidents and trauma, can be treated effectively with diet. In the case of the common cold they suggest a […]

14 General Recommendations to Stop Your Cold

Since there is no quick cure for the common cold, the best approach is prevention. You can, in a sense, catch a cold from yourself. When your immune system weakens from factors such as stress and/or poor diet, viruses can take hold. Once a cold has a firm grip on you it is hard to stop. […]

How to Prevent the Common Cold

Maintaining a healthy immune system is the best protection against the common cold. If you have a history of recurrent colds every year it may be indicative of a weakened immune system Basically you can experience 3 types of immune failure. Infections The first is infection, and for many of us, this is the most […]

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 natural or artificial, is contrary to what we are trying to achieve. It’s like eating […]

Common Cold Causes – Two Conflicting Views

When you know what causes your common cold it becomes relatively easy to treat it effectively. But there are conflicting points of view. In this post we examine the causes of your cold from the perspective of your MD and from the perspective of the herbalist or traditional healer. How you prevent and treat your […]

Are You Sure That’s a Cold You Have?

Your cold symptoms usually begin two to three days after you’ve acquired the infection. The common cold is one of the simplest maladies with which man suffers. It is also one of the most common of his affections. It has been one of his most frequent difficulties throughout recorded history. Yet only within the last few […]