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Herbs

Aloe Ferox

Aloe ferox

Areas of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Aloe ferox is a type of succulent species from the aloe family. It is easily identified by the its thick, fleshy leaves with serrated edges. Due to the harsh climate of its native areas, Aloes are capable of growing in a variety of climates and conditions and are a popular indoor, ornamental potted plant. Aloe cultivation is extremely popular due to its numerous uses in traditional medicines, the food and drink industry, cosmetics, perfumes and medical industry.

Medical Benefits

Aloe ferox produces a thick, gooey liquid which has numerous antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant properties, vitamins and minerals. Studies conducted on the properties of Aloe vera have found that the properties of the liquid may provide Aloe with the following medical benefits:

  • Accelerated wound healing properties.

  • Promoting oral health and hygiene.

  • Blood sugar balancing properties.

  • Treatment for constipation.

 

Buchu

Agathosma betulina

Country of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Buchu, a part of the Rutaceae (Citrus) family, is a small multi stemmed shrub with pink and white star shaped leaves and a strong sweet-peppermint smell. Found in the Western Cape in South Africa, it grows in low-nutrient soils of valleys. To survive these conditions, the plants form a symbiotic relationship with a fungi (Arbuscular Mychorrizae). Buchu produces essential oils and can be used in health products, dietary supplements, teas, tablets, creams gels, food flavour enhancers and perfumes.

Medical Benefits

Buchu has been used by the Koi-San people for centuries as a medicine and can be used to treat a variety of ailments, due to its potential medical benefits which may include:

  • Treating colds, flu and chest complaints.

  • Treating digestive disturbances, kidney and renal disorders, diuretic and urinary tract diseases.

  • Reducing high blood pressure and arthritis.

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

Areas of origin: Eruope, Asia, North America

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Dandelions are a small flowering herb native to Eurasia and North America, now found worldwide. Dandelions are characterised by their vibrant colour when flowering and their method of seed distribution, they are also one of the most important sources of nectar for a variety of pollinators in early spring. Dandelions have a variety of uses in the tea, culinary, cosmetic and medical industries.

Medical Benefits

Dandelions are used in both traditional and modern medicines for the various nutrients and vitamins which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Reducing inflammation.

  • Balancing blood sugar levels.

  • Reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • Promoting a healthy liver.

 
 

Green Rooibos

Asphalatus linearis

Country of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Green Rooibos comes from the Asphalatus linearis (Rooibos) plant, native to South Africa. Green Rooibos is made by quickly drying the leaves picked from the rooibos plant, to prevent the oxidisation and fermentation process which produces Rooibos tea. The unoxidised Green Rooibos leaves have a higher antioxidant level, and is used in perfumes, skin care creams, food flavouring and tea.

Medical Benefits

Due to its higher antioxidant level, Green Rooibos is widely regarded as a miracle tea as it may have numerous health benefits which may including:

  • Decreasing risk of heart attacks.

  • Improving blood circulation.

  • Reducing the risk of strokes.

  • Green Rooibos has also been shown to kill certain cancer cells and prevent tumour growth.

 

Honeybush

Cyclopia intermedia ; Cyclopia longifolia ; Cyclopia subternata

Area of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

The Cyclopia species, a distant cousin of Rooibos, is a yellow flowered shrub with a distinct sweet honey-like aroma used to make honeybush tea. It is native to the fynbos regions of the Western and Eastern Capes and has been produced since the 1700s. With an increasing demand for its production, the South African Honeybush Tea Association was founded to establish quality control, conservation, production, processing and marketing standards. Honeybush is used in cosmetics, the food industry and in traditional medicine due to it high amount of polphenol compounds, its low amount of tannins and lack of caffeine.

Medical Benefits

Honeybush has a variety of healthy organic compounds and has been used in traditional medicine for its numerous potential health benefits which may include:

  • anti-mutagenic, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.

  • Skin soothing properties and acne reduction.

  • Improved blood circulation and reducing the risk of diabetes.

 

Hoodia

Hoodia gordonii

Area of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Hoodia is a spiny, succulent native to Southern Africa, where it is a popular ingredient in the traditional medicines of the San people. The species gained international recognition when a marketing campaign claimed it had appetite suppressing and weight loss supporting properties. The resulting demand for hoodia has caused its near extinction and strict regulation on the production and trading of wild hoodia is firmly in place today. Hoodia is cultivated under these regulations for use in traditional medicine, food, drinks and cosmetics.

Medical Benefits

Hoodia is famously associated with aiding weight loss and suppressing appetites. It is currently undergoing numerous trials, tests and studies to determine its medical benefits which may include:

  • Reducing abdominal cramps.

  • Reducing indigestion.

  • Balancing blood sugar levels.

  • Treatment for haemorrhoids.

 

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Areas of origin: Turkey and Egypt

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Melissa officinalis, commonly known as Lemon Balm, is a white flowered, lemon scented herb from the same family as mint. Lemon Balm is estimated to have been cultivated since the 16th century for its use it traditional and alternative medicines. Lemon Balm is still grown today for use in traditional medicines, and is also used in the food, cosmetic and perfume industries. It is also commonly used in the production of honey, as the distinct smell of the plant attracts bees and can sweeten the honey.

Medical Benefits

Lemon grass has been used in traditional and alternative medicines since its cultivation, and is attributed with potentially having the following medicinal benefits:

  • Reducing anxiety and stress and insomnia.

  • Reduce menstrual cramps, nausea, and indigestion.

  • It is also used in aromatherapy to improve cognition function and moods.

 

Lemongrass

Cymbopagum citratus

Areas of origin: Asia, Africa, Australia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Lemongrass is a lemon scented plant from the grass family commonly grown for its use in the production of Citronella oil for soaps and insect repellants, aromatherapy, perfumes and cosmetics and for culinary purposes for flavouring. Lemongrass is also used for tea, in traditional medicine lemongrass tea is used to boost immunity and erythropoiesis (the production of red blood cells).

Medical Benefits

The erythropoiesis, antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti inflammatory properties may potentially give lemongrass the following medical benefits:

  • Reduce the risks of certain cancers.

  • Promote healthy digestion.

  • Reduce menstrual cramps.

  • Promote healthy weight loss.

 

Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum

Areas of origin: Europe, Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; UTZ; RFA; FairTrade; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Milk thistle, also known as Scotch thistle, is a plant native to Southern Europe and Asia but is now found world wide. It is characterised by its purple flower and spiny edged leaves. Milk thistle is used in a variety of industries, but is most commonly used for culinary and medicinal purposes.

Medical Benefits

Milk thistle is used in traditional medicine and more recently in modern medicine for its anti-oxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Promoting a healthy liver.

  • Treatment for Acne.

  • Preventing diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

 

Moringa

Moringa oleifera

Areas of origin: East Africa and Southern Asia

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Moringa, also known as Drumstick tree or Horse radish tree, is a drought resistant tree from the Moringaceae family. Moringa trees are commonly used for water purification, and are widely cultivated for the seeds, leaves and roots which have a variety of uses in cooking and in traditional medicine. The naturally dried leaves of the tree are crushed to make moringa powder, a popular spice used to enhance the flavour of many dishes, and is produced for its medical properties. 

Medical Benefits

The moringa plant is commonly used in the traditional medicines of many different cultures as a treatment for various ailments. Recent studies have shown moringa to potentially have multiple health benefits which may include:

  • Treatment for edema.

  • Protection for the liver.

  • Anti-carcinogenic and chemopreventative properties.

  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.

  • Reducing high blood pressure.

  • Protection against kidney disorder.

 

Peppermint

Mentha x Piperita

Areas of origin: Egypt, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Peppermint is a hybrid herb of watermint and spearmint. It most commonly occurs due to the purposeful cultivation and breeding watermint and spearmint, but can also be found in its natural environment when both spearmint and watermint are present. With over 25 cultivars all producing the characterising sweet taste and smell at varying strengths, peppermint has a wide variety of uses in the food and drink industry, the tea industry, the alcohol industry and the cosmetic and perfume industries. 

Medical Benefits

Studies conducted on the properties of peppermint have found it to be a source of menthol, menthone and limonene, which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Digestion aiding properties.

  • Reduce menstrual cramps.

  • Antibacterial properties.

  • Allergy reducing properties.

 

Pelargonium

Pelargonium citronellum

Areas of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Pelargonium citronellum is a bushy shrub from the Geraniaceae family, characterised by its vibrant flowers and strong, lemon fragrance. It is native to the coastal regions of Southern Africa, where it is cultivated for its flavour in cooking, herbal teas and drinks and for its fragrance in cleaning products, cosmetics and perfumes. Pelargonium produces a lemon scented chemical called citronella which can be used as a natural insect repellent.

Medical Benefits

The medical benefits of Pelargonium are subject to ongoing research. Studies have determined that Pelargoniums may have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • Digestion aiding properties.

  • Immunity boosting properties.

  • Pain relief properties.

 

Rooibos

Asphalatus linearis

Country of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; UTZ; RFA; FairTrade; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Rooibos is a small bush which has adapted to the harsh conditions, fluctuating temperatures and dry climate of the Cederberg region of South Africa. Although it was first used as a tea by the Koi-San for its medicinal properties, the demand for rooibos has grown exponentially worldwide. To ensure the demand for its production does not result in biodiversity loss in its native region, strict sustainability farming, production measures and conditions have been implemented. Rooibos is cultivated and produced for its use in a variety of industries, including the tea industry, the cosmetic industry, the medical and pharmaceutical industry and the food industry.

Medical Benefits

Rooibos contains a high level of antioxidants, a low level of tannins and no caffeine, giving it a variety of potential medicinal properties which may include:

  • Reducing the risk of certain cancers.

  • Improving cholesterol levels and heart health.

  • Balancing blood sugar levels to reduce the risk of diabetes.

  • Improving moods and insomnia.

  • Reducing headache and indigestion pain.

 

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Area of origin: Europe

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Rosemary is a herb native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, characterised by its strong fragrance. Rosemary is a member of the mint family and is cultivated for its use in both the food industry and in the cosmetic and perfume industries.

Medical Benefits

The leaves and oil of Rosemary can potentially be used to produce medicine which may have the following medical benefits:

  • Reducing indigestion.

  • Reducing arthritis related joint pain.

  • Preventing Hair loss.

  • It is also used in Aromatherapy to improve memory and reduce stress.

 

Senna

Cassia angustifolia

Areas of origin: India

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Senna is a sturdy herb native to harsh climates of Yemen, Somalia and Arabia. Senna is cultivated for its uses in the production of medicine and teas.

Medical Benefits

The leaves and fruit of Senna can be used in the the production of a variety of medicines due to the medical properties it may possess, which may include:

  • Laxative properties to treat constipation.

  • Treatment for Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).

  • Treatment for haemorrhoids.

 

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Areas of origin: Turkey and Egypt

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Spearmint, also known as garden or common mint, is a herb native to Europe and Southern Asia. Characterised by its strong fragrance and sweet taste, it is used in a variety of different industries including the food and drink industries, perfume and cosmetic industries, the healthcare and medical industries. Due to the high demands for its production, Spearmint is now cultivated and produced around the world.

Medical Benefits

Used commonly in the production of toothpaste, mouthwash, teas and seasoning, Spearmint may also be used in the medical industry for its following potential properties:

  • Balancing hormones for menstrual cramp reduction.

  • Prevention of bacterial infections.

  • Preventing diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

  • Reducing Arthritis related joined pains.

  • Reducing the risk of heart attacks by lowering blood pressure.

 

Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica

Area of origin: Europe

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Stinging nettles are native to Europe, but are now found worldwide. Stinging nettles are named after the hollow stinging hairs, called trichomes, found on the leaves of the plant. These hairs act like hypodermic needles by injecting histamine and other chemicals upon contact, resulting in the characterising stinging sensation. Stinging nettles have a variety of uses in the food, drink and medical industries and were even used as textile raw materials in ancient societies.

Medical Benefits

Stinging nettles have a history in traditional medicine, and can potentially be used today in mainstream medicine for its antioxidants and nutrients which may give it a variety of medical properties which may include:

  • Inflammation reducing qualities.

  • Reducing hay-fever and allergies.

  • Lowering blood pressure.

  • Balancing blood sugar levels.

 

Sutherlandia

Sutherlandia frutescens

Country of origin: South Africa

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Sutherlandia, also known as Cancer bush, is a Southern African fynbos with a history in traditional medicine. Sutherlandia can grow in a variety of climates, and it is harvested from its wild population, making it difficult to control the quality in production. Extracts of the plant are used to make capsules, gels, creams, tablets, liquid extracts and ointments for a variety of industries. 

Medical Benefits

Sutherlandia has a variety of antioxidants and other active ingredients which are used in traditional medicine and may be used in modern medicine for its following potential medical properties:

  • Anti-depressant qualities.

  • Balances blood sugar levels to reduce the risk of diabetes.

  • Anti-influenza qualities.

  • Improves the quality of life for people with Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis.

 

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Area of origin: Europe

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Thyme is a member of the mint family, originating from Mediterranean Europe. It is produced and used most commonly for culinary purposes, but is also cultivated for its uses in medical, ornamental, cosmetic, and tea industries. Thyme has a long history in traditional medicine and was cultivated in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome for its various medicinal properties. 

Medical Benefits

Thyme can be cultivated for potential use in the medical industry for the essential oils it produces. These oils may have a variety of components, properties and vitamins which may give it the following medical benefits:

  • It has Antiseptic properties.

  • Reduces the risk of heart attacks by lowering blood pressure.

  • Boosts immunities.

 

Yerbe Mate

Ilex paraguariensis

Country of origin: Argentina

Certification:

Organic EU; Organic NOP/COR; SAGAP; HACCP

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Description

Yerbe Mate is a South American herb from the holly family. Found most commonly in energy drinks and iced teas for its strong flavours and its various medical properties, Yerbe Mate is produced for use in the tea, food and medical industries. Traditionally served in South American cultures as a substitute for teas and coffees, the production of Yerbe Mate dates back to the Guarani tribe who are responsible for its distribution and popularity throughout South America  

Medical Benefits

Yerbe Mate has a long history in traditional medicine. With its abundance of antioxidants and nutrients, it can be produced and potentially used in modern medicine for its variety of medical benefits which may include:

  • Protection against infections.

  • Boosting of the immune system.

  • Reducing allergies.

  • Lowering blood sugars.

  • Reducing the risk of heart diseases.