suncare

A little bit of sunshine is good for the body and mind; but of course too much of a good thing will do more harm than good, so we need to be smart about sun safety and outdoors and choose natural sunscreens for healthy skin protection. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, causing sunburns and premature ageing, and also increasing the risk of skin cancer. There is good news though; Mother Nature has given us a wide range of highly effective, all-natural sun protectants to keep our skin safe and healthy. Many of these plant oils and extracts are used as ingredients in our natural sunblocks; we highly recommend adding any of them to your skincare regime before (and during) the sunny summer months!

ghee-clarified-butter

Smooth and golden buttery ghee is such a coveted ingredient; it’s a dairy-free butter that’s filled with flavour, and perfect for all your favourite Paleo recipes. Find out more about the goodness of ghee, what makes it special and how you can use it!

What is Ghee?

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that originates in India; it is made by simmering regular butter over a low heat, until most of the liquid content evaporates. During the process of making ghee, all the water and the milk solids are removed from the butter, leaving behind a smooth golden-yellow substance that’s high in nutrients but free of impurities and dairy allergens (lactose and casein). Ghee has been widely used as a key ingredient in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Sri-Lankan cuisine. It’s also regarded as a powerful Ayurvedic healing food.

hemp-seeds

Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp protein powder - hemp products are the talk of the organic world right now, with more and more "greenies" opting to supplement their diets with this nourishing and healing superfood. There's so much to say about the benefits of hemp, we really could go on and on... but to keep things simple, we've put together a list of the key nutrients in this power-packed plant, and the benefits these nutrients have to offer. Plus we have a quick and easy hemp smoothie recipe for you, and some links to our popular hemp products available online.

sauerkraut

Let’s be honest, a dish literally known as “sour cabbage” doesn’t exactly sound very appetising! But if you’re serious about healthy eating (and not afraid to experiment in the kitchen), you’ll find there are plenty of sweet reasons to eat more sauerkraut.

What is Sauerkraut?

This tangy and tasty condiment is a time-honoured European side dish, widely enjoyed throughout Germany, France and Russia – although it’s thought to have originated in ancient China. Sauerkraut is made by fermenting white cabbage and juniper berries with lactobacillus bacteria; fermentation converts the natural sugars into lactic acid, which acts as a natural preservative.

olive-oil-soap

What if we told you that you could clean your home beautifully, from top to bottom, using little more than pure olive oil? You might think it’s reserved for use as a healthy cooking oil or natural moisturiser – but our green cleaning gurus  swear by the magical multi-purpose olive oil cleaner also known as castile. If this is all sounding a little too good to be true, we’ve got news for you! Here’s everything you need to know about this natural cleaning must-have:

maple-syrup

Nothing beats a hot stack of fluffy pancakes or a freshly-baked waffle, topped with a golden drizzle of maple syrup – and while most of us think of it as a guilty indulgence, you might be surprised to know it’s actually one of the healthiest sugar substitutes out there. Find out more about this remarkable natural nectar, and what makes it so good for you! We’ll also fill you in on what makes “grade B” maple syrup the best of the bunch.

aloe-vera-juice

The indigenous aloe plant really is one of Africa’s green gems; this spiky succulent is just loaded with more than 200 vitamins, minerals and enzymes, making it a head-to-toe healing gift from nature. Whether you use it as a skin care treatment or enjoy it in your favourite refreshing drinks, aloe is truly amazing. The most commonly used aloe species are aloe vera and aloe ferox; you’ll find plenty of healing goodies at our online store made with both these ingredients. Here’s a look at just what makes aloe so incredible:

neem-leaves Neem is truly one of nature’s most versatile and useful remedies. Gardeners trust it as an effective natural bug repellent, protecting their beloved crops against all kinds of pests – and it’s known to stop nasty critters like lice and mozzies from bugging us people too. What you might not have heard, is that neem oil, made from the leaves of the tropical neem tree, boasts a wealth of health and beauty benefits – it can make your hair shine and your skin glow! Take a look at what neem can do for you – plus some handy homemade skincare recipes using our pure natural neem oil.

turmeric We all know turmeric as the bright yellow spice that gives curry dishes their inviting colour; and as South Africans we most commonly think of it as the key ingredient in traditional yellow rice. What you might not know however, is that turmeric is also loaded with amazing medicinal properties. This precious golden spice can be used for so much more than its warming taste! Turmeric really is a natural health and beauty superstar – here’s a look at the key benefits you can enjoy by adding more turmeric to your daily diet and skincare regime: