04 November 2010 by Denise Slabbert

Africa’s Healing Powers

When it comes to traditional healing and wellness, many South Africans in rural areas know and understand the healing powers of our plants and herbs. Although, homegrown healing hasn’t gone mainstream one doesn’t doubt the huge potential of this in our modern-day lives.

Perhaps the fore-runner in the wellness arena is Rooibos tea. This wild tea is said to have vast and varied healing properties and these days is even available in cosmetics and creams. A cup of rooibos a day is said to keep the doctor well at bay and two or more cups is even better!

A cup of rooibos a day is said to keep the doctor well at bay and two or more cups is even better!

Another plant, Hoodia Gordoniii, used by the San for centuries is being utilized in weight loss therapies, and said to be doing wonders. The succulent, which is said to work as an appetite suppressant was used by the San hunters to quell hunger during long hunting trips. Today, the product is currently gaining in commercial popularity both locally and abroad.

Recently, it was discovered that the Moringa or ‘Miracle Tree’ has numerous healing activities and a project was launched by the local Ga-Mphahlele community to produce and package 10 000 tones of all-natural Moringa Leaf Powder over the period of the next year. The Moringa far surpasses the mineral content of spinach, banana, carrots and oranges but also contains all nine essential amino acids and a whole heap of calcium.

Category: Health & Wellness

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