I remember as a little girl I once mixed a whole lot of ingredients together thinking to myself it was going to turn out being a wonderful “cream”
For many years I never gave that much thought, but having grown up on a Karoo farm, far away from doctors and shops, we often had to make use of self-help remedies .(Boere-rate) When we as children, hurt ourselves, I remember my mom tearing a piece of fabric and tying it around wherever the wound was. That was it. We would carry on playing, all forgotten.
We grew up without a thermometer, no emergency medicine box. No medical fund, never needed it!
I remember my mom mentioning Balsem Kopiva and Turlington, Harlemensis and Wit Dulsies amongst others; I recall my dad telling the doctor not to bring any Penicillin near me!
We never knew about preservatives; we lived on fresh milk straight from the cows, meat from our own healthy sheep and chickens; bread made from wheat off fields my dad planted himself.
We played in the harsh sun, with summer temperatures well into the 30′ s and 40′ s, we swam in the dams on the farm, with no chlorine to clean the water, just plain old water from the depth of the borehole. We rode our bicycles for miles on dusty roads, with no helmet, we breathed the fresh air of the Karoo.
We learnt to trust the elements, we were dependent on the rain, the wind, the sun and sometimes even the moon. Droughts came and gone, we learnt about faith and about love.
Love of family and friends, but most of all, the love of the soil, the plants; nature. Nature provided all we needed
Life happened and I left school, living my life in the cities, traveling the world, raising children, surviving the rat race.
With all that done and dusted, having survived the ups and downs, reality knocks on the door…..we are looking for a new meaning to life… Spending most of my time alone, I live my life in my thoughts, in my garden. . . and day by day I realise…..
Nature still provides all we need!
And I can share my love of everything natural with the world!
I started making these all-natural products with a friend of mine a few years ago, just for personal use and as gifts. I have not bought any commercial moisturizer since.
My story. I realize it s very personal, but that is who I am and I believe all a person has to give is what one has!