Franschhoek Medicinal Garden
Posted on the June 24th, 2014
It is no secret that herbs are one of the many wonderful ingredients used to elevate a meal from so-so to sublime at the many celebrated restaurants to be found in Franschhoek. However, these tasty little plants have been recognised for more than their culinary benefits for thousands of years.
In the absence of modern medicines, South Africans have been using indigenous plants to cure all manner of ills, and ward of evil spirits, since time immemorial, but some of these traditional remedies are now coming to the fore as legitimate treatments to relieve symptoms and even heal illnesses. In fact, about 80 percent of South Africans still rely on traditional medicine when they are feeling under the weather.
Nowadays, Aloe is well-known for its skin-soothing properties, but it is also used in traditional medicine to treat allergies and epilepsy, chorea and apoplexy. Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum) and the African Potato (Hypoxis) are starting to make an appearance on the shelves as natural supplements for general good health, while Buchu (Agothosma Betulina) is world-famous for its antiseptic properties.
Find out more about the medicinal and purported magical qualities of herbs at the Franschhoek Medicinal Garden, which is located at the end of Huguenot Street in Franschhoek, within easy reach of hotels and restaurants looking for the freshest ingredients to grace their menus. Here, the charming Rasta bush doctor, Judah, and his team will be happy to share their knowledge with you while you browse amongst the wide selection of plants available for purchase.
Guided tours and demonstrations are also held here in an effort to educate people about natural and sustainable approaches to good health and wellbeing.
The Franschhoek Medicinal Garden is part of the Artisan Food Route. The establishments included in this route are small personalised businesses which have mastered their craft and sacrificed mass production in favour of quality and sustainability. Artisan producers are intimately familiar with their product, raw or freshly prepared. There is not a preservative in site at these markets and customers are assured that the finest attention to detail and utmost care goes into every item prepared here.