Healthy Living Herbs

Healthy Living Herbs

Healthy Living Herbs

Thé name in herbs to be trusted for the best results. Follow our easy growing plans and tips, and you and your family will surely enjoy the benefits of freshly and naturally grown herbs in your daily life.

Healthy Living Herb plants are available at Nurseries and Garden Centres in Gauteng



Growing Herbs & Vegetables in a Box is:

  • Easy – optimal growing conditions
  • Time Saving – it doesn’t take much time to look after your herbs and veggies
  • For Everybody – you can start with one box and grow what you need

Why not start this highly rewarding journey of Growing Your Own?

Read more about How To Start Grow-in-a-Box


Herb Land

Experience Nature's Goodness

Take some time out from the daily madness and stroll through the beautiful Herbal Gardens at Herb Land.

Be refreshed with something delicious to eat and drink at The Herb Cafe while overlooking the gardens and enjoying the tranquility.

At the Playard, the Kids can run freely, climb, swing, slide and just Play to their heart’s content while you can enjoy something delicious to eat and drink at Munchies.

At the Herbal Centre you can find all kinds of Herbal Goodies and Plants to ensure you experience nature's goodness at home.

This is what one of the visitors said: "Wonderful place to spend the day. Gardens are so well kept. Sarah served us at the café and was super friendly. Food is fresh and tasty. Promise helped us in the nursery and she really knows about plants...very friendly lady. We will definitely go back. Thank you for your excellent service everyone at Herb land. ~ Elene"

Read more about Herb Land 


Herb Tea

5 Steps to make a Herbal Tea

One of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of growing your own herbs is to enjoy it as a delicious and soothing Herbal Tea.

Ideal for this is to use a Plunger, or also known as a French Press. It is easy to use and you can add fresh or dried herbs to make your cup of tea.

Read more about Herbal Teas



Traditional Use:
Sutherlandia, or also more commonly known as the Cancer Bush, has a rich history of being used as a traditional medicine in South Africa. Even today, it is widely used and very popular as a natural medicine to improve conditions relating to the immune system and inflammatory conditions.

A Tonic:
It can be described as a Tonic for the body, bringing balance and optimal function where required.

Tonic herbs are used to nourish, tone and restore the organ systems of the body, encouraging them to perform at their innate capacity and function.

The long list of benefits that has traditionally and historically been associated with Sutherlandii includes, but not limited, to the treatment of skin conditions and inflammation, cancer, fevers, diabetes, kidney & liver problems, rheumatism and stomach ailments.
It may also relieve symptoms associated with a modern lifestyle such as depression and stress.

Truly a herb that is worth taking to balance and restore health and wellbeing.

Read more about Sutherlandii



Brighten up your autumn and winter days with vivid yellow and orange coloured Calendula flowers.

Nature always gives you what you need, when you need it !

More than just a visual treat, the Calendula flowers are loaded with healing properties for internal and external use.

Fill about a 1/3 of a cup with freshly picked flower petals from your garden. Pour boiled water over the petals to the top of the cup. Cover with a saucer and let it steep for around 15 to 20 minutes or until the tea is cool enough to drink.

Use this health promoting Calendula Tea as a preventative measure to optimize your immune system and be prepared to handle the onslaught of colds and flu this coming winter season.

Read more about Calendula



A perennial Basil that is easy to grow and will produce tasty, colourful and aromatic basil leaves nearly all year round.

Use the fresh leaves in the same way as you would use normal Fresh Sweet Basil leaves - in salads, pesto, sandwiches, pasta sauces, cooking and teas.

It grows best when planted in full sun, or a minimum of 4 hours direct sunlight.

As a decorative specimen it is ideal to grow in containers as long as the soil has good drainage and it is give organic fertilizer at least once a month.

Grows about 80 cm in height and 50cm wide.

Read more about Basil



Rated as one of the best sources of natural antioxidants, such as polyphenols that is well known for its potent antioxidant capacities.

Research suggests that a diet rich in polyphenols may help reduce stress, inflammation, and the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

As powerful antioxidants they prevent or reverse damage in your cells caused by aging, the environment, and your lifestyle.

Over time, this damage is linked to an increased risk of many chronic diseases.

When preparing asparagus, try not to either overcook or undercook it.

Although cooking the veggie helps activate its cancer-fighting potential, letting it boil or sauté for too long can negate some nutritional benefits.

Read more about Asparagus


Healthy Living HerbsIt's all about Fresh, Homegrown Herbs !

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When you fall in love with the complex, unique and warming taste of Dill, you will make any excuse to use it !

Use the fresh leaves from your garden for the best taste experience.

It is a classic herb to use with seafood dishes.

Dill can be used in many ways such as in salad dressings, pasta sauces or pickling.

Something else about Dill is that it is easy to pick and use in dishes if you grow it in your garden.

If you are not growing Dill yet, now is the time to plant it in your garden.

Read more about Dill



Fall in love with this aromatic and very popular indigenous herb.

Plant it in the garden or containers close to walkways so that you can touch and smell it every time you walk past.

Take some time to smell the roses ...

Read more about Scented Geraniums



Soft, tasty and nutritious!

Everything you need in this easy to grow and high yield spinach.

Grow them in the garden or even in bigger containers.

Spinach matador is one of the most versatile greens that a home-gardener can grow since it can be consumed raw or cooked.


Coriander Cilantro Dhaniya DhanyaAN ANCIENT FAVOURITE

It seems as though Coriander, especially the seed as a spice, has been highly valued in ancient civilizations.

Apparently, through archeological discovery, there is evidence of its cultivation and use by humans dating back to about 6000 years ago in populated areas stretching from Egypt to Turkey, Central Asia and Persia.

The unique and distinct flavour of Coriander found its way around the world and became part of the food culture of many nations.

It has become a flavour that is enjoyed around the world and one of the most popular herbs grown by gardeners today.

Grow some fresh coriander in your garden and be connected to a millennia old cultural heritage.

Read more about Coriander


OreganoThe Joy of Oregano

Originating in the mountains of Greece where it was believed that this aromatic herb was created by the Goddess Aphrodite. She wanted it to be a symbol of Joy growing in her garden.

The word "oregano" comes from the Greek words "oros" for mountain and "ganos" for Joy ~ Joy of the Mountains

Since its first cultivation thousands of years ago, oregano has become a popular culinary ingredient around the world.

Read more about Oregano.



Dog Grass

Nutritious & Digestive Support

As part of the Family, the health and well-being of our Pets have become one of the important aspects of daily live.

The best care is preventative care, making sure that your furr kids have optimum nutrition and a health promoting environment.

Dog grass is easy to grow, either in a pot or in your garden, where it will easily be accessible for your doggy to munch on when they feel the need.

This will give them access to natural nutrition that will also support the function of the digestive system.

Go ahead - Spoil your Doggy with some Healthy Living Dog Grass!

Read more articles about Herbal Pet Care.



Soothing & Relaxing

• Do you feel a bit down or anxious today?
• Take any small string bag, pick some of your Lavender flowers in the garden and fill the bag
• Find a spot where you can sit down for a moment
• Hold the bag in both hands and gently squeeze …
• Then, bring the hands to the nose and take a deep, relaxing breath in through the nose … and exhale ….
• … repeat and enjoy the soothing and balancing benefits of the Lavender aroma


Fresh Herbs

Fresh is Best for Cooking

• Too much effort to go and pick Fresh, Homegrown Herbs from the garden every time you are busy in the kitchen?
• We have an idea that will ensure you always have fresh, homegrown herbs at your fingertips every time you prepare a meal.
• Next time when you are in your garden, just pick a handful of the herbs that are looking great.
• Place the freshly cut herbs in a container with water, making sure the stem ends are submerged in water.
• Place the container with fresh herbs within easy reach of the food preparation area.
• This way you always have fresh herbs available whenever you are cooking or just making a delicious sandwich
• Pinch a few leaves and add to your favourite meal for an instant taste sensation.









French Tarragon

Use Fines Herbes to season mildly flavoured dishes, such as omelets, fish, and vegetables:

Combine the following Fresh Herbs:

Bon Appétit


Vietnamese Coriander

Do you love the taste of Coriander but find it difficult to grow?
We have a great alternative for you to try .... Vietnamese Coriander !
Also known as "Hot-Mint", it is a very popular culinary ingredient in Asian dishes.

It tastes similar to Coriander (Cilantro) that is more commonly used, but with the big difference that it is able to thrive in summer heat when normal Coriander tends to go into flower and not produce enough flavourful leaves.
With its strong, spicy, unusual flavour, it will indeed add a new taste experience to your culinary journey.

Growing Vietnamese Coriander is also easy.

Plant it in a sunny position with well drained, composted soil and water regularly, especially during hot, dry periods.

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Catmint Blue

This one is not only for your cats!

Catmint Blue is a herb that fits in well with either your herb garden or as a colourful perennial in the flower bed.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Add to this the soothing Grey-Green foliage colour and you have a plant that Mother Nature gave the stamp of approval when it comes to physical and mental relaxation.

For more than just visual serenity, use the leaves and flowers to make an aromatic tea that may help you to relax and relieve stress. Sweeten the experience with a dash of honey.

Catmint Blue is drought and cold hardy and grows well in semi-shade to full sun.



Herbs with a tropical tang, like pineapple or lemon, are the most popular for flavouring cocktails and coolers.
Treat yourself and loved ones with the following basic cooler/punch recipe:

1 cup of herb leaves (Pineapple Sage or Mint or Mint Julep, etc)
2 cups of hot water
Pour boiling water over herb leaves and let it steep for about 15 min. to make a strong infusion.

Strain the herb leaves and add the infusion to the fruit concentrate, Soda water and Ginger Ale in a punch bowl:
250 ml Fruit concentrate
500 ml Soda water to dilute
500 ml Ginger Ale

Add to this some lemon slices, fresh herb leaves and lots of ice.
Dress it up with extra fruit, cocktail cherries, crushed ice, etc.

Read more about herbs to use for summery drinks


Green Peppers

For juicy, firm and tasty green peppers, they need:

  1. To grow in an area that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  2. Make sure the ground is well composted and fertilized
  3. Mulch around the plants in order to retain moisture during the hot summer months.

Give it a try and enjoy yummy homegrown Green Peppers

For more info on growing healthy herbs and veggies



Have you ever cooked with Marjoram?

If you haven't, you're missing out!

It is one of the most popular culinary herbs and it's delicate, citrusy flavour makes it especially versatile.
Like oregano and other mint relatives, marjoram plays nicely with tomato and is commonly included in tomato-based dishes.

Its mild flavour makes it a good addition to uncooked preparations like salad dressings.

Grow some today and use it fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews, sauces, dressings, meat and teas.

Plant it in a sunny position with well drained, composted soil.

For more information on Marjoram


Perennial Basil

Do you want to make a positive difference to your environment?

Why not start your own Bee Garden?

It is easy to do and highly rewarding.

Let's have a look a three ways to attract bees to your garden:

  1. Choose plants that flower all year long
  2. Plant in groups so that the bees do not have to travel far as they only focus on one type of plant at a time
  3. Have fresh water in shallow bowls available for the bees to drink from.

Perennial Basil is an ideal plant to use as it flowers for most of the year. It will also add colour to your garden with its attractive display of flowers.
An added bonus is that you can also use the leaves to make delicious Basil Pesto.

For more information on other Bee Loving Herbs


Egg Plant, Brinjal, Aubergine


One of our favourite veggies to plant in the gardens.
It is so easy to grow and rewards you with an abundance of tasty fruits with little effort.

One plant can produce up to 5 big fruit that are super healthy for us.
It features prominently in the Mediterranean diet, recognized as a Healthy Living Lifestyle.

Make this delicious Summer Salad with your own homegrown Egg Plants:

Make this delicious Eggplant-Feta-and-Mint-Salad



Dill can be used in many ways such as in salad dressings, pasta sauces or pickling.

It is a particular favourite in fish dishes.

Something else about Dill is that it is easy to pick and use in dishes if you grow it in your garden.

If you are not growing Dill yet, now is the time to plant it in your garden.

Read more about Dill



Did you know Cayenne Pepper is considered a Superfood?

It is one of the most incredible plants because of all its health benefits.

Just to mention a few ways Cayenne pepper may benefit you:

  • Boosts your metabolism and assists in burning more calories
  • Improves hearth health and increases circulation
  • Relieves pain and inflammation

It is the season to grow your own Cayenne Pepper, add some to your food and feel the benefits it may give you.

Read more about Chilies.


Growing Parsley

Are you battling to grow a healthy Parsley plant and missing out on all the flavour and natural nutrition ?

You can also have success with Parsley by following our “Secrets to Success” :

  1. Plant in an area of the garden where it gets at least 4 hours direct morning sun
  2. Place an organic mulch around the plants to ensure you keep the soil moist and prevents drying out – dry soil being the biggest enemy
  3. Feed with an organic fertilizer at least once a month to ensure healthy roots and leaves

Give it a try and enjoy some Homegrown Parsley !

To give parsley its due here are 10 ways to use it – in addition to its ability to pretty-up a dish.


Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm tea is thé trendy tea to make this summer.

You can have it as an iced tea or warm.

To make Lemon Balm Tea:

  1. Add 3-4 Tbsp of chopped up Lemon Balm leaves to a medium sized pot
  2. Add boiled water and steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Serve with honey.

Enjoy your own healing tea with Homegrown Lemon Balm !



Using freshly picked Spinach is not only rewarding, it is also beneficial to your health.

Spinach contains both Vitamin C and Iron.

Iron is absorbed easier when taken with Vitamin C.

Spinach is easy to grow and a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals.

To enjoy Organic, Homegrown Spinach ... discover the secret of successful herb and vegetable gardening !



Coriander Leaves

A BIG Shout-out to all the Coriander / Cilantro / Dhaniya lovers!

Spring is around the corner, the time of the year where you can enjoy an abundance of Coriander in your garden. Such joy to go out and pick fresh bunches of leaves every day.

Only a lack of imagination will limit the use of fresh Coriander leaves! Sprinkle it on cocktail snacks, salads, sandwiches and find an excuse to use it on every dish you make!


Chimichurri Sauce

But what to do if you have an oversupply of fresh Coriander leaves?

Bring out the Chimichurri recipes!!!
O yes, this classical Argentinian sauce will open up a new world of culinary delight for you. And the best part of having Chimichurri sauce in the fridge? You will always have your favourite Coriander taste on hand, even if the garden fails to produce. Packed with flavour and a refreshing tangy taste, it brings many ordinary dishes to new levels of excitement. Top this with the fact that it is super easy to make!

Have the following on hand to make your Chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons onion or shallots, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground

Combine all the ingredients and blend with a high-powered blender until you have a smooth sauce.

Put it aside and allow the sauce to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes for the flavours to develop.

Use at your heart’s content.


Chimichurri Ice Cibes

If you made a bit extra then store your Chimichurri treasure in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. If you were so enthusiastic that you made even more, then it is easy to freeze it.

Scoop the sauce into ice cube trays and once frozen, toss them into freezer bags or containers according to your preferred serving size. Defrost when needed.

3 Ways to use your homemade Chimichurri sauce:

  1. Drizzle over hot, grilled vegetables just before serving
  2. Mix into softened cream cheese and use as a spread for crackers or toasted ciabatta
  3. Combine it with mayonnaise and diced chicken for salads and sandwiches


Herbs in Sun

What is one of the most important aspects if you want to succeed in growing your own Herbs and Veggies?

Direct Sunlight!
Their Happy Place receives at least 4 hours direct sunlight.
Morning sun is better if you have the option.

Only have direct sun available in the afternoon?

SunshineThen add a 3cm thick layer of organic mulch around the plants to prevent wilting.

What about soil, fertilizer etc? ..... Read more