Aromatherapy

Black History Month – Country Profile: South Africa

One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in a prison.”
~Plato~

On December 5th, 2013 the world lost charismatic freedom fighter and president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. For those planning to travel to his country, here is our Weal World Travel treatment on South Africa:

Fitness
South Africa Hikes
Surfing South Africa (and swimming away from the sharks)
(And running away from angry elephants on safari still counts in my book as exercise.)

Fragrance
Marula Oil
*Botanical name: Sclerocarya birrea
*The oil produced from the kernel of this tree is a great skin moisturizer as it contains mostly oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid. The fruit of this tree contains vitamin C and the bark has anti-diarrhea properties.
Baobab Oil
*Botanical name: Adansonia digitata
*The oil extracted from this tree is not actually an essential oil; it is used in small quantities in a carrier or base oil. The oil is an excellent moisturizer and used for skin and hair care. It is said to have a beneficial effect on eczema and psoriasis too.

Food
Morogo – wild spinach. Recipe idea.
Miele Pap – A porridge originally made with sorghum and now made with cornmeal/maize.
Bunny Chow– A bread ‘bowl’ filled with curry (yes vegetarians, there is a version for you!). This street food originated in Durban and was eaten by non-white South Africans. It later became popular with the white folk.
Rooibos tea– Red bush or rooibos tea is caffeine-free, contains antioxidants and has been studied for anti-carcinogenic properties. For more on its health benefits, click here.

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