Home > Natural Health > Medicinal plants Medicinal plants All sections in Natural » Find a Practitioner » Medicinal Plants » Life lessons » Natural approach » Natural Living » Natural Therapies » Natural News Can rooibos help you lose weight? It turns out that one of the best kept weight loss secrets could already be in your kitchen as research finds that just one cup of Rooibos tea every day can help you lose as much as a kilo a month. Assess Ask the natural health expert » Learn Natural therapies to try » Quiz Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Test yourself: How flexible are you? » A quick guide to The Atkins Diet This medicinal plant that only grows in the Western Cape could replace antibiotics one day Can turmeric can fight inflammation better than drugs? Studies show that a promising new treatment for severe inflammation, which is at the heart of most chronic diseases, is found in curcumin, a natural ingredient in the common spice, turmeric. How safe are herbal medicines? Herbal therapies, taken for medicinal and health reasons, are increasingly popular and often regarded as innately safe. But their interactions with other medicines is less known – and could be downright dangerous. A short history of SA's miracle herb: buchu BuchuLife products are used to cure inflammation, acting as a natural anti-inflammatory. Buchu is cultivated in the Western Cape and is part of the Cape Flora Kingdom. A short history of plants as medicine Plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years. Find out more about their fascinating history. How to grow a herb garden Have you always wanted a herb garden but have no idea where to start? Follow our simple guidelines and soon you can also have a herb garden bursting with flavour and fragrance. When herbal remedies are dangerous Although herbs are generally safe with very few side effects, one should be responsible and careful when using any herb. Herbs A-Z The medicinal properties of herbs and spices have been known for many centuries. Check out our list of over 500 to learn more. Buchu - South Africa's 'miracle herb' In South Africa buchu has been used as a folk remedy or 'boereraat' for centuries. Currently this 'miracle herb' is being marketed for a wide range of clinical applications, notably as an anti-inflammatory. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.