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Harriet’s Botanicals was founded in early 2018 as a response to a need and demand for African sourced organic wellness products for a growing African and diaspora market.
Sugar and Inflammation

Sugar and Inflammation

What is Sugar? (Free Sugars) This sweet-tasting condiment is a form of carbohydrate that the body converts to glucose. Today we consume way more added sugars than the generations did before us. At times it seems unavoidable as most processed foods contain...

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Female Sex Hormones

Female Sex Hormones

What are Hormones? A hormone is a chemical messenger that is secreted (or released) into our bloodstream by specific organs known as glands - three are found in the brain and seven in the rest of the body. They regulate or control many different processes in...

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Misuse of P2

Misuse of P2

The Emergency Contraceptive The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) is also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B (popularly referred to as P2 in Kenya) and can be found under different brand names. It is used in an ‘emergency’ situation and contains...

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Plant-based Milk Alternatives

Plant-based Milk Alternatives

Plant-based Milk Alternatives All About Dairy Once weaning is done, we may develop a sensitivity to lactose because our digestive systems develop to digest a wider range of complex foods. The digestive enzyme responsible for breaking down the milk sugar...

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Natural Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes

Natural Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that causes sugar (glucose) to accumulate in the blood rather than being used as fuel by the cells. When we eat, food passes through our digestive tract. Carbohydrates and sugars are turned into glucose. The...

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Natural Ways to Support Your Detox

Natural Ways to Support Your Detox

What is a Detox? Detoxification means cleansing the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver where toxins are processed for elimination through our skin bladder and gut. When we exercise or perform physical activities that make...

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Andropause

Andropause

The Male Menopause? Have you ever wondered what the male equivalent of menopause (‘manopause’) is? It’s known as andropause. Defined as a syndrome associated with a decrease in sexual satisfaction or a decline in a feeling of general well-being with low...

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Keeping Safe During Covid

Keeping Safe During Covid

We are in this Together The fatigue around the Covid-19 pandemic is evident. The reality is that it is still very much tangible and spreading among us, new variants abound. It is increasingly difficult when there is no remedy or cure in sight. There are only...

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The Sweet Goodness of Sugarcane

The Sweet Goodness of Sugarcane

What are the benefits? Sweet like sugarcane. A tropical perennial grass (Saccharum officinarum) of the family Poaceae is commonly processed as sugar. It is also used to make ethanol and biofuel, and cane fibres are fodder for livestock. Most medical and...

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More Tea? Yes Please!

More Tea? Yes Please!

Getting The Tea Herbal tea is a term applied to natural products steeped like tea but not from the Camellia sinensis plant. They are made from plants, flowers, roots, spices and herbs dried to create a wonderful variety of tastes and different health...

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The Mighty Greens; Moringa, Spirulina and Chlorella.

The Mighty Greens; Moringa, Spirulina and Chlorella.

Moringa There has been a global demand for this miracle tree known as Moringa oleifera, or horseradish tree or the drumstick tree, and it has made headlines for good reason. This affordable and nutritious plant native to Asia and Africa, grows as a shrub in...

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Tea, Yes Please!

Tea, Yes Please!

Getting The Tea Did you know that ‘Chai’ is the word for tea in Hindi? The most heartwarming drink and very common in different cultural traditions, tea spans thousands of years and millennia. It originated in southwest China as a medicinal drink and is now...

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Honey We Got You!

Honey We Got You!

We need bees for our survival quite literally. Apart from helping to maintain our vast food sources as excellent pollinators, they produce honey and by-products that have been used for centuries for the following: Boosting immune function Wound healing...

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A Gluten Free Guide

A Gluten Free Guide

Food can be so technical, but once you understand some basic principles, it gets easy to enjoy and meet your nutritional needs. What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a type of protein found primarily in wheat grains including barley and rye made from a...

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The Wonders of Mushrooms

The Wonders of Mushrooms

The Wonders of Mushrooms Mushrooms, a type of fungus, is considered a wonder food. You might have seen some growing on a wall or in the corner of a damp room, but the edible types are either farmed or foraged in open spaces. An excellent meat alternative,...

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Natural Pain Relievers

Natural Pain Relievers

Pain is personal, we have all experienced it at one point in our lives. The physical symptoms of pain can be steady, throbbing, stabbing, aching or pinching and most obviously uncomfortable. It can range from mild to debilitating and is a signal by our...

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What is Your Relationship With Food?

What is Your Relationship With Food?

Yes, food is a necessity, it is vital to our existence and maybe that’s why we spend so much of our time around it. How did you develop your relationship with food? Has it changed over time? Do you eat what you like or watch what you eat? Are there feelings...

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Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 1 kg yellow lentils (or red or brown), soaked and boiled 5 carrots, chopped 4 - 6 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 2 red onions, chopped 2 tablespoons of tomato puree 4 sage leaves 2 stalks of rosemary leaves Ground...

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Vitamins and Your Health

Vitamins and Your Health

Vitamins are vital micronutrients found in our foods and in supplements that enable the optimum function of our body’s psychological and physiological states. Nature provides these nutrients found in our abundant food sources. With a varied wholesome and...

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Essential Oils and Your Health

Essential Oils and Your Health

We are surrounded by nature which provides innumerable and diverse solutions and remedies to alleviate all sorts of ailments and for everyday use. Essential oils fall in this category. They are concentrated volatile aromatic liquids obtained from the fruits,...

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FIRST PERIOD STORIES

FIRST PERIOD STORIES

Cultural and societal perspectives around menstruation differ vastly. We each have very unique experiences when we first get our period also known as menarche. Different markers of puberty normally hint at the eventuality of a first period. On average the...

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COPING WITH PAIN OF MISCARRIAGE

COPING WITH PAIN OF MISCARRIAGE

When it comes to grief, there isn’t a one fits all method to cope with the burden of loss and it doesn’t make it easier knowing that one in every four pregnancies will end up in a miscarriage. One in six of these women who lose a baby in early pregnancy may...

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Boost Your Immunity During Covid-19

Boost Your Immunity During Covid-19

Besides cabin fever, a lot of us are going through Covid-19 fatigue. Since March, the entire world was forced to pause and our freedoms sacrificed to allow a better understanding of the pandemic that has affected all aspects of our lives. A few weeks of...

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Reigniting Your Libido

Reigniting Your Libido

Libido is sexual desire; ‘the energy of the sexual drive as a component of the life instinct’. Testosterone is the most influential hormone when it comes to sexual desire both for women and men. For women, progesterone and oestrogen also play a crucial role....

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Superfoods

Superfoods

The marketing term, superfoods, is used to describe plant and animal-based foods that are nutritionally dense. Along with a steep price tag, the trend around superfoods has shifted to determine alternatives both available to the local area as well as...

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Community Engagement and Traditional Medicine

Community Engagement and Traditional Medicine

While the spectre of overexploitation and threats to biodiversity and endangered animal species like rhinos for medicinal purposes are real, it is our conviction that it is precisely the value of traditional medicine to indigenous populations, rather than...

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Traditional medicine  in Kenya: An overview

Traditional medicine in Kenya: An overview

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), traditional medicine (™) is ‘sum total of the knowledge, skills and practices based on theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health...

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Reproductive health issues for women and men

Reproductive health issues for women and men

‘Traditional herbal cures may just make the biggest contribution here’ There is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that sexual and reproductive health complications relating to menstruation, fertility, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections,...

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Sexual health, psychological & emotional wellness

Sexual health, psychological & emotional wellness

Sexual and emotional intimacy is an integral part of young adult life. A satisfying sex life helps reduce stress and anxiety, increases happiness and most often means better mental and emotional health, increased levels of trust and intimacy. Many times,...

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