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Artemesia Afra (also known as Wilde Als and Lanyana) of the Compositae family is an erect multi-stemmed perennial shrub of up to two metres in height It has feathery leaves, finely divided which is usually greyish to green in colour. Yellowish and inconspicuous flowers appear on branch ends. Origin of Artemesia Afra oil: Artemisia afra is a common species in South Africa with a wide distribution from the Cederberg Mountains in the Cape, northwards to tropical East Africa and stretching as far north as Ethiopia. In the wild it grows at altitudes between 20-2 440 m on damp slopes, along stream sides and forest margins. Artemesia afra (Afra = come from Africa) is the only indigenous species in this genus Extraction: Artemisia afra oil is extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers by means of steam distillation. The harvesting time starts when the flowers are just starting to form which is from mid March to seed time until end of May Production of Artemisia afra Oil at HIGHLAND ESSENTIAL OILS It is commercially planted and harvested at Highland Essential Oils
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION The main components in Artemesia Afra oil area-Thujone; b-Thujone; 1,8 – Cineole; Bormeol a-Pinene
Uses: Insecticide: Artemisia afra is used in natural organic insecticide sprays and is used as a moth repellent in cupboards. Fungicide: can help with fungal infestation. Liqueur: Artemisia afra is the main active ingredient of the spirit liqueur Absinthe Health benefits:Artemisia afra is one of the oldest and best known medicinal plants, and is still widely used today in South Africa by people of all cultures. The list of uses covers a wide range of ailments from coughs, colds, fever, flu, loss of appetite, colic, headache, earache, gastro – intestinal disorders, intestinal worms, to malaria. Artemisia afra (roots, stems and leaves) is used in many different ways and taken as enemas, poultices, infusions, body washes, lotions, smoked, snuffed or drunk as a tea. A not so common use is to place leaves in socks for sweaty feet or make a spray with oil in ethanol to spray feet. The painkilling and relaxing properties of Artemisia afra oil acts as a local anaesthetic for rheumatism, neuralgia and arthritis.
It has antimicrobial and antibacterial activities and it is able to cure ringworm in guinea pigs, Atemisia afra and its constituents are potentially useful for the management of hypertensive conditions. The oil is used as an inhalation for the relief of headache and nasal congestion or put in a lotion to treat haemorrhoids. Put a few drops (5-8) in a hot bath for menstrual pain or after childbirth. In traditional practice, fresh leaf is inserted into the nostrils to relieve nasal congestion
Warmed leaves may be applied externally as a poultice or use a few drops on a warm compress to relieve inflammation
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HIGHLAND ESSENTIAL OILS is an innovative 100% family owned, South African company, established in 1992, by Flip Minnaar, a professional Engineer, and his wife Riana, on their family farm Vlakbult in the Clocolan district. It is situated in the Eastern Highlands area of the Free State province of South Africa near the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Highlands Essential Oils (HEO) is involved in the manufacturing of essential oils and concretes for the food, medicinal, perfume and industrial markets, at national and international levels.
Since 2012 Highland Essential oils is Organic certified (EU and US NOP) on 300 ha of the 1200 ha farm. We aim to farm in partnership with nature to build a sustainable future.
All the waste material is converted to compost in the compost plant and used in the organic field as fertilizer and compost tea spray.
Our son Henry Minnaar and his wife Stacey joined us and manage HEO
We have also expanded to Zambia for the production of tropical oils. Here our Daughter Philna and her husband Hendrie le Roux are managing Zambezi Essential Oils (ZEO)
Our Products consist of 1)Essential oils and hydrosols: Artemisia afra, Camomile Matricaria, Camomile Artemis Nobilis, Helicryssum Odoratisimum, Orris, Oregano, Rosemary, Rose oil, Sage oil, Tagete, Thyme, Yarrow at HEO. In Zambia we produce Geranium Bourbon type, Teatree, Piper hisperdinervum 2)Vegetable Oils: Kalahari melon at HEO and Moringa and Rosewoodseed at ZEO 3)Dried products: Irris rhizomes at HEO and Devils claw at ZEO 4)Fresh products: Orange summer pumpkins
Our vision is to guarantee our products to be of a consistently top quality, meeting and ensuring customer satisfaction through continuous improvement in every aspect of our business. We have maintained a philosophy of quality, consistency, commitment and integrity in our service
Our Mission is to ensure
· Product Safety and Quality.
· Exceed Customer Expectations
· Maintaining a motivated, dedicated and competent team.
· Following good farming and manufacturing practices
· Maintaining a healthy and positive work environment for all employees
· Uplifting our community through job creation, tourism and education.
· Concentrating on value adding to products.
· To follow fair trade practices.
COMPANY VALUES Customer service - We consistently provide exceptional service to satisfy the needs of our customers Quality and Productivity - We guarantee our products to be of a consistently top quality, meeting and ensuring customer satisfaction through continuous improvement. Communication and People development - We promote good human relations, and the opportunity to be creative and innovative. Participation and Empowerment - We develop an environment in which our employees can experience involvement that matters, accountability for problem-solving, creativity and decision-making so as to add value to our company. Safety Health and Housekeeping - We maintain the highest possible standard of safety and health in the work place environment. Community responsibility- We uplift our community through job creation.