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Kalahari melon is the biological ancestor of the watermelon, which is now found all over the world, but which originated in the Kalahari region of Southern Africa. Unlike the common watermelon, whose flesh is sweet and red, the Kalahari melon’s flesh is pale yellow or green, and tastes bitter. It is a creeping annual herb. The Kalahari melon has hairy stems, forked tendrils and three-lobed hairy leaves. Its flowers are bright yellow.
The fruits vary significantly, from small and round in the wild, to larger and more oblong-shaped under cultivation. The surface is smooth, pale green with irregular bands of mottled darker green radiating from the stalk. The flesh is a pale green or yellow, and contains numerous brown seeds. In its wild form, the fruit is bitter to bland in taste, and largely inedible when fresh.
The Kalahari melon or edible tsamma is ‘sweet' and highly adapted to surviving drought and the harsh light of the desert environment. The bitter karkoer usually occurs elsewhere, often as a weed in old lands, particularly in the North-West, Free State, Western Cape and southern parts of the Northern Cape. Apparently wild animals, cattle and sheep do eat the bitter fruit.
History and traditional uses
Archeological evidence suggests that the Kalahari melon has been used for over 4000 years. The San (Bushman) use the melon seed oil to moisturize their skin and encourage hair growth, while the pulp mixed with water is used as a sunblock.
The rich yellow oil of Kalahari melon seeds has been used traditionally in Southern Africa as an ingredient in soap.
The rich yellow oil of Kalahari melon seeds has been used traditionally in Southern Africa as a moisturizer to protect the skin from the sun, to promote hair growth and as an ingredient in soap. The ground seeds also have a history of use as a cosmetic, primarily being used as a face and body scrub which is said to impart a blemish-free complexion to the skin.
Natural moisturiser suitable for all skin types- It is highly moisturizing regenerating and restructuring properties. It is a very light and naturally absorbent oil. Renew the skin's elasticity. Wonderful for mature, acne-prone, oily, and dry skin.
Non-greasy and non-clogging - Lightweight yet highly moisturizing and emollient. Kalahari Melon Seed oil penetrates quickly without feeling greasy
Reduce wrinkles. The high content of linoleic acid provides anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing support, softens the skin, restoring skin elasticity, helps to keep the skin supple and youthful,combating wrinkles. Linoleic acid also helps to facilitate the penetration of other active ingredients such as anti-oxidants.. Its an excellent ingredient to incorporate into serum formulations.
Massage into stretch marks to lighten appearance or use as a preventative measure
Dissolves excess sebum - this oil is perfect for acne and blemish prone skin types. Linoleic acid helps to combat acne by blocking the hypersecretion of sebum due to hormones
Baby skin care formulations -Can be used 100% to replace commercial baby oil
Noncomedogenic - not tending to clog pores
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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.