“Herbs do not work as quickly as conventional medicine, which often leads to people losing hope too soon. When a person uses herbs, he becomes involved in his or her own healing because he has to believe in the healing process, which is just as important as the healing itself.”


























All the herbs described below grow on the Great Karoo farm Theefontein where Oom Johannes and Antoinette live, and can be used in different combinations and measurements to heal and relieve a wide range of ailments. Antoinette says there is a herb for every ailment but not all of them are listed here, so feel free to phone her with your queries.

The herbs are harvested, dried and packed on the farm and directly bought by phoning Antoinette between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays at 023 416 1659 (farm), or 083 273 9659. Prices of herbs are available on request and are generally not more costly than most conventional medicines.

Herb stocks for about three months, and a recipe of how to use the herbs correctly, will be posted at the end of the month following payment into their account. Banking details are available on the ‘contact us’ page or can be obtained directly from Antoinette.

Other home remedies and tips are available on the Home Remedies’ page.












List of herbs

  • Bergpatat assists with weight loss because it stimulates metabolism.
  • Bitterbos is a liver detox and can be used successfully by people who have cancer of the liver, hepatitis and other liver ailments.
  • Dasbos and Balderjan literally ‘sweats’ out a cold.
  • Dasbos and Karmedip assists with bladder infection and other bladder conditions, as well as prostate problems as it ensures that the bladder is completely emptied when urinating.
  • Dasbos and Klipgruis detoxifies the body and assists with kidney problems because it regulates water balance in the body.
  • Dasbos and Renostertop strengthens the lungs of tuberculoses (TB) patients.
  • Dawidjie-wortel helps with memory.
  • Dermpoeier combines 14 different types of roots that are ground together on a grind stone and relieves spastic colon, irritable bowl syndrome, stomach ulcers and constipation.
  • Gifbolblare speeds up the healing of wounds and sores.
  • Grashout relieves wind in the stomach.
  • Kalmoes assists people wanting to stop smoking by managing cravings.
  • Kaneelbol stabilises blood conditions like blood pressure, bad blood circulation and varicose veins, as well as cholesterol.
  • Kankerbossie and Karmedip relieves the symptoms of cancers of the bladder, prostate and pancreas.
  • Katjie-drieblaar assists hormone balance, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause and hot flushes. Can be used with great success instead of hormone replacement therapy. In combination with kankerbossie it can be used to improve immunity in cancer patients.
  • Kraalbos strengthens the scalp to reduce hair loss and stimulates hair re-growth. It also improves overall condition of hair.
  • Kruitjie-roer-my-niet relieves tennis elbow, hip problems and sprained joints. It is extremely poisonous and should only be used externally and with great care.
  • Lukwart-boomblare and Rooivergeetwortels improves sugar levels in diabetes sufferers who follow a healthy diet at the same time.
  • Manskruie reduces impotence.
  • Manskruie and Vrouekruie can assist people battling to fall pregnant.
  • Oogbossie heals eye problems such as watery eyes and cataracts.
  • Oondbos relieves headache, usually in combination with other herbs to address what may be causing the headache.
  • Rooivergeetwortels and Jakkalsbos helps people with heart problems, especially following heart bypass surgery because it strengthens the blood and assists the organ in dealing with the trauma of the operation.
  • Velpoeier relieves eczema, psoriasis, shingles and head lice.
  • Vlak-grashout is a quick but strong way to get rid of a cold.
  • Wildepampoen relieves backache.
  • WynruitWilde-als en Nieshout heals lung ailments, asthma and bronchitis.