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05Apr/19
Monica selling her crop of Roselle

Personal stories: How Monica went from water carrier to Roselle producer

We first met Monica at the Kisumu Regional Show. REAP used to have a stand at the Kisumu Regional Show and Monica helped us by carrying water. She helped us as we prepared for the show and throughout the seven days of the show. She took an interest in what we were planting and teaching.

Since then she has been successfully growing some of the new plants we have introduced to the area including Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa). 

When we needed some for people who had ordered it in Nairobi, we contacted her, and she brought us a good quantity for sale from her own farm.  She measures it by volume, using a one litre tin as commonly used in the market. 

We want to recognise her diligence in keeping the seed from year to year and continuing to recognise the value of this plant by growing it on her own farm.  Monica had good quality seed to sell.

She has picked up something we have mentioned but have not seen many others do.  She roasts and grinds the seed to make a coffee substitute that certainly smells good!

Monica selling her crop of Roselle
Photo of Roselle

Roselle is a bushy plant, growing to about 1 metre tall. It is native to Sudan and West Africa.  It grows well in hot conditions and will tolerate relatively poor soil conditions.   

It is grown mainly for its red acid succulent calyces that are made into a drink, taken either hot or cold.  The tea is pleasant and refreshing, detoxifies the body and helps remove dead disease organisms and toxins from the body (cleans the blood). 

It is a mild sedative and therefore good for reducing stress and helping ensure good sleep.  When people are sick it is important that they take enough fluid and Roselle tea is a good way of ensuring sick people drink enough.  The tea can also be made from Roselle mixed with Lemon Grass for added flavour and medicinal benefit.

To find out more about Roselle and it’s uses, click here

11Mar/19
Rosalia supervising the students preparing beeswax for adding to ointments

News from our travels with our Natural Medicine teachings

In February, Roger travelled with Rosalia to Kwale which is near the coast in Kenya. They went to facilitate a five-day Natural Medicine seminar at the Kenya School for Integrated Medicine.

We covered the usual topics that we train on. However, the participants were different from our usual participants making this an interesting and affirming experience. Most of the participants were students at the school, so they were much younger than those we normally train. It was a positive opportunity to introduce students, who are involved in alternative medicine, to the wealth of medicinal remedies easily available to all. Participation in the practicals was great.

The garden walk was a particularly helpful tool. It proved to show how many useful plants are already available. By the end of the week, we were encouraged by the questions which reflected a growing understanding of what we teach as Natural Medicines.

In mid-March, we will be taking the same general teaching to a group of students at the Africa Inland Church Missionary Training College in Eldoret. These are Bible students preparing to take the gospel message to remote parts of the country and beyond. We have trained there every two years for some time now.

Rosalia supervising the students preparing beeswax for adding to ointments
Rosalia supervising the students preparing beeswax for adding to ointments
Students cleaning groundnut shells ready for making medicinal charcoal
Students cleaning groundnut shells ready for making medicinal charcoal
Rosalia teaching on making chilli ointment
Rosalia teaching on making chilli ointment
Roger demonstrating on how to use unripe pawpaws for treating difficult wounds
Roger demonstrating on how to use unripe pawpaws for treating difficult wounds
16Jan/19
George teaching on harvesting Artemisia and taking cuttings during Natural Medicines seminar May 2018

May 2019 Natural Medicines Seminar

REAP and anamed Kenya are planning to conduct another Natural Medicines Training Seminar at the beginning of May 2019 at the Subiaco Centre in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi.

The Aims

The aims of the May 2019 Natural Medicines Training Seminar are to train people (healers, pastors, missionaries, health workers, teachers and others active in the community) in:

  • The recognition, knowledge, and cultivation of several medicinal plants in a medicinal garden.
  • The hygienic production of effective Natural Medicines from these plants, e.g. teas, different medicinal oils and ointments and tinctures. We will also produce different medicinal soaps, medicinal charcoal, black stones for scorpion stings and snake bites and learn how to use several simple technologies.
  • The treatments of many medical complaints and diseases, including malaria, skin problems, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS, and wounds.
  • The influence of good nutrition and lifestyle on health.
Photo of George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings at a Natural Medicines Training Seminar

George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings

Sr Francisca shows plants in her garden to other participants during Natural Medicines seminar May 2018

Sr Francisca shows plants in her garden to other participants during Natural Medicines seminar May 2018

The Expectations

Following the seminar, we expect the participants to be able to:

  • create their own garden of medicinal plants,
  • prepare their own natural medicines,
  • treat themselves, their families and others within their area of competence, and
  • teach their families, colleagues, and others in their communities

Seminar Details

Where: Subiaco Centre,  Karen, a suburb of Nairobi. This is a Roman Catholic centre run by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters, with self-contained rooms, a beautiful ambiance, and a well established medicinal garden. It is located about 2 km from Karen centre along Windy Ridge.

Date: 4 pm on Sunday 5th May – 2 pm Saturday 11th May 2019.

Cost: KSh 38,000/- or equivalent for the one-week seminar.
(This is an all-inclusive price, and includes food, accommodation, books, some seeds, a T-shirt, a poster and all seminar materials, but excludes transport to and from the venue. Any insurance required remains the responsibility of the participant)

Tutors: Rev Rosalia Oyweka, Dr. Roger Sharland, and Pst George Matengo.

Contact Details

If you are interested in attending please contact:

REAP Administrator: Mrs Anne Sigei

Email: reapke@gmail.com

Phone: +254 (0)707 495709 or +254 (0)722 737429.

 ** Book soon to reserve a place!

Download Invitation

To download a pdf of an invitation to this seminar, please click here:

Letter of invitation to the May 2019 Natural Medicines Seminar