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Herbs for healthy living

Herbs and spices make food tastier while also boosting one’s health, according to nutrition experts.

Herbs for healthy living

Pauline Njoroge (55), a single mother of two, discovered her passion for herbs after experiencing heart and blood pressure problems.

Faulu Bank in 2009, she began working as a bank employee. She decided to start selling natural supplements like hibiscus, eucalyptus, and moringa to maintain her health and to also address the cost of her medication.

“I stopped working at the bank in 2009 to focus on selling supplements and herbs that my sister introduced me to, because I could not afford medication which used to cost me around Sh10,000 every time I would visit the doctors for my ailment,” says Ms. Njoroge.

Ms. Njoroge lives in Kwambira, Limuru County. She was participating in a farmers Expo. KNA learned that she had joined her sister in selling herbal product. It has now become her full-time business that she has been operating for the last ten year.

“We mainly focus on selling, ginger, moringa, chia seeds, turmeric, hibiscus, eucalyptus and baobab and our current focus market is at the Kenol in Zambezi area and Kiambu town.

The business dubbed, “Three Hebrews” does not only benefit those who use the products but they have gone beyond and often given advice to citizenry on the benefits of the herbs.

“We do this to help those who are undergoing the struggles of health issues just as I did,” she says.

Ms Njoroge further said however some people are always in a hurry to see results but taking of herbs should be a continuous exercise and those who are patient are able to reap the benefits.

In Kenya she says, there is a significant number of pharmacological options including over dependence on the counter medications that sometimes result in the body’s immunity system resisting but this she says can been avoided by use of  herbs and supplements  that can be a remedy for some of lifestyle diseases that affect people.

During the COVID-19 period in 2020, demand of supplements increased as it was recommended by the World Health Organization Tio (WHO) to aid in boosting the body’s immunity.

Ms Njoroge said that they expanded their business when COVID was introduced. This shows Kenyans are beginning to recognize the importance of herbs in improving health.

Most herbs are grown locally, she explained. They get them at different farms in the country and then process them in clean conditions before selling them.

“Three Hebrews’ products are approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards and our products are sufficient and we also deliver to both supermarkets and hotels.

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines, Ms Njoroge stated, explaining that her business has also encountered challenges such as doubt from people especially when it comes to convincing people who are dependent on prescribed drugs.

For those who listen, they tell them that their market is for the small-to-medium class who want to purchase their products in small quantities. They also have a niche in terms of distribution.

“This business has also its advantage as I am able to bring up a healthy family and provide for them too. My children are doing well in school and the herbs help in developing their minds,” she stated.

Ms Njoroge focuses on herbs like moringa, whose leaves have more vitamins than normal oranges and more potassium that bananas.

“This herb manages both type 1 and 2 diabetes and builds on muscles while baobab supplement has fiber content that helps in digestive health and balancing sugar levels.”

Ms. Njoroge claims that she makes between Sh7, 000 and Sh10, 000 per day on a good day. She hopes to be able to open a large company that distributes herbs not only locally, but internationally, in the next five-years.

She asked the government to facilitate cleaning machines for some herbal products, such as chia seeds, to avoid relying on other countries. At the same time, she encouraged Kenyans to use herbs and supplements.

There is a growing demand for herbs, spices and healthy lifestyles. In Kiambu county, the number of farmers who grow herbs and spices has increased.

KNA Team

Source: kenyanews

By Chala Dandessa

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