As old as Thyme…

 In a new world of chemicals and global warming we are becoming more and more aware of the fact that we need to take care of the Earth for sustainable future.  To make sure that the future looks bright lets take a look back in thyme… to a safe feeling that our Grandmothers & Grandfathers had when they used ingredients straight out of the soil for home and skincare.  Try to find things in Nature and in your own backyard to use around the home…and let us know what other eco-friendly things you can think of to use in our homes and skincare…

soap nuts

soap nuts

 Here is a more eco-friendly way to do laundry: 

 
MAKING SOAPNUT LIQUID (aka soap nut juice):
Add about 100g (about 2 handfuls) of Soap Nut Shells to approximately 3 Liters of
water.  Bring to boil, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. The boiling process
extracts the saponin from the nut shells and combines with the water. Let it steep
overnight. Strain into appropriate container and compost the remaining shells.  You
now have a concentrated, chemical free detergent that can then be used as a laundry
detergent, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, car wash, liquid soap, pet shampoo, washing
up liquid or any other things you would normally clean with a liquid. Experiment with
longer boil times and water to shell ratios for stronger and weaker concentrations.  
You can also save up soapnuts used in your washing machine and use them to make
the liquid – there is still a lot of saponin to be extracted by boiling after they are no
longer useful for laundry.
 
soapwort root

soapwort root

SOAP WORT:  A natural lather can be made from the leaves, stems, flowers and roots. When boiled in water it releases saponins and produces a slippery substance which has the power to lift grease and dirt.
Soapwort was once used in the wool industry for cleaning new wool. Museums still use it to lift surface dirt gently from fragile antique textiles and paintings. It is a good cleaning product for delicate silk garments, upholstery and tapestries
 
SUDBURY HILL:  Herbal medicine

SUDBURY HILL: Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine practitioners today usually focus on dried plants and plant extracts, and recommend a wide variety as single herbs or in prescriptions sometimes containing ten or twenty herbs. A well-trained herbalist might be familiar with the traditional uses and safety profiles of one hundred, and in some cases as many as 300 different herbs. Increasingly, many herbalists are also versed in the published scientific literature detailing the efficacy and safety of dozens of popular herbal remedies.

All parts of plants are used for medicine, including fruits, leaves, bark, and roots. The knowledge of exactly what part of a plant to harvest and what time of year is best is considered one key to successful practice, and this knowledge has been passed down in written form, or by word of mouth, from generation to generation.

Dried or fresh plants are harvested from the wild or on farms, then dried, and processed into many different types of herbal medicines, including teas, alcoholic extracts called tinctures, creams and salves to be applied externally, and a large array of tablets and capsules. Today herbal medicines can be found in convenience stores, supermarkets, health food stores, and most pharmacies.

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The Root of the Word…

Sudbury Hill:  Roots of the Words...

Sudbury Hill: Roots of the Words...

Sudbury Hill: a peaceful place for growth

Sudbury Hill: a peaceful place for growth

Rooted in our hearts

Rooted in our hearts

How do you define a place filled with passion?  When we first started out with the idea of starting a business things kinda carried on for a while without a name.  Our bottle was getting fuller and fuller and it was time to label it.  And so SUDBURY HILL was born.  It denotes a quiet place where, if you open your heart, you will hear the plants grow (and if you let them they will sprout, climb, and root deep within your heart) which is what happened to us.  This is why manufacturing botanical body products is so fulfilling for us.  It’s almost magical…naturally.
This little statue, by artist Susan Lordi from Willow Tree, was given to me by someone very special.  It proudly stands above the fireplace in our small-town home in Potchefstroom South Africa.  Next to some of our Botanical books it is a representation of what we hold dear.
Sudbury Hill:  A cupboard of memories

Sudbury Hill: A cupboard of memories

 SUDBURRY HILL:  A feeling of nostalgia.  I can think of no better place to start out than in my home town, Potchefstroom.  A small town just outside of Johannesburg South Africa.  Not to far from the busy city and close to the abundance of nature’s harvest’s.  Using fresh herbs and roots straight out of the ground is one of the most warming feelings I can think of especially when it’s the same soil I used to walk on,on my way to school.  And now it’s the same soil we are using to grow a seed.  A seed that will one day become a tree with many branches all over South Africa…and maybe, just maybe, the world.

 Apothecary:  Photo by Todd Burley

Apothecary: Photo by Todd Burley

Apothecary is a historical name for a medical professional – a role now served by a pharmacist. 

Sudbury Hill:  Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner

Sudbury Hill: Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner

In its investigation of Herbal and chemical ingredients, the work of the apothecary may be regarded as a precursor of the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology, prior to the formulation of the scientific method. 

Botanical Studies

Botanical Studies

Botanical:  Botany, Plant science or Plant biology is a branch of biology that involves the SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF PLANT LIFE.  Botany began with early human efforts to identify edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, making it one of the oldest sciences.

Sudbury Hill:  Herbalism

Sudbury Hill: Herbalism

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Anatomy of a seed: Behind the scenes of Sudbury Hill’s concoctions for a beautiful website…launching very soon.

Anatomy of a seed:   Behind the scenes of Sudbury Hill’s concoctions for a beautiful website…launching very soon.

Much like scattering around to find the perfect ingredients for herbal ointments, so it is with setting up for a photo-shoot. The fact that both of these efforts take place in the kitchen puts a smile on my face because it’s my favourite place to make things happen (and where margaritas are made!)

Behind the scenes: Sudbury Hill website photos

Behind the scenes: Sudbury Hill website photos

Behind the scenes: Sudbury Hill website photos

Behind the scenes: Sudbury Hill website photos

Welcome to our workspace.  This is where we spend hours mixing, brewing, experimenting, infusing, moulding, solidifying, and making our body products for your enjoyment and health. 

We hope that you enjoy the sneak-peak photos.

“We reap what we sow, both in Nature and in the garden of our mind” – Elaine Wilkens.

concoction for a beautiful website:  Launching very soon

concoction for a beautiful website: Launching very soon

Anatomy of a seed:  Sudbury Hill

Anatomy of a seed: Sudbury Hill

Rosemary & White tea shampoo:  Rosemary stimulates hair follicles to renewed activity and is effective against dandruff, leaving hair shiny.

Rosemary & White tea shampoo: Rosemary stimulates hair follicles to renewed activity and is effective against dandruff, leaving hair shiny.

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The seed…

Botanical Bath Oil

Thyme & Gardenia Bath Oil

The seed…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. With the end of summer just around the corner we are delighted to announce the arrival of Nature’s purest gifts to keep us healthy and glowing during the cold winter months…and for the rest of the seasons to follow for years to come.

Presenting;   the finest Botanical Body Products by Sudbury Hill.

We are crafters in the art of botanical skin care.  Priding ourselves, and  mother Nature, on making the most exquisite Bath Oils, Bath Salts, Body Butter, Lotion and Cream, Soaps, Hand washes,  Shampoos and Conditioners.  Our products are made with natural ingredients such us real Plants, Herbs, and Extracts.  There are no artificial colourants added.  The colour our products take on is a completely natural process and there for unique.  These gifts from Nature come in beautiful glass packaging which is 100% recyclable for a more substainable lifestyle.

I can think of no better healing agents than those which might be growing in your garden right now.  Adding, mixing and infusing them all to create remarkable remedies.  Add a few drops of Lemon verbena & Ginger Oil to a warm bath and inhale to relieve sinus congestion.  Feeling depressed?  Add Lavender & Mulberry Oil to lift the spirit.  Thyme & Gardenia Oil added to a warm bath and inhaled relieves coughing and common chest ailments.  Use Rosemary & White tea Bath Oil to rejuvenate the mind and sharpen the memory.

This knowledge of herbs and plants have been passed down from a time of Natural Beauty, and living in an ever increasingly busy world, it might be time to slow down and smell the herbs.  Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy and spoiling yourself, and the environment, with botanical products by Sudbury Hill will do wonders for your soul while leaving your skin beautifully scented and naturally healthy.

On a hill top, lies a seed.  Patiently waiting to become a tree…

Botanical extracts

Botanical extracts

Thyme & Gardenia Bath Oil and Rosemary & white tea Bath Salt

Thyme & Gardenia Bath Oil and Rosemary & white tea Bath Salt

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