Albertha's Garden: All Natural Caribbean ProductsWednesday, July 03, 2013
Today I wanted to tell you about Albertha's Garden. I had the wonerful privilege of meeting the owners of Albertha's Garden at the May Keziah Connections and wanted to find out more about their Caribbean Inspired and All Natural nutmeg products from Grenada.
At AfroDeity we are always on the look out for Caribbean products and particular those that are ethically sourced and Albetha's Garden falls right into that category. All Albertha’s Garden products are natural and handmade. The nutmeg is picked from from family land in Greneda and the nutmeg oil from the nutmeg factories in Grenada. The nutmegs, nutmeg oil and nutmeg butter are brought over to the UK and then the process of making these products is started.
I was able to purchase an Exfoliating Soap, Body Butter and Body Wash which I still use now and are so soothing. My skin feels so smooth and refreshed and I look forward to having a shower so much more now. When you have eczema sometimes bathing can make your skin feel sore and irritated. Now I actually enjoy having a shower.
The Nutmeg and Peppermint Soap that I tried had strawberry seeds in it to exfoliate the skin. Unlike other exfoliators this was not harsh and was not slippery and drying like conventional soaps. My only problem was that I didnt have a soap dish, easy rectified with a quick trip to Wilko. LOL! I used this every third day and the body wash every day in between.
On leaving the shower I let my skin dry naturally (sometimes i spray my skin with witch hazel and then let it dry) and used the Nutmeg and Peppermint body butter (The Nutmeg & Peppermint one did smell quite medicinal but I plan to try the Wild Strawberry one next. I assume this will be a sweeter smell and the reviews for this one in particular are very good). My skin felt amazing and soothed all day. I sealed it all in with Fountain Pimento Oil which complimented this nicely. Used this for 3 weeks and it is my new favourite body butter.
This product has made my shower experience so much more enjoyable. The product doesnt have as much slip as your traditional body wash and I actually liked that. The other great thing was that a small amount in your hand could lather up your entire body. SLS and Paraben Free an great value for money.
About the Family behind Albertha's Garden
Albertha’s Garden is a family run business; and we love that. Starting from the hand picked nutmeg from their Grandad’s Garden right through to the production of the products. They all get involved.
"The concept of Albertha’s Garden started when we were first alerted to the ingredients being put into the products we used on our children Our son had a Melanoma on his thumb which resulted in a quarter of his thumb being removed. Our daughter had severe eczema and everything we tried just would not work. Without naming names, we tried all the typical products prescribed by the Doctor.
These products would work for a short while and then the eczema would return, even more aggressively. After that we were forced to try something even stronger than the previous product. It was like a never ending cycle. Our daughter felt like a guinea pig, can you imagine the frustration? Nothing was working. There had to be another way.
The big turnaround happened after a visit to Grandad’s garden in Grenada, West Indies
Grandad’s garden wasn’t your typical garden but more like acres and acres of land which grew the most exotic fruits, flowers and of course, nutmeg.
We learned that Nutmeg has so many natural healing properties including: soothing skin problems, relieve of arthritic pain, aid nausea and a natural preservative, which help to preserve the skin.
We discovered that the locals would combine the nutmeg butter with Petroleum Jelly and use that concoction as treatment for skin problems.
This experience marked the birth of Albertha’s Garden. We knew that we wanted, in some way to harness the properties of nutmeg to its fullest potential. So we decided to make personal care products with nutmeg as our main ingredient.
The products we made greatly helped relieve our daughter’s eczema. We now no longer use those products prescribed by the Doctor at all.
We picked the nutmeg from Grandad’s land; we got the nutmeg oil from the nutmeg factories in Grenada, brought the nutmegs, nutmeg oil and nutmeg butter over to the UK and then started the process of making these products."
Such a great story behind a great set of products. We really enjoyed using these and hope you will too! Dont forget these products are suitable for the whole family.
You can find Albertha's Garden on the AfroDeity Store amongst all our other ethically sourced Caribbean products. We hope you love them as much as we do!
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