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Discover the Karoo’s Herbal Wonders with Antoinette Pienaar’s Website, Kruie Kraai Koning

Karoo Herbs

The Griqua's ApprenticeKruidjie roer myIt took Afrikaans actress Antoinette Pienaar almost 40 years to find him, but when she finally did Oom Johannes Willemse started teaching her all about the healing herbs of the Karoo. Their story is encapsulated in Pienaar’s book, The Griqua’s Apprentice / Kruidjie roer my.

For more information on herbs and cures, don’t miss Pienaar’s herbal remedy website, Kruie Kraai Koning.

Deep in the heart of the Great Karoo of South Africa, at the foot of a mountain without an official name, a Griqua herbalist is teaching a white woman to heal people with herbs. Oom (uncle) Johannes Willemse, already in his nineties, was a little annoyed that it took well-known Afrikaans actress Antoinette Pienaar nearly 40 years to find him – he had been dreaming for decades that she would be the one to help him pass on his knowledge.

When she arrived at Theefontein, the sheep farm owned by her second cousin Jacques Pienaar, in 2001, Antoinette was severely weakened after contracting cerebral malaria in West Africa – but she decided to stay on at the farm to be healed by the Karoo and its herbs.

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