Nature's medicine chest is an ongoing discovery of old and new herbs tried and tested over centuries by different cultures around the world. Originally collected from the wild, the best plants were selected, cultivated and shared.
Our medicinal garden at Babylonstoren includes a range of beautiful species – some more powerful, aromatic, rare or even dangerous than others, but all with an interesting story worth discovering. The central layout of the garden follows the form of the human body with herbs to heal head, heart, lungs, digestive system, organs, skin, bones and feet. The trees planted in this garden are some of the “giants” in African healing traditions. Herbs along the outer wall follow the seasons, summer to winter, specially selected to heal, soothe and balance the body through the time-honoured pleasure of tea.
We invite you to enjoy this Healing Garden as a quiet space, where you can slow down and blend herbal teas as guided by our gardener Gundula. Guests are seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo structure, where a selection of savoury and sweet confections is served to complement the infusions created by each one. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients are used and great care is taken in the preparation.
For the ultimate tickle, do not go before dipping your toes in the pond to experience the nibbling Garra rufa fish while reflecting on the moment and aiming to balance pleasure and health.
Tea rituals take place at 9h30, 10h30 and 14h00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our Healing Garden is a restful place for quiet reflection and tranquillity. Regrettably children under the age of 10 years are not permitted.
The tea ritual costs R290 per person for groups of 6 to 8 people and a 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. Should you wish to bring a group of more than 8 people, please note that your group will be divided to attend the different ritual times.
Reservations are weather dependent and booking is essential. Reservations open two months in advance and can be made between the hours of 8h00 and 17h00 on +27 (0)21 863 3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority will be given to hotel guests for tea ritual bookings.
Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are roughly surfaced and not intended for high heels.