Khoelife founder, Dr. Yvette Abrahams, holds a doctorate in history from the University of Cape Town.
“My interest in local plants started many years before I studied at university. As a child I loved gardening with my mother and already in the long ago days when I lived in Mitchell’s Plain running arts and culture projects, I was fascinated by indigenous plants. Truth be told, though I love talking, I love doing even more, and plants were a way to connect to my indigenous heritage without necessarily using words.”
Khoelife came about because Yvette’s health problem, Psoriasis (a skin disease usually marked by red scaly patches). After seeing a number of doctors including her father who is a medical doctor, the Psoriasis continued to trouble her, despite the use of Western Medicine.
The KhoeSan survived for centuries without modern medicine and used buchu for a number of ailments – the buchu tree only grows in the Western Cape. With her indigenous knowledge, Yvette began experimenting on herself and cured the psoriasis. She then began, in a small way, making organic buchu body lotions and soaps, which she would give away to family and friends. The more she gave away, the more the demand grew for the buchu products and this was the beginning of the Khoelife business in 2013.
For more info and interesting reading on creating soaps, organic living and more, visit Yvette’s blog at www.khoelife.com