Today John the Farmer is fermenting some herbs.

Sceletium tortuosum is a rare succulent plant that has medicinal properties that relieves anxiety and lifts depression in those with a serotonin imbalance.

It is used by the first people of South Africa, the Khoikhoi and the San during hunting expeditions as it reduces appetite and increases stamina.

It can be chewed, drank as tea or snuffed with different effects according to the method taken.

It is prepared traditionally by fermenting and then drying the herb.

It occurs in the karroo regions of the western cape, typically growing prostrate under the shade of other bushes and trees.

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