Healing Earth Supports Starfish for Sofia

We joined forces with our parter The Urban Spa to celebrate ‪Global Wellness Day‬ by raising funds for Starfish for Sofia while introducing clients to the spa’s wellness offering.

Starfish for Sofia was started by Claire Campbell after her 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, drowned in a koi pond last December. All ticket sales, as well as 10% of the day’s retail sales, were donated to the charity.

We are so proud to have been involved in the worthwhile and enjoyable event.

Traveller 24 Enjoys Our Retreat at Abalone House & Spa

Selene Brophy from Traveller24 enjoyed visiting the Healing Earth Retreat at Abalone House & Spa as part of the Winter Indulgence Package. Read the full review here.

Great Review of Our New Spa at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

We’re honoured that our new little spa at the quaint yet luxurious Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel has been hailed as offering this TripAdvisor reviewer’s best massage yet! Read the full review here.
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel Healing Earth Spa

Over 10 000 Likes on Facebook!

We’re thrilled to have exceeded the coveted 10 000 Facebook fans mark, and the page is still growing exponentially on a daily basis. Make sure you join the online community to keep up to date with all things Healing Earth, and to stand a chance to win the wonderful monthly hamper giveaways!

Healing Earth at No5 Boutique Art Hotel Nominated for World Luxury Spa Awards

We are so proud to announce that yet another of our flagships spas – the Healing Earth Retreat at No5 Boutique Art Hotel in Port Elizabeth – has been nominated for the 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards! We are so proud of Zelda and her hardworking team, and will keep you updated regarding competition developments!

The Elisabeth Brandt Story

Traditional African medicine has roots as deep as the thousands of medicinal plants found on the continent, and it was these that Elisabeth Brandt tapped into when she arrived in South Africa at the end of the 1990s. ‘I’d studied local healing techniques in Bali, India and Thailand, and had seen first-hand how effective indigenous treatments could be, but to the best of my knowledge no one in the spa industry had really explored African healing traditions and I was interested to see how much potential there was,’ she recalls.

Almost immediately, this took on personal significance in her life, when her young daughter was diagnosed with serious neurodermatitis. After doing the usual rounds of doctors and specialists, with little result, Elisabeth consulted Medicinal Plants of South Africa by Nigel Gericke, Ben-Erik van Wyk and Bosch van Oudtshoorn, and treated her daughter’s condition with African star grass (also known as African potato). ‘Her condition improved dramatically,’ she says, ‘so I decided to come up with a concept that would draw on Africa’s healing ingredients and traditions.’
This was the genesis of Healing Earth, although it would take several more years before Elisabeth launched her signature range. Elisabeth was born close to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, and studied law and tourism at the university there. As a young adult, she travelled widely in the East, observing and studying traditional medicines and therapies in their native environments. Later, she entered the hospitality industry in Europe, and in the late 1990s moved to South Africa to open one of the country’s first five- star spas, the Sérénité Wellness Centre in Cape Town.
‘We took a very holistic approach, offering yoga, meditation, detox and life coaching, which was new in South Africa at the time,’ Elisabeth says.

The success of the Sérénité Wellness Centre led to Elisabeth’s involvement in the establishment of the Santé Wellness Centre in the Stellenbosch winelands, and this in turn opened new doors for her. ‘It didn’t make sense to me that we were offering fantastic organic foods and detox programmes, while the products used in our spa treatments were full of parabens and other synthetic ingredients,’ she says. ‘So I started researching alternatives, and came up with a pinotage grapeseed oil, using ingredients sourced from local farmers.’ This, Elisabeth developed into a range of pinotage vinotherapy products, which became one of Healing Earth’s two flagship ranges.
Pinotage is a facial and body range that leverages the strong antioxidant qualities of vitamin C, vitamin E and free-radical fighter proanthocyanidins found in the seeds, skin and leaves of South Africa’s signature red wine grape. The body range, Earth Soul, harnesses the medicinal powers of South Africa’s native plants, flowers and herbs, and includes oils, creams, butters, polishes, wraps and bath salts.

The science behind the ranges is sound: the products have been developed in close consultation with John Knowlton, an internationally renowned cosmetics-industry scientist, and tested by Dr John Hopkins, another leading scientist, to ensure they’re 100% toxin-free. ‘We don’t only use the well- established African ingredients of rooibos, marula and aloe ferox,’ says Elisabeth. ‘Every one of our products contains active ingredients that have been carefully researched and selected with a specific goal in mind – so, for example, we use Kalahari melon for its excellent moisturising properties, African ginger for firming and slimming, mongongo nut for detox, and coffee, orange and cinnamon for cellulite.’

The luxury natural and sustainable Healing Earth spa brand, which was launched in 2007, combines premium products and therapies with international training protocols and consultancy. It has quickly found its way into several top spas in South Africa and Namibia, and is being distributed in various countries around the world. G

Healing Earth prides itself on its holistic approach: not only do none of the products contain any potentially harmful, synthetic chemicals or artificial enhancers, dyes or fragrances, all the ingredients have either been organically grown on local farms or wild-harvested in a sustainable way. The packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible, using only biodegradable or recyclable materials.

The Sparkling Labyrinth Review

This lovely Durban blogger just can’t get enough of our Coffee, Cinnamon & Orange range!

Read her thoughts on the products here.

Healing Earth Lauded by Spa Business Magazine

Read about our founder Elisabeth’s sustainable vision in this great article by Spa Business Magazine.
Healing Earth Elisabeth Brandt Spa Business Magazine

Our Body Balms Spa & Wellness Association of Africa Favourites

We’re always honoured when our products are featured in some of the titles we admire.

The Spa & Wellness Association of Africa particularly likes our African Potato and Marula & Neroli balms!

Here’s why.

Healing Earth Spa Association of Africa

Healing Earth Gets the Spa & Wellness Association of Africa Stamp of Approval

We love this comprehensive overview of our brand and flagship spas in the inaugural Spa & Wellness Association of Africa Magazine!

Find out all about how our philosophy aligns with the Association here.
Healing Earth Spa Association of Africa