My interest in health began at a young age. I can recall being teased by my teenage peers about always eating homemade muesli and yoghurt for breakfast and consistently choosing ‘the healthy option’. As a young mom, I recall reading every book on nutrition which I could lay my hands on. At the age of 30, I trained as an Ozone Therapist and shortly thereafter, decided to take the leap and study Clinical Nutrition. At the end of 2006 I decided to relocate my health business and took on a new premises at 74 Main Street in Howick. The ample space gave me the excuse I needed to expand my offerings to include wholefoods and some herbal teas.
The Health Nut
It wasn’t long before this grew into a small health store, with a range of natural supplements and some herbal tinctures. At that point I started a small consulting practise within The Health Nut with the vision to help people to adopt healthier lifestyles.
The next step was to identify a tool which could remove the guess work commonly associated with nutritional consulting. Live Blood Analysis was and still is my tool of choice for assessing the ‘terrain’ of one’s health for nutritional deficiencies and imbalances.
I later decided to further my studies and chose Naturopathic Nutrition, enrolling with the College of Natural Medicine in Ireland. I embraced the Functional Medicine approach taught to me by CNM wholeheartedly and still enjoy observing the benefits my clients continue to derive from this progressive healing model.
A New Premises
When St. John’s launched the new shopping centre, it was the obvious progression for my business to take up space in the new Lifestyle Centre, which is focussed on clean, healthy living.
Now nearly 14 years since our humble beginnings as The Health Nut, we proudly carry the largest selection of carefully selected health products in KZN. Each range has been selected by me personally for its purity and although we carry products from all over the world, we are currently on a drive to prioritise our locally sourced ranges.
A New Name
We are delighted to announce our name change to Renée’s Health Shop. I couldn’t be more proud to attach my name to a business that represents everything I consider important. Renée’s Health Shop is not only where one can receive the best natural health advice by a team of ladies who are all passionate about health, but also where you will find a vast offering of natural products to support you on your health journey.
Where to from here? With a special interest in herbal medicine, I have started to formulate my own blends of herbs to support specific health issues, which are commonly seen. You will start to see more and more of Renée’s Herbal Blends creeping onto our shelves.
That’s not all… in keeping with the direction in which the world is moving, we are excited to announce that we are now offering our amazing range of health products online.