Health and Wellness: Erna's Garden

Updated: Dec 6, 2020


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Erna’s Garden is a family-owned herbal business based in Suriname, the World's greenest country!! Suriname shares the Amazon Forest with neighboring countries, Guyana, French Guiana, and Brazil. According to REDD+, Suriname is a high forest cover (93%) and low deforestation country, otherwise known as an HFLD (High Forest cover, Low deforestation) country.

So it was only natural for Crystabelle Beaton to have an interest in the forestry that sprouted all around her. Most Surinamese people use plants for healing purposes and even cultivate gardens in their yards. However, some are more gifted in the craft than others and are sought after by people in the community. Her mother, Erna Antoinette Julia Bijnaar, was such a person. From her mother, she learned how to plant, harvest, and utilize the many plants that grew in their family garden.

In 2009, she created her company Erna’s Garden, which now operates out of her childhood home.

The company produces high-quality plant-based products in an environmentally friendly way. Their products are grown without the use of artificial nutrients or pesticides. They cultivate and process the following plants into herbal tea sachets, capsules, juices, and or powders. Which are then sold at local markets around the country.


MARVA (Lippia Alba)

Marva is commonly found in South, Central, and North America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

This plant, which belongs to the Verbenaceae family, has angular stems and purple or white flowers.

In Suriname, the leaves of the plant are utilized by ingenious and maroon tribes who live in the interior of the country.

Marva is known to possess antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and blood purifying properties.

In addition to its healing properties, Marva smells wonderful and tastes even better!!!


Moringa Oleifera is a fast-growing nut tree that grows best in dry sandy soil in warm countries. The flowers of Moringa Oleifera are white and the leaves are green.

Each component of the Moringa Oleifera serves a purpose:

  1. Partially Grown Fruits - Edible

  2. Seeds - Edible and used to extract oil

  3. Flowers- Edible (cooked)

  4. Roots- Flavor enhancer for meals

Most importantly, Moringa Oleifra has many medicinal uses!!

In recent years, Moringa has gained popularity amongst the health and wellness community, as it has exceptionally high nutritional values and supports general health.

Moringa Oleifera is rich in:

  • Vitamin C (7 times more than in orange)

  • Vitamin A (4 times more than in carrots)

  • Calcium (4 times more than in milk)

  • Potassium (3 times more than in bananas)

  • Proteins (2 times more than in yogurt)

  • Magnesium and Iron (25 times more than in spinach)

  • Chlorophyll (4 times more than in Wheatgrass)


Soursop is a superfood plant packed with many healthy substances. Such as vitamins, proteins, and minerals. The pulp of Soursop fruit contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Zinc, and Beta-Carotene. The combination of these nutrients promotes eye health and can prevent eye disease.

Soursop products are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with low blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, heart disease. Soursop should not be combined with St. John's wort, MAO inhibitors, or antidepressants.


Surinamese Cacao is rich in various flavors, aromas, antioxidants, and magnesium. The health properties of Cacao work best in its rawest form. However, Raw Cacao is not very palatable as it is s slightly more acidic and drier than chocolate.

Thus people mostly prefer to consume cacao products in refined forms such as tea and candy. Cocoa Tea comes from the husks (Cocoa bean shells) of dried and roasted cocoa beans. Traditionally, people in Suriname drink cacao tea to address anemia issues.

Nibs are another component derived from the breaking, drying, and roasting of cocoa beans. They are the small chunks of pure, raw Cocoa to which no sugars or flavor enhancers have. Raw cacao nibs are crunchy, flavorful, and packed with healthy and powerful nutrients. A true chocolate treat for lovers.

Unable to get enough of those Cocoa products? Well, that’s because eating Cocoa can increase the presence of Anandamide, phenylethylamine, endorphins, and serotonin in your body. These chemicals provide a boost of energy and a sense of pleasure.


Noni is a fruit-bearing tree. Its plant contains a total of more than 60 health-promoting substances. Which includes:

  1. Amino Acids and Enzymes

  2. Valuable Fatty Acids

  3. Minerals

Trace elements of:

  1. Vitamins

  2. Essential oils and Glycoside

The Noni fruit contains an essential level of Zinc. Which strengthens the immune system, relieves acne, Wilson's disease, and helps with infertility. The juice of Noni fruit provides an energy boost, allowing people can cope with stress. For one to get the best effect from Noni products, he/she would take it regularly

To learn more about Erna's Garden, visit their Facebook page.

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