Throughout the world and well into the 1900’s, the use of herbal remedies was common. Depending on the region, specific plants were used for specific ailments.
Natural remedies were passed down from generation to generation as many people could not afford pharmaceutical drugs or to see a doctor.
During the last century, the chemical industry was able to synthesize most natural remedies using chemical compounds, also known as pharmaceutical remedies.
Magic Balm is based on the recipe that was used by many generations of the Maertens family in Bruges, Belgium. This recipe survived the “chemicalization” of natural remedies as it is believed that pure, natural remedies have superior healing abilities.
In the Maertens family, the herbal cream became known as Metje’s zalf (grandmother’s cream), as it was usually the grandmother who maintained the tradition of making cream and applying it for the rest of the family. Aside from the natural ingredients, her tender loving care may have given the cream its extra healing power.
Gwen Miller is a foot reflexology therapist. She loves nature, obsessed with the study of medicinal value of flowers and the efficacy of plant remedies — the pursuit of natural advocates.
In 1994, she met one of the the descendants of the Maertens family: Nobert Maertens. They both love nature and like living in a natural environment.
Nobert Maertens shared the secret family recipe with Gwen Miller, and she continued to study the uniqueness of the secret materials and how they might be improved.