Kawakawa – cough improver, tooth-ache reliever and headache buster

Dean Fountain

Clarity... begins at home.

Pharmacy and supermarket shelves are packed with a myriad of herbal remedies for common ailments, especially with winter on its way. 

On closer inspection these products are mostly derived from non indigenous plants, which have a long history of medicinal use in Europe. 

We need to embrace of NZ native plants.

For instance, Murdoch Riley’s book “Maori Healing and Herbal” has pages of medicinal information, reflecting the depth of Maori knowledge developed over centuries of observation and use.

These plant remedies are still widely used today, by both Maori and pakeha (non Maori) the ritual and spiritual aspects are still relevant in Maori communities.

But we don't use them??? I think knowing about their special properties enriches our experience of native plants, and provides another reason to keep biodiversity in Aotearoa.

Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum, or pepper tree)

Kawakawa is an easily recognized shrub, with aromatic, heart-shaped leaves, that grows widely in coastal regions. 

Kawakawa gives us a clue as to why the first arrivals here from Polynesia called it that. The leaves are like its relative, kava (Piper methysticum), used widely in the South Pacific, Kava has a narcotic effect.

Kawakawa leaves are highly valued for relieving bronchial complaints. Boil a handful of the fresh, young leaves in a small saucepan of water for 15-20 minutes, then drink half a cup of the liquid to relieve chesty coughs.

To make a distinguished tea, for use as a general tonic, it’s best to dry the leaves first, then use a small quantity in a teapot. It’s very good for relieving indigestion.

The fruits and leaves were chewed for toothache – swallow the saliva and keep the leaf matter in your mouth for some time. (The active ingredient is myristicin, which is related to eugenol, a dental analgesic)

Kawakawa leaves were commonly used in hot baths for rheumatic and arthritic pains.

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Food as Medicine - Lee Holmes

Dean Fountain

If you're looking at altering your current diet and lifestyle because it’s not working for you or have been feeling unwell, want to recover from illness, running low on energy or fatigued you have come to the right place.

Supercharged food will help you feel amazing and improve your health through diet and nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips. The main purpose of the website is to provide easy to prepare yummy recipes which are all gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free.

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Facts about Horopito medicinal properties

Dean Fountain

Horopito was historically bruised leaves where soaked in water and the decoction used to treat a Maori skin rash known as paipai.

The sap was known as a healing aid for gonorrhoea and skin eruptions.

For stomach ache a decoction of the boiled leaves was drunk.

Early settlers called this plant “Maori Pain Killer.

Known as “Bushman’s Pain Killer”. The leaves were chewed for toothache, and women rubbed them on their breasts when weaning their infants.

The inner bark, steeped in hot water, and applied to burns while still warm was reputed to leave no scars.

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FAQ's about Diatomaceous Earth

Dean Fountain

WHAT IS IT?

What is Love Your Gut Powder made from?

Love Your Gut Powder is organic Diatomaceous Earth – also known as Fossil Shell Flour (Amorphous Silica). Love Your Gut Powder is food-grade, meeting the strict criteria of Food Standards Australia & New Zealand.

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Common Questions about... Diatomaceous earth

Dean Fountain

 Diatomaceous earth

what is it?

Our powder, made from the finest naturopathic-grade Diatomaceous Earth in the world, is rich in absorbable iron, silica and other essential nutrients such as magnesium and calcium. It helps to gently sweep the gut and gently wipe it clean. We source our Diatomaceous Earth from the best source in the world, found in the United States, to ensure that it's the lightest and finest quality around, the Australian version just doesn't cut it when it comes to purity and quality!.

 

how do i use it?

All you need to do is put a tablespoon of my Love Your Gut Powder into a glass, mix it with water and drink it down.

watch video to get an idea https://youtu.be/NpwAJt8xiCs 

why should i use it?

A healthy gut is vital to your health. Your lower gastrointestinal tract is home to almost 100 trillion microorganisms, most of which, are bacteria. They are mostly, "good" bacteria that help us digest food and release the energy and nutrients we need. They also crowd out bacteria that can trigger disease. But when things go awry in our guts, they can also go awry with our immune system and in our brains which can lead to digestive problems, weight gain, depression, anxiety and further disease.

what does it taste of?

Diatomaceous Earth is flavourless, which means you can add it into daily meals and smoothies.

how long does a pack last?

Providing you use it everyday, one pack should last a month.

Is it safe?

Sure is.Take about one teaspoon of food grade diatomaceous earth with water once a day. It's best used on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating. Drink an additional cup of water after each dose to improve its effects.

Dangers?

Precaution should be taken with Diatomaceous Earth is around breathing the dust. It is an extremely fine powder similar to talcum powder and will cause a similar reaction to breathing talcum powder.

Naturally, keep the powder well away from your face when handling it and keep out of the reach of children.

 

Why you've never heard of it?

You may never have heard of diatomaceous earth before, but chances are you’ve consumed it. Common products contain diatomaceous earth like dusts, powders and pressurized liquids that are used on the outside of buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in human and pet foods.

It usually comes in the form of a white powder and is also used in water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products and farming to naturally eliminate viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out. It also has the ability to improve the body’s use of calcium, improve bone mineralisation, protect joints and fight effects of aging.

If you have any questions... simply drop us a line.

 

 

 

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Did you know? Nature Versus Pharmaceuticals

Dean Fountain

Anti-Candida Herb: Kolorex Horopito

An ancient herb backed by science: your answer to candida-related health problems

In 1982 scientists at the University of Canterbury discovered an extract from New Zealand’s horopito plant containing polygodial was more effective at killing Candida albicans than the powerful pharmaceutical anti-Candida drug, Amphotericin B.

Candida Kolorex Rhayne Horopito

The graph shows polygodial has a larger zone inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans and the zone is formed within 1 day. This means that polygodial has stronger and faster antifungal action than Amphotericin B.
(Reference: McCallion et al 1982. Planta Medica, vol 44, pp134-138)

Three years later Forest Herbs Research began developing ways to offer this ancient herb’s candida killing benefits to you in Kolorex’s horopito-based range of natural health products.

Years of Clinical Research

Kolorex products have been used in a number of clinical studies conducted over nearly 30 years.  These studies show that Kolorex provides fast, effective relief from an array of symptoms related to Candida overgrowth.

 

Study provided by Kolorex.com

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