New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, an island not to itself, but by itself. This seclusion has resulted in an amazing example of extraordinary flora and fauna. Aside from the incredible wildlife and sweeping views, New Zealand is home to over 2000 unique plants that have had the interest of the natural medicine and herbal remedy crowds for a long time. One plant in particular, horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) has been of specific interest due to its demonstrated ability at fighting harmful organisms, including fungus andCandida albicans.
What are the Benefits of Active Horopito?
Although horopito has been cited as having antioxidant activity, most of the excitement surrounding it is due to it containing a compound called polygodial. Polygodial has been extensively researched and repeatedly shown to be toxic to many harmful organisms; both alone and when used in combination with other herbs.
The Department of Environmental Science at the University of California Berkeley has reported many significant findings concerning polygodial. Researchers there evaluated the in vitro activity of polygodial and reported that it demonstrated strong and fast fungicidal activity against candida albicans. When conditions are acidic, polygodial’s defense against fungi sharply increases. 
Active Horopito and Anise Seed
Although polygodial is extremely noteworthy on its own, it also performs well in tandem. When it’s combined with anethole, the active ingredient in anise seed, the efficacy of polygodial goes through the roof. Whereas polygodial attacks harmful organisms at a molecular level, actually punching holes directly through cell membranes and infiltrating cells directly to initiate its vengeance, anethole’s role is to prevent the attacked cells from recovering. A combination of both compounds produces a one-two punch that is toxic against fungus. 
Researchers at TMC Hospital in Shizuoka, Japan observed this effect when evaluating a polygodial-anethole compound against multiple fungal pathogens, including candida. Not only was the compound effective, no adverse effects were reported. 
Supplementing with Active Horopito
If you’re one of the 80 million Americans who suffer from a form of yeast infection, I recommend cleansing your body and supplementing with the herbs that have proven effective at fighting fungus and yeast overgrowth. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, only invest in supplements that are produced using non-toxic, organic means. Herbs like horopito have their advantages but if they are grown in toxic conditions and pumped full of pesticides you may be better off without it!
Oooh its exciting to enjoy the Melbourne Cup especially with Kiwi horse tipped to take the cup this year! Unfortunately, most of us have to work throughout the day and end up having a couple of crisps and dips during the lead up and celebrations.
So to spice up your afternoon spread try a couple of these dishes, that take minimal time, effort and money!
Pumpkin Horopito Hummus
500g crown pumpkin • 2 crushed garlic cloves • ½ can butter beans • Rhayne *horopito wild herb seasoning • 3 Tablespoons Avocado oil • 50g pumpkin seeds, roasted • squeeze of lime
1. Cut the pumpkin into small sized chunks and roast in an oven at 180 celcius with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and Rhayne horopito seasoning until tender.
2. Remove skins from the garlic and puree the pumpkin mix along with the butter beans , avocado oil and add a squeeze of lime. To thin the hummus use some hot water.
3. Taste and adjust horopito seasoning to your liking. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds. Enjoy.
Horopito is New Zealand's native pepper tree, sustainable, hand-picked from NZ native bush.These herb salt & pepper seasonings are chefs and home cooks best friend.
Made in New Zealand with native spice and organic sea salt, freshly ground peppercorns; Makrut lime leaves. Provide a new addition to the spice rack.
Guaranteed to be a talking point at the next BBQ, with Makrut Lime Leaf Salt suited with seafood and curries, with Horopito suited to meats and game.
Hunters and Fisherman are impressed with our lime, porcini and horopito subtle flavours to enhance their rewarding catch. Rhayne products are a great way to enhance the dishes you already prepare in your kitchen.
The Horopito bushes must be at least five years old before they are harvested.
Our horopito infused honey is hand extracted using humane methods that don’t stress or agitate our bees.
We do NOT heat our honey. Heating honey kills the naturally occurring enzymes that make honey so wonderful and great for your body.
Commercial beekeepers often heat honey to speed up efficiency - as the hotter honey is, the easier it is to pour when bottling.
At Rhayne we know that good things take time. We never filter. We gently strain our honey by hand, removing chunks of wax and making sure that we keep all the natural goodness in, whilst blending with horopito to create a "sweet heat".
this is taken from New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and Whakauae Research for Māori Health & Development presented the results of the 2017 project - Cultural, Ethical, Research, Legal & Scientific (CERLS) Issues of Rongoā Māori Research.
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