Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito - Dr. Edward F. Group III

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 and Candida albicans.

fighting candida

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. [1] [2]

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. [3] [4] [5] [6]

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. [7]

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!

References (7)

  1. Kubo I, Fujita K, Lee SH, Ha TJ. Antibacterial activity of polygodial. Phytother Res. 2005 Dec;19(12):1013-7.
  2. Lee SH, Lee JR, Lunde CS, Kubo I. In vitro antifungal susceptibilities of Candida albicans and other fungal pathogens to polygodial, a sesquiterpene dialdehyde. Planta Med. 1999 Apr;65(3):204-8.
  3. Fujita K, Fujita T, Kubo I. Anethole, a potential antimicrobial synergist, converts a fungistatic dodecanol to a fungicidal agent. Phytother Res. 2007 Jan;21(1):47-51.
  4. Kubo I, Fujita K. Naturally occurring anti-Salmonella agents. J Agric Food Chem. 2001 Dec;49(12):5750-4.
  5. Kubo I, Taniguchi M. Polygodial, an antifungal potentiator. J Nat Prod. 1988 Jan-Feb;51(1):22-9.
  6. Kubo I, Fujita K, Lee SH, Ha TJ. Antibacterial activity of polygodial. Phytother Res. 2005 Dec;19(12):1013-7.
  7. Metugriachuk Y, Kuroi O, Pavasuthipaisit K, Tsuchiya J, Minelli E, Okura R, Fesce E, Marotta F. In view of an optimal gut antifungal therapeutic strategy: an in vitro susceptibility and toxicity study testing a novel phyto-compound. Chin J Dig Dis. 2005;6(2):98-103.

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Melbourne Cup Lunch in under 10 minutes!

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.

Recipe by Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott 


Horopito rump steak (simples).

3 Tablespoon of Rhayne *Horopito Seasoning

6 large beef rump steaks



  1. Coat Rump Steaks' in "Rhayne" horopito wild herb seasoning, leave at room temperature.
  2. Heat frying pan to smoking hot. Cook one side for 1 minute then turn every minute for 6 minutes in total (turn off heat).
  3. For those that like their steaks rare - give them the thickest one, repeat to serve a well-done steak (usually the thinnest steak)

*Horopito is an ancient shrub that grows only in New Zealand.  The plant is highly medicinal, with power antioxidants, flavonoids and fatty acids - has a unique peppery taste.


Rump Steak with Rhayne Horopito Wild Herbs


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Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning

Rhayne – Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, Makrut Lime Leaf Salt, Porcini & Sea Salt.

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.

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