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So what is horopito?

Horopito is a very slow growing plant that takes 5 years+ before it can be harvested. Horopito leaves have traditionally been used by the Maori and taken orally,

Horopito was used for treating diarrhoea, stomach ache and poor circulation due to its astringent (tissue tightening) and antiseptic properties. 


Horopito is a New Zealand native shrub, also known as the native pepper tree. Horopito grows throughout most of New Zealand. It is an ancient endemic genus growing nowhere else in the world, with a primitive flower structure.  

Active ingredient

The main biologically active constituent of Horopito is known as polygodial, a component of the “hot taste” and exhibits significant anti-fungal and antibacterial activity. 

Native and Natural Horopito Herb

Suits red meats in particular lamb and venison.  

Most importantly, it tastes great!  Is a great alternative to having black pepper on the table.

Perfect for an Auto Immune Protocol diet, Paleo, BBQ lovers and budding chefs, also a great talking point!

 

Native and Natural Horopito Herb

Suits red meats in particular lamb and venison.  

Most importantly, it tastes great!  Is a great alternative to having black pepper on the table.

Perfect for an Auto Immune Protocol diet, Paleo, BBQ lovers and budding chefs, also a great talking point!

Ancient Tribes Treasured Horopito’s Medicinal Qualities

The Maori, migrants to New Zealand from the Pacific Islands, used Horopito for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to drive away evil spirits. Other uses included:

  • The plant’s leaves were bruised, steeped in water and applied to the skin to treat ringworm and other skin diseases

  • Bruised leaves were used in poultices to treat skin chafing, bruises, cuts and wounds

  • Leaves were chewed for toothache

  • Horopito sap was used as a treatment for venereal diseases

Early European settlers also took advantage of Horopito’s medicinal properties, using a decoction of the leaves, known as the “Maori painkiller,” for:

  • Stomachache

  • Diarrhea

The plant itself has a very spicy, peppery flavor, which is due to its active ingredient, polygodial.

The Many Benefits of Horopito

Polygodial was isolated in Horopito leaves in 1982 by researchers from Canterbury University in New Zealand. The team grew cultures of the yeast Candida Albicans and treated them with polygodial extracted from Horopito leaves. They found the extract was extremely effective against Candida, proving more powerful and faster working than the antifungal pharmaceutical drug amphotericin B.

Horopito is not only very effective against yeasts like Candida but also against certain fungi.

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F.M.
Horopito and Kawakawa

I love these products and the trade is always very easy and prompt! Thanks Rhayne

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Horopito ground.

Quality product. Easy transaction. Speedy delivery. Thank you.

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T.W.
Horopito

I buy alot of horopito as a permanent replacement for pepper and I use rock salt in my shaker now, Horopito is medicinal it cleanses the the chest and lungs, removes flem and bronchial conditions , it sure warms you up, add in a cup a leaf of kawakawa, pinch of horopito and drop of lemon, boiled hot water, let it sit a minute, and sip to relax, I have it everyday. Thats why I brought 5, I always gift one to a friend to try,

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Smooth transaction

I have been driving this as a Tea and I’m wondering how long until I see a difference in my Candida

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T.W.
Horopito

MEDICINAL: Leaves bruised, steeped in water. Decoction used for paipai, a skin complaint (Taylor 1870 ; Kerry-Nicholls 1886).
'aromatic and stimulant' Taylor 1870
Bark - substitute for quinine (Kirk, in Taylor 1870). 'aromatic and pungent ... the 'Winter's Bark' of New Zealand' (Armstrong 1870).
Occasionally used by settlers suffering from diarrhoea (Kirk 1889).
Sap used by bushmen for stomach ache (Goldie 1905 ; Best 1906, 1908).
Leaves - decoction called 'bushman's painkiller'. Chewed for toothache. Rubbed on breast when weaning infants - gives bitter taste (Best 1908, 1929 ; Adams 1945)
Excellent astringent and stimulating properties; anti-scorbutic (Faulkner 1958).
Leaves - infusion for chest ailments. Aides Lungs, reduces sniffing nose and light sinus, reduces flem, good for the lungs, assists with breathing.
For related pharmacology, see Brooker, Cambie and Cooper, 1987.
Great on food, you'll love this more than Pepper, I now use horopito instead of pepper, I love the Horopito seasoning shaker bottle , I will never go back to salt n pepper, Horopito is way better for you ! I buy it, absolutely awesome.