Ginger Oxymel (Vinegar Honey Syrup)

Oxymels/Syrups are sweet tasting liquid medicines that are used to heal within as well as taste delicious…..fantastic to use on a daily basis over winter to help keep those cold & flu symptoms at on to find out how to make....

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Take the following:

1 tsp Naturalus Organic Ginger
10 cloves Organic Crushed Garlic
1tsp Naturalus Organic Fennel

1.  Put herbs into a jar and cover with the Apple Cider Vinegar and leave sitting in the sun for 7 - 14 days (bring inside in the evening).

2.  Strain, squeezing out all the vinegar soaked into herbs into a pot.

3.  Add Organic/Raw Manuka Honey.

4.  Simmer at a very low heat until thickened or syrupy consistency is desired.

5.  Put into a bottle for storage.

....Take 1 teaspoon daily over winter increase to 3 teaspoons if a sore throat or other cold symptoms appear.

For the more adventurous add in 1 tsp of chilli or Naturalus Organic Cayenne Powder and 1 tsp of Naturalus Organic Turmeric Powder 

Other herbs you may add in:

Elderflower, Elderberry, Echinacea Root, Mullein, Thyme, click on the link to stock up, remember to use the drop down menu to choose...

Saw Palmetto Monograph

Serenoa repens

Common names:
Saw Palmetto, Sabal

Family: Arecaceae (formerly Palmaceae)

Plant Parts Used: Ripe berries (fruit)

Description & Habitat:
Small palm tree that grows 1-4 metres high.  It’s berries are black, fleshy, growing in clusters each with 1 large wrinkled oblong seed approximately 1 - 2.5cm.  Native to the West Indies, West Coast of the United States (South Carolina to Florida), growing in sunny savannas and thickets in moist rich soils.  It is known to grown in parts of Australia but not in New Zealand.

Main Active Constituents:

1. fixed oil - (palmetto oil) - composed of 25% fatty acids including lauric, caproic, palmitic and 75% neutral fats
2. volatile Oil
3. sterols - beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol
4. resins
5. tannins
6. polysaccharides - stimulate immune system

Nutritional Constituents:

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C
Minerals: Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Phosphorus, Zinc, Chromium, Sodium and Calcium

Main Actions:

1. Diuretic
2. Urinary Antiseptic
3. Endocrine Agent
4. Anti-septic
5. Immunostimulant
6. Anti-inflammatory
7. Male Tonic (bladder & prostate)
8. Anti-prostatic
9. Anti-spasmodic
10. Anti-androgenic

Medicinal Uses/Applications:

Serenoa has been used mainly in the Urinary/Reproductive System.  Clinically proven to benefit prostatic enlargement.  Its lipid soluble constituent inhibits the binding of androgen and oestrogen to receptors in the male reproductive tract and may also diminish the levels of hormone active in stimulating all growth in the prostate, but does not appear to change in the serum levels of testosterone contributing to this activity.  This fraction is also immuno-stimulatory and anti-oedema.  It is also a tonic for the neck of the bladder and with its actions above makes it well suited for treating the following:

Genitourinary/Reproductive System
• cystitis
• prostatic enlargement (BHP specific)
• prostatitis of any origin
• dysuria
• impotence
• catarrh of genito-urinary tract
• urethritis
• testicular atrophy
• infertility male & female
• sex hormone disorders
• prostate cancer

Respiratory System
• influenza virus
• asthma
• mucous & lung conditions

Other Areas
• stimulates the appetite and can help people to regain weight (if underweight)
• treats acne
• hirsutism

Dosage (3 x daily):
Decoction: 0.5 - 1gm

Possible interaction with concurrent use of Warfarin.
No known contraindications.
Compatible with pregnancy.
Compatible with breastfeeding.

Naturalus Products with Serenoa repens:

Saw Palmetto Tea
Prostate Tea
Libido Tea

History & Folklore:
Historically a tonic and nutritional agent; used to increase sexual function in men; improve mammary gland disorders; as an aphrodisiac; relieve chronic catarrh; as a mucous membrane tonic; treat chronic and subacute cystitis.  It has a marked effect upon all glandular tissues, increasing flesh rapidly, and building up strength.  Traditionally a staple food item for the Seminole Indians, kept dried as a year round food source.  AS well as the indications above it was used for female health conditions such as under developed breasts; increased lactation; painful menstruation; appetite stimulant and as an expectorant for the lungs.  In 1907 the early American settlers used to feed it to their horses and mules that had urinary problems.  It was also included in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia in 1908.  After World War I it was considered one of the most important natural remedies in Southern America.  Word of its benefits led to French Researchers (1960’s) making a synthetic version called Permixon which became available in 1981.

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Fennel Seed Monograph

Foeniculum vulgare

Common names:
Fennel, Bitter Fennel, Sweet Fennel, Marathos

Family: Apiaceae (formerly Umbeliferae)

Plant Parts Used: Fruit (Seeds)

Description & Habitat:
Native to Europe & the Mediterranean.  Grows freely in New Zealand, well established along river beds, railways & wastelands.  Self sows easily, loves an open sunny situation.  Grows up to 1.5 metres high.  Leaves are dark green and divided into thread like lobes.  Umbels of yellow flowers 5-8cm across.  Flowers are 2mm across.  Fruit/Seed ovoid 4-6mm long with distinct ribs.

Main Active Constituents:

1. volatile oil - anethole, fenchone, limonene, camphene, phellandrene, pinene, estragole, cymene, myrcene, sabinene, terpinene, terpinolene.
2. flavonoids - rutin, quercetin, kaempferol
3. coumarins, bergapten
4. fixed oil - petroselenic acid, oleic acid & linoleic acid
5. tannins
6. resins
7. sterols
8. protein (up to 20%)

Nutritional Constituents:

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C
Minerals: Potassium, Sulphur, Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus & Zinc

Main Actions:

1. Anti-inflammatory
2. Carminative
3. Diuretic
4. Galactagogue
5. Orexigenic
6. Anti-spasmodic
7. Expectorant
8. Anti-microbial
9. Mildly oestrogenic

Medicinal Uses/Applications:

Gastrointestinal Tract
Fennels main area of use, helping with the following:
• colic (babies)
• flatulence
• intestinal cramps
• hiccoughs
• flatulent dyspepsia
• indigestion
• anorexia
• bloating

Respiratory Tract
• coughs
• bronchitis

Urinary Tract
• cystitis

Reproductive System
• breast milk production

Eyewash used for:
• blepharitis
• conjunctivits

• pharyngitis

Dosage (3 x daily):
Decoction: 0.9 - 2gms

Contraindicated if you have a known sensitivity/allergy.
No known drug interactions.
Do not use during pregnancy.
Compatible with breastfeeding - used to enhance lactation.

Naturalus Products with Foeniculum vulgare:

History & Folklore:
Historically used to treat epilepsy, counter poison & venom, relieve headaches (in the form of snuff) and as a breath freshener (when chewed).  Used as a diuretic; urinary stones; nausea; opening obstructions of the liver, spleen, gall bladder; jaundice; gout; dyspnoea; wheezing; aid in menstruation and delivery of placenta; make fat people lean; for longevity & to deter fleas.  

Folklore has fennel as a magical herb, a sure defence against evil.  In Greek Mythology, Prometheus concealed the fire of the sun in a hollow fennel stalk and brought it down to earth from heaven for the human race.  The Greek name for fennel is marathon or marathos, and the place of the famous battle of Marathon and the subsequent sports event Marathon, literally means a plain with fennels.

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Helping look after your hair Naturally

Our friends at Natural News have some great advice for helping improve your hair health, read more HERE....some great oils I would recommend to use in this routine:

Take 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon of oil of choice and massage between hair and into scalp, leave on for at least 15 minutes or overnight if you choose and if needed wash hair afterwards.

Essential Oils that you can add into the base oils above that will benefit your hair:

For washing your hair you can find our "Goats Milk" range of soaps are brilliant for washing oily to normal hair....choose oddly enough our "Shaving Soaps - Hebe Mint or Original Dark Ale for dry hair.

To condition your hair use any of the base oils talked about above OR do a Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse - 2 - 4 Tablespoons per 250ml of water, if you find your hair is still dry from the amount you choose add another tablespoon of ACV until you find the correct ratio for you. Choose from Braggs, Fresh Eyre or Coral Tree Organic Cider Vinegars

Organic Shatavari Root....

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......Asparagus racemosus

Common names:
Shatavari, Wild Asparagus, Sparrow Grass, Kurilo, Satawar, Shatmuli….& many more.

Family: Asparagaceae

Plant Parts Used: Root

Description & Habitat:
A creeping shrub found throughout Sri Lanka, India and into the Himalayan range up to 1400m in elevation, extending into South East Asia, Australia & Africa.  Growing up to 2 metres, preferably rocky soil, needle like leaves, produces small white flowers after the rain.  The root system is complex with tuberous roots that grow up to a metre in length and varied in number, some plants producing more than 100.

Main Active Constituents:

1. Steroidal saponins - shatavarin I to VI
2. Alkaloids - pyrrolizidine alkaloid asparagamine A
3. Mucilage
4. Tannins
5. Isoflavones
6. Polysaccharides
7. Flavonoids - quercetin, rutin
8. Essential Oils
9. Sterols - sitosterol
10. Essential Fatty Acids

Nutritional Constituents:

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B9 (Folic Acid), C & E
Minerals: Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Cobalt, Potassium & Selenium.

Main Actions:

1. Nutritive Tonic
2. Galactagogue
3. Aphrodisiac
4. Adaptogenic
5. Anti-spasmodic
6. Anti-diarrhoeal
7. Diuretic
8. Anti-depressant
9. Laxative
10. Antacid
11. Anti-neoplastic
12. Demulcent
13. Anti-microbial
14. Hypotensive
15. Immunomodulatory
16. Anti-hepatotoxic
17. Anti-lithiatic
18. Anti-tussive
19. Anti-bacterial
20. Anti-protozoal
21. Hypo-glycaemic
22. Analgesic

Medicinal Uses/Applications:

Reproductive System
• breastmilk production
• sexual debility
• promote conception/infertility
• menopausal symptoms i.e. hot flushes, dry vagina
• leukorrhoea
• gonorrhoea
• threatened miscarriage
• endometriosis
• premenstrual symptoms i.e. mood swings
• menorrhagia
• dysmenorrhea
• regulate ovulation
• impotence
• spermatorrhea

Gastrointestinal System
• dyspepsia/Indigestion
• dysentery
• diarrhoea
• stomach ulcers
• hyperacidity
• biliousness
• liver complaints
• irritable bowel syndrome
• haemorrhoids
• crohn’s disease
• boosts appetite

Urinary System
• gleet
• dehydration
• urinary tract infections
• kidney & bladder stones

Respiratory & Immunity
• lung abscesses
• haematemesis
• cough
• bronchitis
• throat infection
• chronic fevers
• herpes
• tumours
• general debility/fatigue

Cardiovascular System
• hypertension
• cardiac debility

Nervous System
• anxieties
• depression
• easing alcohol withdrawal
• insomnia
• headaches
• stress
• epilepsy
• hyperactivity
• restless sleep
• disturbing dreams
• anger, jealousy, irritation, resentment, & hatred

Musculoskeletal System
• stiffness of joints & muscles
• arthritis
• rheumatoid arthritis

Dosage (3 x daily):
Decoction: 7 - 10gm

No known drug interactions.
No known contraindications.
Shatavari is used to promote conception, so is considered safe BUT it has been known in “folk lore” when taken in doses far in excess of those normally used that it can promote abortion.
Compatible with breastfeeding.

Naturalus Products with Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari):

History & Folklore:

Considered to be the most important herb for womens reproductive health.  Shatavari literally means “the plant of one hundred roots” which has been transformed into “she who has one hundred husbands”, as it gives women boundless reserves of energy!  Shatavari tubers were once candied and eaten as a sweetmeat.  The fresh juice was drunk with honey &/or mixed in milk.  In Ayurvedic medicine it is known as the “Queen of Herbs” as it promotes love & devotion, prevents ageing, improves mental function, vigour and vitality.  

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