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Wintertime Herbs


Remember to keep on top of your health this winter by drinking lots of Organic Herbal Teas for keeping your immunity up...ones to give you strength and energy:

Brew a single herb or blend of choice for at least 5 minutes, if you prefer the most nutritional benefits from your tea, then leave to steep for at least 4 hours or make before you go to bed and then you can enjoy throughout the following day either hot or cold.  Adding Manuka Honey is all o.k. to do if you find your tea too bitter to start with (as you need some bitterness for your digestion to improve) and Manuka Honey naturally makes Hydrogen Peroxide which is a natural healer, Lemons too make Hydrogen Peroxide (hence why used in the summer time to bleach our hair as kids!!) the two together make the most fantastic remedy for a sore throat!

****Do contact me if you want to be more specific for your teas and health.  If you are on any pharmaceutical medications either check with your prescribing practitioner or email me for any concerns for interactions***

Inspiring Natural Clay Recipes


3 Clay Recipes to get you Inspired!

Calming Hair / Scalp Mask Brew

1 Cup of Naturalus Organic Green Tea
Clay of choice

Add Clay to the Green Tea till you get a spreadable paste.
Rub it into the hair roots and along the length of your hair.
Leave on for 20 - 30 minutes then....Wash your hair and shampoo. This mask will reduce any redness & puffiness and the green tea also serves as a mild astringent to reduce oil.

Exfoliating Mask

1 Tablespoon Almonds Crushed 
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

Mix all ingredients together.
Add water if needed to make more spreadable.
Apply to face and leave to dry.
When rinsing off with warm water gently scrub to remove dead skin cells.
Apply moisturiser afterwards.

Acne Treatment Mask


Mix ingredients together to make a spreadable paste.
Apply to face and leave to dry.
When rinsing off with warm water gently scrub to remove dead skin cells.

Apply moisturiser afterwards.


Need to Combat Cellulite?

Cellulite is a “cosmetic condition” which results from weakened connective tissue structures just below the surface of the skin.  It affects women 9 times more than men.  It affects mainly the buttocks and thighs but can also appear in the lower part of the abdomen, the nape of the neck and the upper parts of the arms.  It's something we've all experienced or have experienced in our life and can often be a cause of anxiety for us.
To help reduce the appearance, we need to make sure we are a healthy weight for our height,  looking at either a paleo or ketogenic diet (if needing help in this area) is a good place to start as well as enjoying regular exercise, which pumps the lymphatics, which helps with removal of extra fat, helps to strengthen and tone the muscles.

Make sure you have a massage regularly either dry brushing or with a massage oil.  With dry brushing do this at least every time before you have a shower with a loofah or soft brush starting from the feet and work your way up to your heart and arms down to the heart to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation of blood and lymph.  We would recommend our Refreshing Massage Oil especially due to the citrus oils within, especially the White Grapefruit which has been shown to help with cellulite in particular.

Using a scrub regularly will have a similar affect to the above…Salt or Sugar Scrubs are very good at improving the circulation & lymphatics.  Our “Lemongrass & Sea Kelp Salt Scrub” have been shown to help in particular, kelp has been shown to have soothing, softening and toning effects to the skin.

Internally ensuring enough water is drunk daily, along with Omega 3 Oils such as cold water fish (salmon, sardines) in the diet, Flax or Cod Liver oils.  Herbal teas can also help, our Cellulite Tea Combinationincludes Gotu Kola, Ginger, Schizandra & Calendula…shown to help with improving circulation, lymphatic clearance, enhancing connective tissue integrity which in turn helps with overall appearance.

We recommend any treatment that you endeavour to follow to stick with for at least 3 months for a decent amount of improvement and to then try and maintain your results by including the above as often as you can within your daily routine as well as including a foods such as cucumber, watermelon, berries, green tea, pineapple, grapefruit, lemons, limes, beetroot, cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar & even looking at using a rebounder in your exercise routine for 5 - 15 minutes daily.  Click on any of the above links to view products or email me at if you want to chat about anything further.

Springtime Sniffles?


If you've got the springtime sniffles, pollen allergies, sneezes, then you should try drinking Naturalus Allergy Tea...full of amazing organic herbs: licorice root, pau d'arco, echinacea root & eyebright.. which help to relieve those irritating symptoms of itchy eyes, sore throat, sneezing, blocked nose, tickly cough..& it's delicious to boot :-)
Click HERE to grab your pack of tea....Team it up with our Chest Balm, not only good for coughs and colds but put a touch just under the nose and it helps with relieving those annoying allergy symptoms i.e. sneezing, blocked nose, itchy watery HERE for a jar.


Ginger Protects against Statin Liver Toxicity

An increased risk of moderate or serious liver dysfunction is an adverse effect of statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol (hyperlipidaemia).  This risk increases where high doses are taken, and fluvastatin and atorvastatin in particular appear to have the strongest association with hepatitis and liver failure.  However liver dysfunction appears to be a rare but potentially serious adverse effect for all statin types, and other statins such as simvastatin, pravastatin and lovastatin have also been associated with liver injury when taken in high doses.

Studies have shown that long term ingestion of Ginger has been shown to have hypoglycaemic, hypolipidaemic and anti-atherosclerotic effects in test subjects.  Hepatoprotective (liver protective) effects have also been reported for Ginger extracts.  These effects may extend to chemopreventative effects against hepatocellular carcinoma, according to the results from other animal studies following administration of Ginger extracts.

A team of Egyptian researchers have recently evaluated the effects of combined administration of Ginger and the statin drug atorvastatin on the lipid profile, and atorvastatin-induced hepatic injury.  Ginger root was prepared and given orally on a daily basis, with and without concurrent atorvsatatin administration for four weeks.

Compared to the control group, cholesterol levels dropped in  those treated with either Ginger extract or atorvastatin.  Atorvastatin alone produced a 15% decrease in cholesterol levels & a 23% decrease in triglycerides.  Ginger alone produced an 11% decrease in cholesterol levels & a 5% decrease in triglycerides.  Combined administration of atorvastatin and Ginger produced an even bigger decrease 28% decrease in cholesterol levels and a 25% decrease in triglycerides.  'Hepatic malondialdehyde' (marker for oxidative stress) and 'nitric oxide' (low levels needed to protect the liver) levels were also found to be decreased and levels of (protective) liver antioxidant enzymes 'superoxide dismutase' and 'catalase' were increased.  There was a significant lessening of the severity of liver damage normally seen.

This study shows that Ginger could be an advantageous combination treatment to atorvastatin, and possibly other statin drugs,  especially in those more susceptible to liver function abnormalities.

To get started on helping support your liver & cholesterol levels while on statin drugs, click on the following teas now:

Liver Tea
Ginger Tea then click on the drop down box to choose Ginger



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New Zealand since 2008. Being a Clinical Medical Herbalist, Tanya has an understanding of how natural ingredients work on the body and how to combine them to give the most benefit. Also over the years more pure essential oils have been sourced and added. To compliment that there is a great range of Ultrasonic Oil Diffusers, being one the first in NZ to have them. There are plenty of other products to check out and if you want to read some feedback its’s here: Feedback.
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