Naturalus Blog Page



Winter Cold!!

I don't know about you but I've definitely noticed that winter has made it's grand entrance!  Frosts are settling in and everything's starting to freeze!  Aargh I say - I've had to get the Cayenne Plus Cream out to warm the feet up and start drinking the Memory Tea to get the circulation flowing and keep me from freezing!!

So for anyone who purchases any of the following goodies, which help tremendously in keeping the blood warm, will get a sample size of our new "Lemongrass & Seaweed Soap" (this too has great circulatory properties).  This offer will run till the 16th July (we've got another special in store for you all after this date!!):

Click on any of these links to take you directly to them:
Cayenne Plus Cream - keep those feet extra toasty warm!!

Cellulite Tea - Nice and Spicy with that Ginger getting the blood flowing!!

So get ordering now so you stay toasty warm over winter!  You don't want to be caught like this:


Stress Relief

Due to the horrifically long time that us Cantabrians have been experiencing earthquakes I thought I have to talk to you about stress and how we can help our bodies cope with this ongoing situation:

"No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress.  You may think that only serious disease or intensive physical or mental injury can cause stress, this is false.  Crossing a busy intersection, exposure to a draft or even sheer joy are enough to trigger the body's stress mechanisms to some extent.  Stress isn't bad for you, its the spice of life as all activities cause a certain but differing degree of stress.  But how our body and mind deal with it is what makes the difference in good and bad health."

The stress response is part of a larger response called the "General Adaptation Syndrome" or G.A.S.  As funny as it sounds G.A.S. has 3 phases:

Resistance and

The initial response is "Alarm" which is often referred to as the "fight or flight" response.  Your body's response is designed to get you out of danger.  This is seen by the increase of heart rate; increase in blood sugar levels in the bloodstream to our muscles; increased breathing rate to get more oxygen to our heart, brain and muscles; increased sweat production to remove toxic compounds produced by our body and lower body temperature.

Next is the "Resistance" phase, this phase allows the body to continue fighting a stressor long after the fight or flight response has worn off.  Cortisol and other corticosteriods secreted by our adrenal glands (above the kidneys) stimulate the conversion of protein to energy so your body has a large supply of energy long after glucose stores are depleted.  Also sodium is retained which can cause an increase in blood pressure.

These changes allow you to be able to effectively deal with emotional crisis; perform strenuous tasks and/or fight infection.  This is a necessary part of our stress response.  The danger is when this resistance phase is prolonged, (as a lot of us Cantabrians are experiencing with the daily earthquakes over the last 10 months).  Our body can't physically and/or mentally see an end to it and this leads us to the final stage of G.A.S. ......."Exhaustion"....

.....our body may go into meltdown, lose energy, aches and pains, insomnia, headaches, migraines, colds, flu, P.M.T.  or more serious health conditions may occur such as high blood pressure, anxieties, diabetes, cancer, depression, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, stomach ulcers, asthma, bronchitis and more.  What can we do to help lessen the severity of our stress levels??

Firstly identify your negative coping patterns and try to replace them with positive coping patterns.  Negative coping patterns can be any of the following: dependence on drugs, alcohol, smoking, overeating; prone to emotional outbursts, overspending or other excessive behaviour.

1.  Learn a "Relaxation Response", whether it be meditation, prayer, self-hypnosis, deep breathing exercises.  Put aside at least 5 minutes every day to practice any of these techniques.
2. Improve your "Lifestyle Factors".

Time management is essential to help you deal with stressors.

  • Set your priorities
  • Organise your day based on your priorities
  • Delegate as much as you can
  • Tackle tough jobs first
  • Minimise meeting times
  • Avoid putting things off
  • Don't be a perfectionist

Relationship issues - marital/family/job related.

  • Learn to be a good listener.
  • Be an active listener.
  • Be a reflective listener.
  • Talk when others are ready to listen.
  • Don't talk over somebody even if done to you.
  • Don't be afraid of long silences, some people need time to collect their thoughts.
  • Help others to become active listeners by asking if they understood what you're saying.

3. Exercise.  Exercise is a physical stressor BUT it helps the body to become stronger and function more efficiently, helping it to be able to handle our daily stressors.  Excessive exercise can have the opposite effect so 15 minutes every day or 30 minutes every alternate day is all you need.  And make it something you enjoy!!

4. Healthful Diet.

  • Reduce caffeine - increased levels can exacerbate the fight-flight response.
  • Reduce alcohol - increases anxieties & depression, interrupts sleep patterns, exacerbates the stress response.
  • Reduce or eliminate refined carbohydrates - can cause our blood sugar levels to become unstable leading to diabetes, increased feelings of depression or/and anxieties.
  • Eat regularly in a relaxed atmosphere - this gives your body a chance to relax and receive an influx of nutrients to ensure it can keep functioning efficiently.

5. Herbal Support.  We have the following products which you can use within your daily routine to help cope with and manage the daily stressors you may be experiencing:

  • Stress Tea - A fantastic tea to ease the tension, re-energise the mind, and make those tense situations more bearable and manageable.  Designed to help with all anxieties and nerve related problems.  Gorgeous smelling and a delight for the palate.  Steep 1 teaspoon of herbs for 5-10 minutes to get the best temperature and flavour.  1-3 cups recommended daily.  Contains: Organic Lavendula officinalis (Lavender), Organic Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), Organic Tilia europaea (Lime Flower).
  • Sleep Tea - A great tea to help calm the nerves, relax the body and mind, switching off the constant barrage of thoughts going through your mind, easing you into a wonderful nights sleep. Steep 1 teaspoon of herbs for 5-10 minutes to get the best temperature and flavour.  1-3 cups recommended daily.  Contains: Organic Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Organic Tilia europaea (Lime Flower), Organic Lavendula officinalis (Lavender).
  • Rescue Sleep Mix - The same trusted Five Flower Remedy of the Rescue Mix with that extra Bach Flower remedy to make it even better - White Chestnut.  This remedy is not a sedative.  It will help those of us who have a busy mind.  If your busy mind is keeping you awake then this is the remedy for you.  It helps to clear the mind so that you are able to relax and either focus at work or/and get a good nights sleep.  so you can use during the day too - it's the perfect remedy for the constant worrier!  Dosage: 4 drops orally every 10 minutes if needed (does not have to be exactly 10, just if more than 10 minutes have passed and the excessive thoughts and anxiety are still there then take again).  Dosage is the same for all ages, from baby to adult and pet/s.
  • Withania - An excellent herb for the long term stress, lack of sleep, if you're needing more energy, want to improve your memory, immunity and bring back the joy!  Get a pot and mix in a teaspoon of Withania in a cup of milk (whichever kind you prefer), put a pinch of cinnamon in and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, with lid on.  Pour into your cup and sip through your Java Wand.  Take every night before bed.
Click on the links below to get started today:

Comments (2)

Colds & Flus Say Goodbye!!


Feeling under the weather?

If you hate getting the common cold and flu then get into our teas now!

If you've already got a cold or flu then you need our teas quick smart!

Echinacea helps bring balance to an overworked or under par immune system, with its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral actions, helping to fight those symptoms of sore throats, nasal catarrh (mucous) as well as reduce fever.

Peppermint as well as it's refreshing taste helps to relieve sore throats, reduce sinus congestion and pain,  as well as associated headaches, nerve pain and nauseousness.

Lime Flower reduces fever, relieves aching muscles and joints while relieving a persistent cough.

Lemon Verbenas anti-inflammatory action brings relief to a cough, thinning out mucous on the lungs as well as nasal passages and clearing up persistent cold sores.

Mullein has been used for over 2000 years for pulmonary (lung) disease and this is till the primary use of Mullein today. Its expectorant action helps to thin mucous out and soothe the lungs relieving bronchial tissue.  It also helps relieve associated migraines and headaches.

Thyme, especially good for children, it's expectorant and anti-tussive action helps to bring relief to your lungs as well as clearing blocked nasal passages with its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial actions.

Licorice has soothing demulcent action on sore coughing lungs, helping to clear mucous from the lungs and nasal passages.  It's sweet taste making it very enjoyable to drink.

Hops calming action helps the lungs to relax and eases pain associated with excessive coughing.  Relaxing the nerves helping you to get some well needed sleep to improve your recovery.

So get prepared and beat the winter chills - you can buy these herbs as combinations or singularly, click on the links below to take you direct:

Breath Tea
Single Herb Teas

Comments (2)


Scroll Down

Free shipping within NZ for orders over $79. No extra for Rural. See FAQ.

Naturalus has been making and selling natural products here in Christchurch
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.
Stacks Image 2856

Also checkout our Facebook Page.

Newsletter & Social Media
Others Comments
Contact Us
Email This Page
Print This Page
Site Map