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Skin getting the Better of you?

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Our skin, the biggest organ of our body, protecting us from any external organism invasion as well as physical damage.  Influencing the emotional, i.e. how we feel about ourselves and the physical, i.e. how we appear to ourselves & others.


Our skin condition is affected by environmental factors, such as UV irradiation, wind, extremes of temperature, physical activity, pollutants i.e. pesticides, herbicides, petrol fumes, paints, nail varnishes, make-up, hair products, as well as endogenous factors, i.e. stress, poor diet, poor digestion, immune status, genetic conditions and physical injuries.  Skin function and attractiveness is dependent on digestion and nutrition.

When our digestion including liver function and circulation is impaired our skin becomes deficient in nutrients it needs to stay healthy, and its levels of toxins build up, and remain trapped within, rather than being excreted out through the bowels.  As the bowels are generally less regular with skin complaints (i.e. less than once a day), the toxins that would normally be excreted out through the bowels are resorbed into the bloodstream and recirculated through the body.  So then the body then finds an alternative route of leaving the body.

This is where you may see a flareup of your eczema, psoriasis or any unknown skin rash.  The aim of healing skin conditions is to start by improving bowel and liver health.  When your digestion is at it's optimum your body will be absorbing the most nutrients from your food and toxins will be removed out of your body and your skin will be able to start healing.  This same basic principle applies to most skin conditions, and our herbal "Complexion Tea" blend is designed to help you get started. Within this blend are the 4 following herbs:

Calendula, well known topically to help, but also internally starts at the beginning i.e. improving liver function and bile flow, as well as soothing digestion.  Its nutrient content also being of benefit, helping to promote tissue repair while removing build up of toxins by improving lymphatic drainage and blood vessel integrity.

Pau d'Arco a South American tree used for at least 1000 years, traditionally used for all skin conditions, it has amazing antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflamatory actions.  Helping to fight infection & improve the quality of your skin.

Nettle leaf is extremely high in nutrients in particular Silica, and in tea form the silica within is highly absorbable.  Nettle has shown to improve skin hydration and elasticity significantly.

Red Clover, considered a weed to many but has been known in the British Herbal Pharmacopeia as being specific for Eczema, Psoriasis and all Chronic skin conditions.

To get started on improving your skin, click here to get your Complexion Tea now.




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Saw Palmetto

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Saw Palmetto or for those who love their latin Serenoa repens.  A fantastic wee berry that has been shown to help with respiratory complaints especially those associated with chronic catarrh (mucous), as well as its more popularly known help with urogenital conditions i.e. cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, testicular atrophy, impotence, dysuria, , infertility, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP).




It's main actions are:
1. Diuretic
2. Tonic to neck of bladder and prostate
3. Urinary antiseptic
4. Endocrine agent
5. Anabolic agent
6. Antiinflammatory
7. Antispasmodic
8. Aphrodisiac

A 2002 study showed the following:


A meta-analysis published in March 2002 analysed data
from 21 randomised clinical trials lasting 4 to 48 weeks
and involving 3139 men with lower urinary tract
symptoms associated with BPH. Compared with placebo,
Saw Palmetto extract improved BPH symptoms, urinary
symptom scores and urinary flow measures. (Men taking
Saw Palmetto extract were nearly twice as likely to report
improvement in symptoms than men taking placebo.)
Compared with the drug finasteride (5-alpha reductase
inhibitor), Saw Palmetto extract produced similar
improvements in urinary symptom scores and peak urine
flow.

Reference:
Wilt T, Ishani A, MacDonald R. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;:CD001423


To start improving your prostate health Click here

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NZ Breastfeeding Week

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It's Breastfeeding Week in New Zealand & to help all of you who want to improve your breast milk flow and help maintain it, we recommend you use our 'Breastmilk Tea'.  It helps to improve and maintain your milk flow, while also improve your babies digestion of it, helping to settle digestive disturbances as well.  Fennel & Fenugreek are traditionally  and widely used to enhance lactation.  A bittersweet confection 'Methipak' (containing Fenugreek) is  eaten throughout western India and considered to be  a galactagogue that strengthens the bond between mother and child.  As well as helping with this very important bond it helped to minimise body aches, increase lactation, and showed strengthening qualities.  Chamomile or Matricaria recuitia its name Matricaria may be related to Latin 'Mater' meaning mother and indicating to its use in the treatment of the female reproductive system.  Helping to restore health to the womb as well as improve sleep and mood.  Withania (Ashwaghanda) is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for promoting lactation.  As well as showing an increase in lactation it showed during the time of breastfeeding, that it increased growth in body weight for the infants, making it especially good for those underweight.  For the mother Withania helps to improve your energy levels & strength, improve your quality of sleep and decrease any stress making this important time with your child more manageable.  Click on the link below to get Naturalus Breastmilk Tea.

Click here to get started on Naturalus BreastMilk Tea

And for those mothers who are needing to stop - you need to get into drinking 'Peppermint Tea'.  Peppermint will bring your breast milk supply to a halt, that includes peppermint biscuits, peppermint toothpaste, peppermint gum & lollies!!  Click on the link below to get your Peppermint Tea.

Click here to get started on Naturalus Peppermint Tea



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St John's Wort the Sunshine Herb

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St John's Wort (SJW) - Hypericum perforatum
has varying actions, but is most commonly known for it's anti-depressant actions.  Being something that I've taken and still do, I've found it literally to be the sunshine herb.  Helping with my S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) throughout winter, and allaying many peoples feelings of melancholy, relieving panic attacks and anxiety as well as helping with deeper depression.



A trial in Germany (among many) showed that SJW was beneficial for depression.  Mannel M, Kunn U, Schmidt U et al. J. Psychiatr Res 2010: 44(12):760-767

Another study comparing SJW to SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and found that SJW was as efficient and had fewer side effects.  Rahimi R, Nikfar S, Abdollahi M et al. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2009; 33(1):118-127

As well as a study in the U.S. which compared the activity and safety of SJW with a placebo and fluoxetine.  SJW was found to be safe and well tolerated.  The authors concluded that SJW as significantly more effective than fluoxetine.  Fava M, Alpert J, Nierenberg AA et al. J.Clin Psychopharmacol 2005;25(5):441-447

This is a small sample of many trials & studies into SJW.  Feel free to contact if you would like to talk further to see if it is the herb for you (if on pharmaceutical medications please contact me first or check with your practitioner before using) - otherwise feel free to purchase at the following link:

Single Herb Teas A-Z: St John's Wort the Sunshine Herb
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QUALITY NATURAL PRODUCTS CREATED BY A NZ HERBAL PRACTITIONER...

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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.
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