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Helping look after your hair Naturally

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Some great oils I would recommend to use in caring for your hair naturally:









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



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Organic Shatavari Root....

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....Now available online, read on to learn more about this amazing herb...click HERE to stock up now....







......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
• AIDS
• 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

Contraindications/Interactions:
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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Organic Dandelion Leaf Available Now

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Dandelion Leaf is now available online,  click HERE to stock up, read on to learn more about Dandelion......




.....Taraxacum officinale

Common names: 
Dandelion, Pee in the Bed, Lion’s Teeth, Fairy Clock, Swines Snout, Tell-Time, Priests Crown…& many more.

Family: Asteraceae

Plant Parts Used: Leaves & Root (from plants 2years and older harvested in autumn)

Description & Habitat: 
Very well known plant with characteristic lions tooth leaves in a rosette from the centre of which arises a hollow stem bearing a yellow capitulate flower-head.  Originally from Asia & Europe, now spread world wide, it grows easily and needs no cultivation.  Flowering most of the year with its main season in spring, September - November.

Main Active Constituents: 

(Root)
1. the bitter principle taraxacin
2. triterpenes including taraxerol & taraxasterol
3. phytosterols - ß-sitosterol & stigmasterol
4. inulin - up to 40% in autumn & 2% in spring
5. potassium 1.8-2.6%
6. sesquiterpene lactones - eudesmanolide & germacranolide types
7. p-hydroxyphenylacetic acid & taraxacoside

(Leaves)
1. carotenoids including lutein & violaxanthin
2. triterpenes - cycloartenol
3. phytosterols - ß-sitosterol, stigmasterol & campesterol
4. potassium 3.5-4.5%
5. sesquiterpene lactones - germacranolide type)
6. coumarins - scopoletin & esculetin


Nutritional Constituents:

(Root)
Vitamins: A, B, C & D
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Iron, Nickel, Cobalt, Tin, Copper & Zinc.

(Leaves)
Vitamins: A, B, C & D
Minerals: Potassium, Iron & Copper.


Main Actions:

(Root)
1. Hepatic tonic
2. Cholagogue
3. Anti-rheumatic
4. Digestive tonic
5. Anti-lithic
6. Laxative
7. Depurative
8. Choleretic

(Leaf)
1. Diuretic
2. Choleretic
3. Appetite Stimulant


Medicinal Uses/Applications:

The action of Taraxacum  is very much via stimulation of liver and kidney function.  Both parts of the herb have medicinal activity in both areas, though the leaves are stronger for kidney excretion and the root for liver based secretion.  

Gastrointestinal System
The bitter principles help stimulate the initial phase of digestion, including the secretion of salivary and gastric juices and the release of bile by the liver and gallbladder.  Taraxacum officinales action in increasing bile flow is two fold:

1. it affects the liver directly by causing an increase in bile production and flow to the gallbladder (choleretic effect)
2. it exerts a direct effect on the gallbladder causing contraction and release of stored bile (cholagogue effect)….

….making it suitable for the treatment of:
• liver congestion
• gallstones
• constipation
• hypochlorhydria
• hypoglycaemia
• bile duct inflammation
• jaundice
• cirrhosis
• exposure to toxins
• hepatitis
• loss of appetite
• dyspepsia
• anorexia
• indigestion

Note: The effect of stimulating digestive secretions seems to also increase the release of insulin and it is possible that this can help in the treatment of diabetes.  The herb may also balance pancreatic function and therefore be beneficial in hypoglycaemia.

Urinary Tract
Taraxacum leaves are considered to be one of the strongest herbal diuretics, comparable in effect to the orthodox drug frusemide.  However large amounts would need to be eaten.  Dandelion leaves are used in the treatment of:
• fluid retention
• enuresis (involuntary urination)
• kidney stones

Musculoskeletal System
As a laxative and diuretic Taraxacum aids the removal of metabolic wastes and therefore is useful in treating inflammatory joint disorders such as:
• arthritis
• rheumatoid arthritis
• gout

Dosage (3 x daily):
Infusion (Leaf): 4 - 10gm
Decoction (Root): 2 - 8gm

Contraindications/Interactions:
No known drug interactions.
Contraindicated in those with a known allergy.
Limited use during pregnancy.
Compatible with breastfeeding.

Naturalus Products with Taraxacum officinale:



History & Folklore:
Dandelions have been used as food for much of recorded history in Europe and Asia.  It’s common name ‘dandelion’ comes from the French ‘dent de lion’ meaning ‘lions tooth’.   In the last century cultivated forms with large leaves have been developed as an autumn and spring vegetable; these are usually blanched in the same way as endive.  The roots when dried and chopped and roasted provide the best-known coffee substitute, and all parts have been used in fermented and unfermented beers, wines and tonic drinks.  Surprisingly the herb is rarely mentioned by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and it is generally considered that the Arabs promoted its use in the 11th century.  It was recommended for medicinal use by Culpepper in the 17th century and European settlers deliberately introduced Taraxacum officinale to the New World, where the herb became so popular that by the 1880’s six varieties were being cultivated in America.  The true Taraxacum officinale is often confused in Australia and New Zealand with cat’s ear or false dandelion (Hypochoeris radicata), a more common weed but far less palatable.



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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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