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The Debate on Palm Oil....


Why do we use Palm Oil?

Firstly I would like to say that we are against the destruction of the Orangutang and their home, we would NEVER source ANY ingredient that would cause harm to another and where they live. Our organic palm oil is from a sustainable source in Colombia, South America. 20% of palm oil is grown by smallholders/farmers who rely upon it as their sole source of income. We at Naturalus feel it is beneficial to support these families, rather than have a 100% ban on Palm Oil & that is one of the main reasons we have gone with the decision to choose Sustainable Organic Palm as is the view of organisations such as Greenpeace and WWF. We also use for its many benefits i.e. hardness of bar, conditioning properties and nice creamy stable lather it produces.

Certified Organic Sustainable Palm Oil (COSPO) is produced by palm oil plantations which have chosen to be a part of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for People, Planet, and Prosperity…..

….their top principles are…

1. Commitment to transparency.
2. Compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
3. Commitment to long-term economic and financial viability.
4. Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers.
5. Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.
6. Responsible consideration of employees, and of individuals and communities affected by growers and mills.
7. Responsible development of new plantings.

The RSPO is supported by many environmental and social activists including WWF, Oxfam, the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace. Do watch this video debate between Greenpeace, WWF, RSPO & Mongabay about Palm Oil - Here’s what Greenpeace has to say:

“We’re not against palm oil or the palm oil industry. What we are against is any palm oil that comes from plantations converted from forest and peatland areas.” 

We personally use Certified Organic Sustainable Palm Oil (COSPO) sourced from the Daabon Group in Colombia - who work with Greenpeace. DAABON is a family owned and managed company built on the passion and commitment of three generations of the Davila Family. Its headquarters and farms are located in Santa Marta, Colombia. The company's first few hectares of banana in the Magdalena region, established back in 1914, have today grown into one of the world's leading suppliers of organic tropical crops, including banana, coffee, palm oil and cocoa. They employ more than 2,500 people directly, and also support local employment by providing assistance to over 450 palm and cocoa smallholders who are organised as smallholders (co-ops). 

So you can feel rest assured that the Palm oil we use at Naturalus is helping make a change, helping small farmers & their families, helping the environment and the communities that surround them. If you still feel that you would like to avoid even “Certified Sustainable Palm Oil”, then feel free to email us and we can personally make soap for you to your specifications…


(Highly Recommend Watching)
Palm Oil Debate with Greenpeace, WWF, RSPO & Mongabay



Fig Leaf Tea


Figs we all know are delicious as a treat on their own or in a dessert. But did you know that Fig Leaves made into a tea are very beneficial for our health. Upon first opening your bag of Fig Leaf tea you will notice it smells a bit like that unbaked cookie dough, sweet but with a hint of coconut, vanilla & cinnamon spice. Our Fig Leaf Tea is spray-free & grown by Dale & Lorraine Jones from the Whakaaio Orchard. 

Consuming fig leaves can provide several healthy benefits for the body. Among these benefits, its anti-diabetic properties are among the most recognised. When drunk as a tea first thing in the morning, fig leaves actually lower the amount of insulin required by the body. These extraordinary effects allow the diabetic to administer less insulin by injection. (See study link below)

Along with their anti-diabetes properties, fig leaves also have been shown to lower the body's triglyceride levels. A triglyceride is the storage form of fat inside the body. Although a certain supply of triglycerides is required for proper health and body function, too many triglycerides greatly increase the risk for obesity and heart disease. However, a diet with regular fig leaf consumption may help lower these health risks as it gradually lowers triglyceride levels.

Fig Leaf Tea can also be used to help treat bronchitis and asthma. Eating the leaves (up to 2 leaves per day) has also been shown to help cure gastric ulcers & indigestion, but due to the stringy nature of this it is often preferred drinking as a tea. Fig Leaf Tea is also very soothing in a sitz bath, as well as applied directly for haemorrhoids, genital warts & ringworm.

Other areas of health it has been shown to be helpful are: insomnia; tumours; fungal infections; low libido; constipation; indigestion (hyper-acidity), fatigue; ulcers; liver cirrhosis; high blood pressure & liver damage in general (See study link below)

It’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activity has shown it to help relieve arthritis, myositis (muscle inflammation) and other inflammatory conditions i.e. shingles, eczema & psoriasis. Topically it works its wonders too, used as a wash for acne, eczema, psoriasis, shingles, skin conditions of unknown cause. Its rich contents of antioxidants i.e. quercetin, luteolin, Vitamins A, B, C, carotenes, zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, calcium & more helping to reduce the severity of symptoms & decrease the chances of debilitating disease taking hold.


Fig Leaf & Diabetes

Fig Leaf & Liver (Hepato) protective effects


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....

....(click on the links to stock up on ingredients)

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...



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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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