Mix together until dissolved in approx. 60mls of hot water and then top up with frothy hot milk!
Makes 1 cup
It's just like a cafe version. Go ahead and play with the proportions x
Add a sprinkle of Cinnamon, Ginger or Cardamon to spice things up. Play with the combos until you get your favourite :)
Its nearing the end of Māori language week and I thought it would be great to highlight some of our traditional medicines. The New Zealand bush is rich in history, culture, beauty and its also a source of native plants you could use in your life for medicinal purposes.
Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum)
The pharmacy of the forest! This is a potent plant that is beneficial for easing the digestive system by helping ease digestive pains and indigestion, it is also a great winter tonic and helpful for relieving coughs and colds, sore throats and tonsillitis. Topically it is ideal for cuts, boils, abscesses, wounds, eczema and toothache. The leaves can be steeped in boiling water and taken as a tea. Kawakawa extract contains volatile oils and lignan's it has many herbal actions and they are depurative, carminative, anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Analgesic, Antidyspeptic, Diuretic, spasmolytic and diaphoretic. If your after Kawakawa for external use try our Kawakawa balm it is amazing for eczema!.
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
This is one of our most famous pharmaceutical quality medicines noted for its healing ability world wide. Whether its the essential oil or honey made from the Manuka flowers. This little beauty is used for IBS, IBD, diarrhoea, gastric ulcers and stomach infections. It is also used for colds, flu and fevers; but also as a mouthwash for gum disease and mouth ulcers. Topically its used for wounds, cuts, sores, acne, bacterial or fungal infections, haemorrhoids and anal fissures. Manuka also comes in the form of a herbal extract and its constituents are volatile oils, tannins, flavonoids, triterpene acids and derivatives. The herbal actions of Manuka are antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-ulcerogenic, diuretic, spasmolytic and sedative.
Koromiko (Hebe stricta)
Internally this native is really effective for severe diarrhoea and stomach pains, but it also stimulants appetite. Topically it is used for weeping and inflamed sores, ulcers, nappy rash, mouth ulcers and even dental infections. It is most effective in herbal extract form, but young leaves may be chews for digestive complaints or a poultice can be made for topical ailments. The active constituents in Koromiko are Tannins and alkanes, but it has many herbal actions including astringent, antidiarrheal, antibacterial, carminative, choleretic, emmenagogue and spasmolytic properties. Traditionally its was used in ritual ceremonies and healing of the sick. The Tohunga would use Koromiko for its spiritual and medicinal powers.
Kumerahou (Pomaderris kumeraho)
This native stands out in respiratory conditions its a bitter herb but great for stubborn coughs, bronchitis, asthma and any broncial or pulmonary conditions. Along with helping our respiratory system it is also used for skin diseases like eczema, wounds, sores or rheumatism. In herbal extracts its consituents are saponins, flavonoids, and ellagic acid. Its herbal actions are depurative, expectorant, antidyspeptic, antirheumatic, aperient, and vulnerary. Traditionally the flowers could be used as a soap substitute.
For further information on these plants send me a message via the booking form
Hope you enjoyed a little run down on our very own medicinal resources x
Booker, S., Cambie, R., & Cooper, R. (1987). New Zealand medicinal plants. Auckland: Reed.
Rasmussen, P. (2001). Therapeutic uses of NZ Native phytomedicines. Auckland: Phytomed.
Riley, M. (1994). Maori healing and herbal. Paraparaumu: Viking Sevenseas
Rhys Jones, 'Rongoā – medicinal use of plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/rongoa-medicinal-use-of-plants (accessed 16 September 2018)
These are deliciously easy to make, all you need are the ingredients, a plate to roll the balls in desiccated coconut and a food processor!
Lemon bliss balls
1 Cup Raw cashews
1 Cup desiccated coconut
Zest of 1 lemon (or 3 little ones if your tree is producing small ones like ours at the moment)
Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon dependant on how lemony you like it
10 drops of Dōterra's Lemon essential oil
1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of Maple syrup
1 tsp of Honey
Extra desiccated coconut to roll the balls in after
1. Place all the first section of ingredients in a food processor in the order written and blend until the mixture is like a sticky crumb.
2. Now roll the mixture into balls. I use a tsp of mixture with slightly wet hands.
3. Roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut to coat them.
4. Place covered in the fridge to set ( You can eat them straight away too). They should last up to a week in the fridge, well that is if they last that long! If your making more you can freeze and defrost as needed.
These are great for kids lunches or as an afternoon treat. Adapt with protein powder, superfood powders, or play around with the ingredients to use what you have in the cupboard also :)
Emotional struggles or stress can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on your health.
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We all know how absolutely amazing RESCUE REMEDY is right? Well there are actually 38 remedies! They work just as subtly, but in different ways and can be utilised to help you and your family - they are perfect for any age.
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Life can throw us some difficult experiences its up to you to ask for tools to help. Whether its emotional support like bach flowers or counselling for understanding yourself a little better;
nutritional support (this can have an incredible effect), gentle dietary changes (long term support) or lifestyle changes...they all can help bring a different light on your situation.
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Naturopathy is a blend of traditional healthcare knowledge, science based nutrition, herbal medicine and other natural medicines or therapies.
As a Naturopath you look into & address the symptoms affecting your client; but also the root cause & trace the health decline along with possible outcomes if it continues. Its prevention as well as a natural approach to health care.
Naturopaths don't replace other Medical professionals like GPs or Specialists they all have an important role in providing you with the best health care to meet your needs.
Naturopaths in NZ train through one of 3 Specialised Colleges all meeting the government recommendations. Generally its 3 years full-time study or it can be broken down into part-time study. It requires thousands of hours of study, research, & client care learning - not only about Natural medicines, but the science behind the human body. It's looking right down to the biochemistry, pathophysiology & then physically in massage as well. This provides Naturopaths with a complete understanding of how the body works providing a whole body approach - Mind Body & Soul - so they can advise clients on how to achieve improved health & wellness.
Health store workers & Pharmacists do a great job advising on natural medicines for you to take to help address your health needs. But, without having the time spent conducting a full case take (1-1.5hours initial, behind the scenes research & brainstorming along with face-to-face follow-ups addressing change in circumstances) they're not going to be able to see the whole picture & you might not see the results you'd hoped for. This is where you can spend a lot of time & sometimes un-nessary money just to presume natural medicine doesn't work.
You might also be taking wonderful supplements, but are they the right ones....are they the right form for the best absorption & are they actually what your body needs first?
Did you know...there are 13 types of Magnesium. They don't all absorb or work the same way. Some are great for your nervous system (Sympathetic & Parasthestic), Musculoskeletal system, Cardiovascular system, only one crosses the blood brain barrier & is helpful for depression. Did you also know a healthy person can only absorb around 20-30% they've ingested be it food or supplement sourced.
This is where a naturopath comes in they are highly qualified & trained to analyse your case to clinically find the best plan just like a lawyer handles there lawsuits and court preparation to be prepared to achieve the best outcome for they're clients.
BHSc(CompMed), DipNat, DipHerbMed
Naturopath & Medical Herbalist