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Nature’s Gift of Herbs- Our Natural Taonga
When we purchase pure essential oils, we usually don’t give much thought as to their natural origins. Although we know they derive from the plant world, we don’t always acknowledge their powerful association with herbs. Often, a pure essential oil is literally the ‘physical expression’ of a herb in order to distill it’s rich aroma and properties.
A ‘herb’ cannot simply be defined by its botanical meaning as a non-woody, annual, biennial and perennial plant that dies down at the end of a growing season, unlike a shrub or tree. Nowadays a herbalist’s definition not only includes fruits and vegetables, but also ferns, seaweeds, fungi, mosses, trees and their resin. A more encompassing definition is that a’ herb’ is a plant valued by human kind because of its usefulness in cooking, in medicine, in household preparations, perfumery and in industry.
So on that note, on our home page, we will regularly look at and celebrate different herbs; including some that are native to New Zealand.Their uses are rooted in Māori tradition.
Te toto o te tangata he kai;
Te oranga o te tangata, he whenua
While food provides the blood in our veins, our health is drawn from the land (Māori proverb)
Kawakawa ( Macropier excelsum)
Kawakawa is commonly known as the ‘pepper tree’. It is a tall native shrub with large green, heart-shaped leaves that often have holes in them, so it is quite easy to identify. The tiny edible orange berries appear in an oblong arrangement like small candles.
In its traditional usage, juice expressed from the roasted leaves of the Kawakawa, provided an excellent dressing for cuts and wounds. The leaves were boiled to provide a hot bath for the treatment of rheumatism and other aches and pains.Pulp made from the boiled leaves was used as a pack held against the face to help relieve toothache.
Additionally, the bitter smoke from burning Kawakawa was regarded as an excellent pest deterrent for insects such as mosquitoes.
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Everyday, an increasing number of people are discovering the material, physical, and psychological benefits of pure essential oils. Over the years, the demand for essential oils has grown, as people move away from commercial products, and are more mindful of their environment.
Anyone can easily use essential oils in their daily life – from making natural cleaning products and beauty products at home; to pet care, gardening and cooking. We hope you can be inspired to take some practical steps. Enjoy discovering how you can save money, better the planet, and improve your overall well being with pure essential and fragrant oils.
Quote of the Month
A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.
Henry David Thoreau
Herb Heaven Oil of the Month
Many of us associate the name Lemongrass with Asian cooking but are unaware that it’s essential oil has many valuable therapeutic uses.
Lemongrass is cultivated in the warm areas of Asia and China. The grass can grow up to half a metre tall and has rich green, ribbon-shaped leaves. It produces numerous, bluish purple flowers. The essential oil is extracted from the grass by steam distillation. In addition to acting as a digestive tonic, diuretic and antiseptic; the oil has pain-relieving properties. Citral is its major constituent.
The oil has a powerful lemony aroma and men especially are said to like it’s strong fresh scent.
In India where it has been used for a very long time, Lemongrass is considered a cooling herb. It is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat fevers and infections. It is regarded as a powerful well-being tonic and has the capacity to revive and revitalize a weary body. It has a toning effect on muscles, relieves pain, eliminates lactic acid and stimulates circulation. For this reason the oil is particularly good used in a sport’s massage blend.
The effect of Lemongrass oil on the mind is said to be purifying and stimulating. It is helpful for mental fatigue and loss of concentration.
Overall, it should be used sparingly as it is quite strong. On a caution note, it should be avoided in pregnancy and is not suitable for children who are eczema sufferers.
When undiluted the oil can irritate a sensitive skin. Interestingly though, as it is an astringent, it is said to regulate sebaceous secretions and is a skin antiseptic.
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Please note that pure essential oils are powerful and must be treated with due respect. Basic safety guidelines should be observed, as listed below: As a general rule, essential oils are for external use only. On the whole, you should dilute them in carrier oils when applying directly to the skin ( with the exception of Lavender, Tea Tree and some perfume oils) Certain essential oils such as Eucalyptus and Peppermint, should not be used while taking homeopathic medicines, as these oils may counteract the effects. Special care should be taken if you suffer from high blood pressure, epilepsy; have a hypersensitive skin or are pregnant. With any of these conditions, certain essential oils should be avoided ( Please check with a medical professional). Citrus essential oils, especially Bergamot, are mildly phototoxic and are best avoided on exposed skin in sunny conditions. Keep essential oils out of the reach of animals and pets. As cats have a different metabolic process from ours, do not use essential oils on them and use with caution to treat dogs. Keep oils away from the eyes and do not rub your eyes after handling them. Finally, when using essential oils at home, note that lower dosages are used for babies, children and the elderly. :
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