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Herbal Aphrodisiacs – (Part One)

In this three part series we will take a brief look at some of the best known and long used natural aphrodisiacs with a history of successful usage. First on this list is the amazing herb SUMA! Suma has been used by tribal shamans for at least 1,000 years and is recognised by them as the herb for everything as it assists such a huge range of body problems. Suma is firstly an adaptogen. Adaptogenic herbs assist the body to adapt to and handle all kinds of stress. They were massively researched during the 1950’s and 1960’s by Russian scientists who […]

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RED RASPBERRY SEED OIL (Cold Pressed)

New in Store! We are now stocking cold pressed Red Raspberry Seed Oil. This is a highly nourishing beautiful oil that sinks into the skin very quickly and is considered a dry oil for this reason. It has a natural SPF factor somewhere between 30 to 50 so an essential oil for its sunblock activity in creams, lotions and sun products. Prices: 50ml – $12.95 100ml – $24.95

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NEW 500 ml Cold Pressed Oils

We are proud to announce that we are now stocking 500 ml sizes of Apricot Kernel Cold Pressed Oil and Sweet Almond Cold Pressed Oil. These will be $29.95 per 500 ml bottle. To order please call us on (04) 526 4753 or email Donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz

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A Skin & Scalp Healing Herb – Marshmallow!

Marshmallow Root A member of the Mallow family with a history dating back to the old testament when it was eaten as a food and considered a delicacy by ancient Chinese and Romans. Once the main ingredient in the production of this amazing plant’s namesake “The Marshmallow”. It contains a sticky, sweet carbohydrate liquid which is very emollient, soothing to the digestive and urinary tracts and is much loved for its benefits to the respiratory system and in particular for the creation of soothing, healing cough syrups. Its healing properties are unsurpassed however when it comes to skincare and for […]

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Disclaimer

Disclaimer: All recipes on our website are created using our own base ingredients. Should you substitute any ingredients from other sources – we make no guarantee that these products will produce the same results. The ingredient content of other suppliers products may not necessarily be the same as we supply and this may effect the end result.

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SOOTHING HERBAL SYRUPS FOR THE COLD & FLU SEASON

There are so many herbs, berries and spices that may be utilised to create these wonderful syrups that the whole family will enjoy using to soothe sore throats, slow the coughing reflex and kill the bugs that invade our mucous membranes when our immune systems are not coping with seasonal changes, allergens and viruses. Many of the common spices and herbs we keep in our kitchens have strong antibacterial properties and may be used to make very effective syrups. Some of these are – Ginger: Fresh or dried Cloves: Dried Sage: Fresh or dried Tumeric: Fresh or dried Garlic: Fresh […]

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Making Natural Skin Scrubs

Scrubs are easy and inexpensive to make, easy to use and can be most effective in revitalising the skin by removing dead skin cells, increasing circulation and stimulating cell renewal. Scrubs can unblock the pores of dead cells and because of their exfoliating action can beautify dry, aging, flaky, oily, rough textured and acne-prone skin types. Scrubs promote a more youthful complexion, helping to ease fine lines and wrinkles, remove toxins and blemishes and ease dry, itchy skin conditions.  A scrub uses friction to help slough off the build-up of dead skin cells, especially helpful when the skin becomes sluggish […]

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“Making an immune boosting herbal vinegar for the whole family”

“MAKING AN IMMUNE BOOSTING HERBAL VINEGAR FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY” INGREDIENTS: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Herbs & Weeds as required & available:   – PARSLEY (Petroselinum Sativum): Rich in blood enriching chlorophyll and the antioxidant rich Vitamin C. Parsley builds blood because it is high in Iron, Vitamins A, B, B2, B3, Potassium and Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, Iodine and Copper. Its level of Potassium content is very high, making it valuable together with its Iron content for transporting oxygen to the cells. Research shows that cancer cells cannot live in a Potassium rich environment. Parsley is such a valuable herb […]

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BLEMISH / SPOT GEL

2.5gms Xanthan Gum 50ml Manuka Hydrosol 50ml Thyme Hydrosol Blend the gum with the hydrosols using a stick blender till gel is smooth. Then add: 5 drops Citricidal C… 10 drops Ti-tree pure essential oil 7 drops Lemongrass essential oil Place into an amber pump bottle and use as required to treat pimples, blemishes or acne. This formula is very anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal

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HERBAL HONEY

Herbal Honeys are very simple to create, make unique gifts, soothing medicines and delicious culinary delights for the kitchen. To make your honey, you will need a double boiler, herbs and spices – either fresh or dried and honey without a strong flavour. Method: Place your honey in the double boiler and heat until it is JUST warm (it is important not to heat the honey above this point), place your chosen herb into the honey, maintaining the heat at a just-warm state by turning the heat off and on until your herbs have been immersed in the honey for […]

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HERBAL SEASONINGS AND BLENDS

FOR SALADS, VEGETABLES, EGGS, COTTAGE CHEESE ETC: 1 Tsp Finely chopped dried lemon peel 1 Tblsp Lemon Balm leaves 2 Tsp White Pepper 2 Tsp Paprika 2 Tsp Thyme 2 Tsp Onion Powder or Granules 2 Tsp Dill Seed 2 Tsp Parsley 1 Tblsp Garlic Powder or Granules 1 Tblsp Dry Mustard 1 Tblsp Marjoram Grind all together in a coffee grinder or blender. ___________________________ SEAFOOD BLEND – For grilled, poached and baked fish – either before or after cooking: 1 Tblsp Thyme 1 Tblsp Fennel Seeds 1 Tblsp Sage 1 Tblsp Marjoram 1 Tblsp Chives 1 Tblsp Onion Flakes […]

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COLIC SOOTHING OIL FOR BABIES

60ml Fennel Seed infused oil 20ml Chamomile infused oil 16ml Lavender infused oil 5 drops Ginger pure essential oil 4 drops Fennel pure essential oil 5 drops Chamomile pure essential oil Combine all ingredients in 100ml amber bottle and shake to combine. Massage as required. Fennel Seed is an excellent anti-spasmodic and was the original herb used for gripe water, it is still very effective for this purpose if boiled gently for 20 minutes, strained and given to baby orally. Fennel Seed tea if drunk by a breast feeding mum, will increase milk flow and ease baby colic. (Remember to use […]

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