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ECZEMA HEALING OINTMENT FOR BABIES & CHILDREN

250gm Organic Moisturising Base Cream 10ml Aloe Vera Liquid 3ml Horsetail Tincture 10ml Comfrey Glycerite 8ml Calendula Oil 5ml Organic Castor Oil 2ml Neem Oil 5ml Stinging Nettle Tincture 1.5ml Tumeric Pure Essential Oil 2ml Benzoin TinctureNatural Preservative: 23 drops Citricidal C   Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix very well till all liquids are well mixed. Sterilise pots with alcohol or other sterilising formula. Place into pots. Makes 5 x 50gm pots. This safe blend of herbal extracts has a very effective healing effect on eczema, dry itchy skin and may be safely used […]

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THYME IN THE GARDEN

Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Thyme may be grown from seed for mass plantings. Thyme makes an excellent low growing hedge to 15cm. Wonderful for gardens, in the vegetable or ornamental garden. The rich fragrance is released into the surrounding air with the heat of the sun, creating a purifying effect upon the plants growing in the nearby vicinity. Plants grown in the same area will be healthier and stronger and bees which love this plant will aid the pollination of fruiting and flowering plants. An excellent plant for apiaries, being a good source of medicine to remove certain hive infections. Pretty, […]

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COMPOST FOR THE ORGANIC GRADEN

Straw & hay are high in nitrogen, a compost activator is needed to rot them down. Comfrey, Chamomile and Yarrow are all excellent activators. – Cleavers is rich in minerals. – Corn Cobs are very high in silica and potash. – Seaweed is very high in potash. – Poultry manure is high in nitrogen. – Sawdust (untreated) is excellent for creating a more friable soil mix, but leeches nitrogen. – Animal manure’s – Horse, Cow, Pig etc are all high in nitrogen. – Paper scraps, newspapers etc are better mixed with straw. – Dry leaves are best mixed with other […]

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EAT SUNFLOWER SEEDS & STOP SMOKING

An American nutritionist, DR J Douglas suggests the following – but raw shelled sunflower seeds and carry some with you. Whenever you get the smoking urge, reach for a handful of seeds instead. The more …munching you do the less smoking you will do. Sunflower seeds provide energy for the brain and they perk it up. In addition, they stimulate the output of various glands, including the adrenals and decrease allergic reactions. Dr. Douglas says sunflower seeds also stabilise the nerves. The oils are calming and their vitamin B content help rebuild the nervous system. Note: Magnesium and Thiamine are […]

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ROSEWATER

1 Cup boiled distilled water 2 Drops tincture of benzoin 22 Drops Rose pure essential oil Method: Add above ingredients to the boiled hot water. Allow to cool and bottle in attractive glass containers. This produces a beautiful superior quality rosewater that is one of the best skincare treatments for dry, inflamed, mature or sensitive skin as a toner, refresher and skin balancing treatment. It may be used for cleansing the face and for prevention and elimination of wrinkles. There is simply nothing better than rosewater for daily skin treatment. Also effective for the treatment of acne and blackheads with […]

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Chamomile & Oat Straw Tea

For improving the skin, hair, nails, bone and teeth – try drinking chamomile and oat straw tea regularly – a pleasant tasting herbal tea rich in calcium and silica to restore balance to the system. Safe and effective for everyone. Use 1 heaped teaspoon to approx. 1 cup, drink around 3 cups per day for the most effect. A superb aid to sleep if used in a dose rate of 1 large tablespoon to 1 cup of water – 1 hours before bedtime.  May be safely used during pregnancy and for children.

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Sports Balm

This is a strong balm that has a cooling and pain relieving effect on sprains, bruising and general sports related injuries. It may also be helpful for other pain related conditions, when used topically. Ingredients: 1/4 cup beeswax pellets 1 1/4 cups oil combination made up as follows – 1/2 cup Arnica Oil (for pain, bruising and inflammation) 1/4 cup Tumeric Oil (for pain, inflammation and tissue repair) 1/4 cup St John’s Wort (for nerves, ligaments and tendons) 1/4 cup Rosemary Oil (for circulation and pain) Note: these are all infused oils Combine beeswax and oil combinations in top of […]

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ROSE SCENTED SUGAR

This delicate sugar has a multitude of uses: It can be used to sweeten cakes and sauces, stirred into cream or yoghurt for subtle flavouring and substituted for castor sugar in rose-water biscuits. Ingredients: 5 cups highly scented dried rose petals 1 cup castor sugar 3 – 4 drops pure essential oil of French Rose Grind the rose petals in a food processor of liquidizer with a little sugar, until the consistency of coarse sand. Add 1 drop of essential oil to each batch ground. Bottle and store for that unique “difference” in food dishes.

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ROSES FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

The Leaves: of the wild rose when dried make a good substitute for tea. The petals and the fruit are still regarded as a useful heart tonic. Red roses increase the retentive faculty – they can be used as a gargle. Rose water made into syrup with Elderberries is excellent (and delicious) for sore throats, coughs and colds. Rosehips: are the richest source of Vitamin C f…rom the plant world (especially rich are the hips from the Rugosa Roses) – although all rosehips contain various levels of Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids which help prevent the destruction of Vitamin C in […]

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Healing With Herbal Teas

FOR ECZEMA: 1 part Chickweed 1 part Burdock Root 1 part Yellow Dock Root 1 part Sarsparilla Root 1 part Stinging Nettle FOR CLEAR UNBLEMISHED SKIN: 1/2 part Oat Straw 1/2 part Red Clover 1/2 part Burdock Root 1 part Sarsparilla Root FOR ARTHRITIS & PAIN: 1 part Alfalfa 1 part Yarrow 1 part Devil’s Claw Root 1 part White Willow Bark 1 part Dandelion Root Method for all formulas – gently simmer 1 heaped tablespoon of the mix in 3 1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes (lid on pot). Strain and drink 1 cup three times daily – […]

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Haemorrhoid Ointment

1/2 cup organic moisturising base cream 10 drops calendula oil 12 drops witch hazel extract 8 drops myrrh tincture 12 drops aloe vera liquid Combine all ingredients thoroughly. This ointment shrinks and heals painful haemorrhoids and eases itching. When treating this painful condition – the circulatory system needs to be addressed in order to prevent reoccurrence.

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New: Orris Root CHIPS

Our ever popular Orris Root Powder is now available in Chip form! Orris Root Powder is widely used as a fixative to scent pot pourri’s etc, the chips however do not cloud your pot pourri like the powder sometimes does. Price is $13.95 per 50gms of Orris Root Chips. Give us a call on (04) 5264753, or email Donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz to order yours!

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