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The Amazing Pain Relieving Properties of Vitamin B-6

  Vitamin B6!! This amazing vitamin can achieve so much for so many conditions, it is beyond the scope of this article to cover them all – but I will endeavor to touch on most of them. The effectiveness and versatility of this interesting vitamin are certainly impressive, if not entirely surprising. Vitamin B6 is one of the most heavily worked co-enzymes, a group of small molecules that act as keys turning on and off most biochemical reactions. B6 deficiency appears to be on the rise (as are most B vitamins). People today seem to need far more of this vitamin than […]

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Easy Doggy Biscuits!

  As many of you know, Cottage Hill Herbs is not only home to a broad selection of herbs, products and magic, but also an array of animal friends who, like us, have a need for healthy, natural food and herbs! Today I want to share with you a really easy, delicious and healthy dog biscuit recipe that the cats can enjoy too! So let’s get right to it.   What you’ll need 3 cups wholemeal flour 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 cup wheatgerm 150gm mince steak 1 tsp kelp powder 1/2 cup full cream powdered milk 1 tbsp olive […]

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Finally it has arrived!!!

We have been waiting about 2 years for this product to become available and I am very excited to finally be able to share this stunning and versatile product with you and have it available to buy for your own potions! So what is this magical product? This amazing herb is officially known as Croton Lechleri with a common name of Sangre de Drago – sounds cool doesn’t it? It is. Dragon’s blood comes from the resinous sap of the tree, which when cut, bleeds a sap that runs and looks like thick blood. This sap contains an alkaloid called taspine that […]

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Gentle Elderflower and Yarrow Cleanser

It’s recipe time folks!! And here is a beautiful, gentle cleanser recipe that will have your pores singing! You can get all of these ingredients from our online shop, just e-mail me, donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz with your order! What you will need 50 ml cleansing lotion base 8 drops elderflower tincture 5 drops macadamia cold pressed oil 10 ml hydrosol of yarrow or almost any other hydrosol of choice 2 x drops grapefruit seed extract 5 drops pure essential oil of melissa or grapefruit (one only). What to do Into a clean bowl place the cleansing lotion base cream and slowly add each […]

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Featured Herb – Cayenne

Cayenne – yes that’s right!! Dried, uncooked Cayenne pepper, the common kitchen spice is our featured herb this week! You may not know this, but Cayenne is a wonder herb with a huge list of attributes and applications. I once saved my dog’s life using this miraculous spice – so lets look at just a few of the things that Cayenne can help with. Bleeding: Stops external bleeding in its tracks – simply sprinkle a light coating into and over cuts and wounds to stop bleeding and take the shock out of the wound. Heart Attack/Emergency Situations: Obviously one must seek medical help […]

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Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – the hard facts!

As consumers, we need to ask ourselves whether the cosmetics and personal care products we and our families use every day are more important to us than our long term health. We also need to ask ourselves if there are products we can do without. Cutting down on the number of products we use and making our own chemical free products will reduce our exposure to toxins, save money and cut down on the amount of chemicals polluting the earth. Ingredients in cosmetics and personal care items are not subjected to stringent pre-market evaluations and processes. In fact cosmetic companies […]

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Lip Balm for Beginners

  This week I present a very simple lip balm recipe to keep your lips fresh, moist and healthy as we head towards the cooler parts of the year! Now is the time to prepare these recipes so that you have them on hand for when you really need them!   What it does! All of the ingredients in this lovely and simple recipe are designed to moisturise, to sooth and to heal. Calendula is a beautifully soothing and gentle herb, wheatgerm oil is softening and moisturising and both essential oils will aid in healing sores (especially good for cold sores!). […]

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Did you hear the joke about the peach?

    Peach leaves are a relaxant and an anti-inflammatory that are particularly helpful for the urinary tract, kidney and for problems like cystitis. The leaf is also cooling and soothing to hot, red, itching skin conditions, allergies, scalp irritation and also stomach upsets such as nausea and cramping pain. It is a simple remedy for nervous, restless and over stimulated types with tangled nerves – I’m sure you know someone who applies here! It will also work for over-excitable children. I recently started drinking peach leaf tea before bed, and I have to say I am hooked! I am loving the […]

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Herbs for the stressed!

Stress. We all suffer from it. Some of us experience it once in a while when something really taxing happens whilst others seem to live in such a constant state of stress that coming up for air is a rare – nay freak occurrence. However much stress you experience, it can be devastating on our bodies. According to medical researchers who developed the stress scale ranking system – they found that the higher your total stress score in any particular year, the more likely you were to become ill. That’s right, you heard it here…there is a stress ranking system. Now you can […]

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Legend of the Four Thieves

The Legend of the Four Thieves; sounds spooky doesn’t it? I have chosen what I think you will find is an appropriately creepy image for this blog post, seeing as the legend in question took place during the bubonic plague. So here’s the story! There once were four thieves who spent their days ransacking empty plague-ridden houses. Miraculously none of them, though being often in contact with the dead, contracted the disease. One day the thieves were caught by policemen and brought before the French judges in Marseilles. The judges wanted to know how these thieves had resisted the plague, […]

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Featured Herb: Olive Leaf Extract

Olive Leaf! I always tell my students that olive is the one herb that they need in their garden. It has saved the lives of my animals in emergency situations, it has helped my patients with ongoing care and it is just incredibly powerful; the tree of life! And you don’t just have to take my word for it – there are a lot of studies being done and many doctors already successfully employing Olive Leaf extract as therapy for patients who suffer from medically puzzling diseases such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, arthritic inflammation and much more. Just take a […]

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Body Butter for beginners!

It is a wonderful feeling to make your own products; knowing exactly what is going in to them from start to finish and feeling that satisfaction every time you use them. If you have never made a skincare product before it can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  I have found for my students that just getting started can be the best way to set them down the path of DIY skincare! So why not give this simple recipe a try? If you know how to make a base cream then you can start from scratch, but […]

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