Donna’s Blog

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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Flower Essences for your pets!

Just like us, animals can suffer from anger, fear, sadness, stress and all the rest, and just like us they can benefit greatly from the addition of flower essences! Flower essences are gentle and safe, so you can try them out on your pets and animal friends if you have specific concerns about them! I have had a lot of animals over the years and I have found flower essences to be a wonderful support for my beloved furry friends. We know you love your animals as much as we do, and often animals reflect what we ourselves may be […]

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It’s thyme for a herbal highlight!

It’s been a challenging few months here at the herb farm, what with the bridge going out and having to close the shop to the public until further notice. The future of the bridge is still uncertain but, as they say, better thymes are ahead…or only thyme will tell…or some other thyme pun that will segue us nicely into our featured herb this week; thyme. Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)  is one of the easiest of all herbs to grow, whether grown from seed or from bundles of store bought plants.  However you grow it, plant heaps of it because it’s simply […]

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The most important ingredient to add to your skincare regime!

  Happy Friday everyone! This week I want to share with you what I feel is the most important ingredient for your skincare. This amazing oil has a unique ability to penetrate deep into skin tissue, acting as a superb transporter of all ingredients within your fomula and carrying these ingredients further into tissue than any other product is capable of.  It also stimulates micro circulation via the skin, hair follicles and lymphatic system. So what is this amazing oil?!! Why it’s organc castor oil of course!  This fantastic oil has been around for centuries but is little celebrated in our mainstream culture […]

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Notice to all our valued customers…

UPDATE ON STORE CLOSURE: December 30th 2015:   Due to the only bridge leading to our herb shop collapsing, unfortunately the shop is still closed to the public. However, we are taking orders by e-mail and phone. Leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can! E-maill : donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz Phone: 04-526 4753

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Feverfew – The Migraine Herb

    It’s a beautiful day here at Cottage Hill Herb Farm, and there is lots happening out in the garden.  Right now the roses are nearly finished their bloom, but the Feverfew is putting out a stunning display right outside of my patio door, so I thought it was a good time to share some information about this wonderful, easy-to-grow herb before I get to harvesting it.     Easy to grow and totally beautiful in full flower with its masses of daisy flowers, Feverfew grows readily in poor soils, creating a very attractive ornamental for your garden. It […]

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our customers and thank you for supporting us for the last 12 months. Looking forward to another great year with you in 2016.

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Arthritic Joint Pain Massage Oil

Arthritis and joint pain is caused by stagnant fluids, uric acid and the build up of sediment around the joint. Excellent pain relief may be obtained by massaging this oil into the affected area. Circulation improves as the joint area is cleansed and soothed with this unique oil combination that assists in removing metabolic wastes via the lymphatic system whilst relieving pain at the same time. To make 100 ml massage oil: 30% Castor oil – organic cold pressed 30% M.S.M. infused oil 20% Kawakawa infused oil 10% Tumeric with Black Pepper infused oil 10% Magnesium oil 30 Drops Tumeric […]

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Rose – The Mother of All Plants

Roses engender a soothing, calming “Rescue Remedy” like impact on our whole being. Roses comfort and purify our emotional being, calming our mindset and heart, bringing in peace, joy, tranquility and harmony along with a new sense of acceptance and contentment. Roses re-channel our energies to our true soul purpose and universal direction. To use: Make a cup of tea from a whole organic rose and drink slowly or make a tea of dried organic roses. You may also take 4 drops x 4 times daily of our organic rose flower essence (take regularly).   Organic dried rose petals and […]

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Invigorating and Energising Bath Vinegar

1 Litre Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Tbsp. Rosemary 2 Tbsp. Sliced Ginger Root 2 Tbsp. Mint Leaves Combine all ingredients in glass bottle with a non metal lid. Shake daily for 3 weeks – keeping it out of the light. Strain and use half to one cup per bath, depending on how lack lustre you feel. Rosemary and ginger mint are excellent stimulants to ease both physical and mental fatigue. These herbs boost circulation, ease aches/pains and overcome exhaustive states. Apple Cider Vinegar extracts the herbs properties and is itself rich in vitamins and minerals, whilst also balancing the […]

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Ingredients for Chemical Free Cleaning Products

Baking Soda – Aluminium Free (500 gm x $2.50 and 1 kg x $4.95) Epsom Salts – 99.7% Pure (500 gm x $3.50 and 1 Kg x $6.95) Soda Ash (500 gm x $4.95 and 1 Kg x $8.00) Borax Pentahydrate (500 gm x $5.50 and 1 Kg $10.90) Milled Castile Soap Flakes (500 gm x $11.95) Organic Liquid Castile Soap Base (500 ml x $19.95 and 100 ml x $5.50) Pure Distilled Water (500 ml x $6.95) Shampoo Base – Paraben, Peg and SLS Free (300 ml x $19.95) [Can make up to 600 ml] Conditioner Base – Paraben, […]

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Organic Heirloom Rose Petals

New stock just harvested (limited supply) – Available in: Deep Mahogany Purple Rich Pink Pale Pink White 50 gm x $17.95   Also available: Organic Heirloom Rose Infused Apricot Oil (50 ml x $12.50 100 ml x $24.50) Organic Plantain Hydrosol (100 ml x $15.95) Organic Comfrey Hydrosol (100 ml x $15.95) Did you find this article helpful? If so, please sign up for our new and free newsletter where you will learn many simple ways to create your own natural healing products from salves, oils, cream and lotions, baby-care and much much more including loads of herbal information to […]

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