Long before supplements, naturopaths, yoga & meditation were at the tip of our fingers, people relied on native plant-based remedies to overcome symptoms of mental and physical illness. Many of these native herbs that have been used for centuries to help cure specific health ailments are re-appearing in many different health products for just the same health benefits as they’ve always been used for.
Call us old-fashioned, but we love calling on our fave natural remedies when we feel the need to bring ourselves back down to baseline – body, mind & soul. Check out our fave natural remedies below and what we turn to them for in times of need…
Kumarahou is a native Maori plant that was traditionally used for assisting liver and kidney function and helping your body to naturally detox. It is also great for providing relief from cold and flu symptoms because of its role as an anti-inflammatory of the trachea. Kumarahou leaves are rich in flavonoids, a wonderful addition to anyone’s body for helping to minimise the damage that free radicals may have on your body’s cells leading to ageing.
Extracted from coconuts by the cold pressing method, coconut oil is our absolute go-to for cooking, baking/unbaking, skincare AND haircare. With a strong natural moisturising power, coconut oil will restore hydration to your skin and hair, inject that beautiful plump feeling to your skin, and provide your kitchen creations with a good dose of healthy fats. Safe to say, this is a household staple!
The inner bark of the Elm Tree has been a medicinal favourite of Native Americans for years and years. It is jam-packed with plenty of important nutrients that collectively promote healthy nervous system functioning, as well as helping to ease your digestive system. Slippery Elm may be particularly beneficial for those who hold stress and anxiety in their stomach as it can help ease digestive complaints and restore a sense of calm.
The ultra special characteristic of peppermint is its delightfully refreshing scent, hence its use in toothpaste and other oral care. In addition to this, it has also been used for a long, long time as an anti-bacterial, as well as to soothe fatigue and improve mood. If you can feel a headache coming on, or even a little lethargy in the afternoons, rubbing peppermint essential oil into your temples will help perk you back up! Alternatively, give it a good sniff so it can infuse right through your body to exert its amazing healing benefits.
Traditionally Kawakawa has been used for a myriad of both internal and external health issues. All parts of the Kawakawa plant have been utilised for their restorative properties in promoting healing and relief from pain. Kawakawa leaves can be thought of as naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic, hence their common use in modern-day teas, skincare and health tonics. Aotea have produced an all-purpose soothing Kawakawa Balm with these amazing health benefits of Kawakawa at the forefront of their product development. They have accompanied the Kawakawa leaves simply with Tea Tree Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Beeswax. That’s all! This beautiful balm is your answer to natural, pocket-sized skincare.
To learn more about what Aotea do, including their beautiful all-natural multi-purpose Kawakawa Balm, you can head over here. To get your hands around the Kawakawa Balm yourself, you can order yourself a February Delight Box here xo