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9 days ago

Our monthly newsletter, Hapori, is out now for April! 📝

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This issue includes news from our members across the country, safety tips + advice, updates from our partners and more.

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9 days ago

Kolorex & Horopito - its hero ingredient

Naturally Healthy

New Zealand’s indigenous flora was used historically by Māori and through Rongoā Māori – traditional Māori medicine and healing – we learn the traditional use of our plants which today are corroborated with decades of research. It continues to fascinate me how we are provided with the … View moreNew Zealand’s indigenous flora was used historically by Māori and through Rongoā Māori – traditional Māori medicine and healing – we learn the traditional use of our plants which today are corroborated with decades of research. It continues to fascinate me how we are provided with the medicinal plants we require for optimal health in the environments we reside. Today I want to highlight one particular plant called Pseudowintera colorata, or Horopito as it is more commonly known.

Horopito is an evergreen shrub/small tree with elliptic leaves often splattered with red – not only do they look spicy but they taste peppery too leaving a wee bit of a burning sensation in the mouth. Nothing to cry about though! As you will learn further down, it is this peppery element lending to its therapeutic benefits.
It is the spicy leaves of Horopito that we use medicinally. Traditionally, Māori used Horopito leaves to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, and other skin conditions. Māori also used the leaves to help those with diarrhoea and stomach pain. Other traditional uses of Horopito include chewing on the leaves for toothache and steeped leaves taken internally to act as an analgesic (pain killer). Today we know the main action of Horopito is anti-fungal with many years of research-backed evidence to verify this. Other beneficial actions may include anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

The leaves contain tannins, flavonoids and volatile/essential oils. One of these volatile oils, specifically a sesquiterpene dialdehyde, exhibits the well documented fungicidal action listed above. This constituent is called polygodial and is the main biologically active constituent of Horopito.
Polygodial is produced by the plant itself to help combat attack by fungi. It is this very compound that shows extensive anti-fungal activity in humans too, especially against the yeast Candida albicans. See here for further information and studies on this: www.kolorex.com...

Interestingly, the inhibition of fungal growth by Horopito was shown to be stronger and faster acting when compared against a common anti-fungal pharmaceutical preparation amphotericin B, but without the side effects.
An imbalance of the gut and vaginal microbiome can seem rather common nowadays, especially with our stressful lifestyles and suboptimal diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar. C. albicans is normally found in a healthy gut; it only causes problems when individuals are immunocompromised for whatever reason, causing an ‘overgrowth’ which is known as candidiasis.

A common naturopathic approach to assist those with candidiasis may include the following steps:
– Identify and address underlying and predisposing factors
– Follow an anti-candida diet (little-no refined carbohydrates and sugar among other dietary measures)
– Provide nutritional and herbal supplemental support
– Support and enhance immune system function
– Support and promote detoxification and elimination organs

In relation to women’s health, C. albicans can overpopulate the vaginal flora when other beneficial bacteria are low causing conditions such as thrush. Thrush is unfortunately a common condition experience regularly by some women. Horopito may be used successfully for cases of thrush, both orally and externally. A 2013 study by Chopra, V et al found Horopito to be “equally as effective as itraconazole (a pharmaceutical anti-fungal medication) for the overall treatment of recurrent vaginal thrush.” When used topically for thrush Horopito is in a preparation with other soothing ingredients to help avoid a burning sensation, so don’t worry! Another fungal condition Horopito may be used topically for is athlete’s foot.

With the well-researched benefits of Horopito, in particular for fungal conditions, it is an excellent herb to have in our tool box as a natural health practitioner. We are lucky to have continued access to this powerful ancient herb used by our ancestors.

Source:Ashly Olsen is a Naturopath and Natural Fertility Educator based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

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10 days ago

NZ’s sweetest spots to live revealed

homed Sweet Spots

Ever wondered where the sweetest places to live in Aotearoa are?

Stuff’s Homed team has done some serious crunching of 14 data points to crown the seven best spots for 2021.

Congratulations to Addington, Christchurch which took out the overall sweetest spot!

You can check out the full… View more
Ever wondered where the sweetest places to live in Aotearoa are?

Stuff’s Homed team has done some serious crunching of 14 data points to crown the seven best spots for 2021.

Congratulations to Addington, Christchurch which took out the overall sweetest spot!

You can check out the full list of winning suburbs in the Sweet Spots section on Stuff. There’s also an interactive tool that you can tinker with to find your perfect place, based on the criteria that matter to you.

Who knows, you might be inspired to make a change.
Find out more

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10 days ago

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We are enrolling now for our May intake! Visit our website to enroll or to find out more.
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10 days ago

⏰LONGER SUNDAY HOURS ⏰

Michelle from Hamilton Small Animal Veterinary Centre

We are excited to share with you that from this Sunday the 11th of April our clinic will now be open longer hours on Sunday’s from 10am till 4pm for your convenience!😃

Consults with our vets will still be by appointment only, but we will now have more appointments available for you! 🎉

So… View more
We are excited to share with you that from this Sunday the 11th of April our clinic will now be open longer hours on Sunday’s from 10am till 4pm for your convenience!😃

Consults with our vets will still be by appointment only, but we will now have more appointments available for you! 🎉

So if need to see one of our team at the weekend, give us a call on 07 8492963. We look forward to hearing from you!💕

(Please note a small weekend fee does apply)

www.hamiltonvets.co.nz...

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10 days ago

Esteem Jewellery

Debi from Hamilton East

Sold As A Complete Set Of 4 Pieces
All In Excellent Condition Gold Plated.
Great Mothers Day Gift Idea...
New Never Used.

Price: $50

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10 days ago

SHOGUN BOARDGAME

Debi from Hamilton East

Shogun Game Milton Bradley 1986.Fuedal Warfare Game
Plays Like Risk.
As New Never Been Played
All Pieces Complete
Rare And Collectable!

Price: $80

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10 days ago

Mood Flame

Debi from Hamilton East

Unique Have Never Seen This In NZ. Purchased In CANDAD
Place In The Center of Your Coffee Table For Ambiance Whilst Watching TV... Or In The Center Of The Dinner Table Dinner Party.
Uses Methylated Spirits.
Comes With Flame Out Handle
Great Mothers Day Gift Idea If Your Looking For Something For … View more
Unique Have Never Seen This In NZ. Purchased In CANDAD
Place In The Center of Your Coffee Table For Ambiance Whilst Watching TV... Or In The Center Of The Dinner Table Dinner Party.
Uses Methylated Spirits.
Comes With Flame Out Handle
Great Mothers Day Gift Idea If Your Looking For Something For That Someone That Has Everything.

Price: $100

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10 days ago

Glass Storage Dishes

Debi from Hamilton East

Set Of 2 Glass Storage Dishes
Sold As Set Only!
Great Mothers Day Gift Idea!

Price: $25

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10 days ago

Smoothie Maker

Debi from Hamilton East

Living & Co.
Fairly New Excellent Condition Smoothie Maker.
Container Is Also Drinking Bottle With Travel Lid

Price: $20

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10 days ago

Sweat Shirts

Debi from Hamilton East

Great Condition Men's or Ladies Unisex Jumpers or Sweat shirts
Color: One Is White With Light Grey
Second One is Dark Grey With Light Grey
Both Are Size: XXL
Price Listed Is Each.

Price: $20

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10 days ago

All Blacks 6oz Stainless Steel Flask

Debi from Hamilton East

Great Collectable For The All Black Lover...
New Never Used.
Rare...

Price: $60

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10 days ago

Glass Coffee Cups

Debi from Hamilton East

Glass Coffee Cups Or use As Dessert Glasses For Parfait, Mousse and Pudding's With Fruit.
Set Of 6
Great Mother's Day Gift For That Coffee Or Dessert Lover!

Price: $30

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10 days ago

Ladies Purse

Debi from Hamilton East

Brand New Never Used...
Great Mother's Day Gift

Price: $25

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10 days ago

Budweiser Gear

Debi from Hamilton East

Official Budweiser Gear Size: L.
Unisex
New Never Used.

Price: $38

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