Manutuke Herbs Kawakawa balm is made using quality raw products sourced within in New Zealand. The Kawakawa we use is grown on a converting to organics spray free property and is made by qualified practitioners using traditional methods but adhering to the pharamacopeia guidelines of manufacture.
We use certified organic Borage and Oil of Borage. Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. Borage flower might have an antioxidant effect. This reference was taken from WebmD. Borage has also been used for centuries in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions and arthritis conditions.
Kawakawa steeped in Grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil as a carrier is gentle and absorbs easily into the skin – it also contains antioxidants which are beneficial for cell repair.
Hypericum Oil is very expensive but we believe it is so important to adding value to the action of Kawakawa that we won’t cut costs and leave it out. Hypericum oil has an affinity with nerves and traditionally it has been used for the treatment of eczema and haemorrhoids.
Kumerahou is used in tincture form. Our head practitioner wild harvests the Kumerahou in the Whangamata area once a year when it is in flower. This is a treasure to NZ and we take the harvest of it very seriously. In Maori rongoa books Kumerahou is considered a cleanser.
Last but not least Calendula. Manutuke Herbs grows most of its Calendula flower on a converting to organic spray free property. Calendula is known to be a natural antiseptic flower which aids skin repair.
Beeswax. Although Manutuke Herbs has it’s own beehives we do source some of our wax elsewhere. We prefer to support beekeepers who alternate their treatments with more natural practices.
What you should know about Kawakawa Balm from Amanda Macrae’s point of view (Head practitioner and owner of Manutuke Herbs). “I believe Kawakawa is a great little balm to have in your bag or medicine cabinet. I don’t however think enough people understand that it is not a cure all. Kawakawa balm has become soooo popular over the last few years with lots of people pushing it hard on social media saying it will cure everything. What I want people to understand is that yes, most balms even one just made out of olive oil with no herbs, will have a benefit to dry skin. Kawakawa is hydrating and acts as a protective layer BUT… if you apply it to unclean skin you are trapping potential bacteria in and the bacteria will reproduce. For this reason qualified practitioners will tell you if you want to treat a chronic condition such as eczema you should NOT use a BALM ! Why? Balms trap things in. The skin doesn’t breath – it can’t discharge what it is trying to get rid of. Balms also heat the skin. SOOOO if you have been using a balm and it appears your chronic condition is improving, it might be that you have been hydrating the area, but you need to treat the cause otherwise you will find that it is going to come back or spread in some cases. If you want to treat chronic skin conditions with medicinal herbs then creams are what a qualified practitioner would be advising you to use. They would also be advising you about your diet and what the maintaining cause of the problem is, treating the whole person.”
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