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Preventing Colds for the Whole Family

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  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
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Preventing Colds for the Whole Family

Preventing colds for the whole family

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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As we continue to experience some of the coldest winter weather on record, it’s important to think about how we can keep ourselves and our families well through the winter. As the old adage goes, “prevention is better than cure”, and never was this more true than for coughs and colds!

Supporting your immune system is something that natural medicine excels at. Herbs have been used since the dawn of humanity to keep the bugs at bay, and while we now know (thanks to science) more about how they work on our immune system, the simple fact remains that they worked then and they still work today.

Two of the strongest immune herbs for prevention of illness are Echinacea Root and Olive Leaf

Echinacea Root (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia) – You may already know that you can tell the quality of an Echinacea extract by how much in makes your tongue tingle! The tingling shows that the extract is high in the active constituent, the alkylamides. This special active is concentrated in the root of the plant, and is responsible for enhancing immune activity in the body. Echinacea is suitable for the whole family and very safe to take long-term. 

Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) – Olive leaf has been shown to have direct anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity. It attacks viruses in many ways and stops them replicating.

Other herbs that directly support the tissues in the throat, sinuses and lungs are also of benefit to help resist infection. These include Marshmallow, Mullein and Liquorice, and are especially indicated for those prone to coughs and chest infections.

In addition to these marvellous plant medicines, there are other simple ways to reduce your vulnerability to bugs. This is the most basic three-step programme we know:

  • Reduce stress. This goes for kids too. Make the most of winter for a bit of cosy hibernation and relaxing home time. Wrap up snuggy and keep the house dry and warm. Be like a bear and get plenty of sleep!
  • Eat a diet rich in brightly coloured vegetables (kumara, pumpkin, beetroot) and fruits, bump up the garlic in your cooking, use fresh culinary herbs prolifically in soups and pestos.
  • Take a high quality preventative herbal tonic every day to support your immune system to keep you robust and vital right through winter.