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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • 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

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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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More than just the bane of Summer BBQs, bites from mozzies and sand-flies can have nasty consequences. In many African and Asian countries, mosquitoes are known as carriers of other diseases, while in Australia, tics can also be the bearers of more than bad news. For some people who are sensitive, what may be just an ordinary old insect bite can provide days and days of swollen and itchy misery. Whatever the situation, there are a multitude of very good reasons to want to keep insects at bay!

Many people are wary of using commercial insect repellents that contain the known skin irritant DEET, especially on their babies and children. Stories abound about the insect repellent that stripped the paint off the car bonnet! And yet the most important point about any insect repellent is that you have confidence that it will do the job and keep the critters away.

Thankfully there are a few natural ingredients that have proven in clinical trials to be at least as effective as commercial insect repellents. The added bonus is that they are safe to be used for all ages, and they naturally smell pretty lovely too!

Lemongrass Essential Oil – has demonstrated in trials its ability to repel mosquitoes for 2-3 hours, and shown to be as effective as commercial repellents. Smells divine.

Fennel Essential Oil – laboratory and field trials prove efficacy against a variety of mozzies, and it was shown to be just as good as DEET containing preparations.

Vitex agnus castus (Chaste Berry) extract – this will seem a left-field addition for those who know Chaste berry for its influence on human hormones! It turns out Chaste is also an excellent insect repellent, effective against a variety of biting insects for up to 6 hours. In fact, in a study of 70 natural extracts, Chaste came out on top as the number one insect deterrent.

So whether you are travelling, camping, tramping, or simply wishing to enjoy a twilight meal on the deck, rest assured there are natural remedies like our Herbal Insect Repellent for keeping insects away that have proven they can pack a punch.