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Spotlight on Thyme


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
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  • 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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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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Autumn is now here and along with the changing leaves come the colder temperatures and the first chills of the year. If this change of season has given you a tickle in the throat, then thyme is the herb for you. While many people associate the flavour of thyme with pizzas or roast chicken, thyme deserves a place in both the kitchen and the medicine cupboard. 

While there are many wonderful varieties of thyme to plant in your garden, the thyme we use medicinally is Thymus vulgaris. It may not be the flashiest plant to look at with its tiny grey-green leaves, but it is choc full of potent active ingredients that have numerous therapeutic  effects in our bodies.

The amazing fragrance that is released when you rub thyme leaves between your fingers shows the presence of essential oils in the plant, and these are just some of the components that make thyme such an effective medicine. 

For centuries thyme has been used for all manner of coughs, colds and sore throats. It was often prescribed as a syrup and was used for whooping cough, bronchitis, sore throats and tonsillitis. As with so many of our medicinal herbs, modern scientific testing and clinical trials validate these traditional uses. 

There are many ways in which thyme works on the throat and lungs:

•   By reducing the spasm (relaxing the throat, calming the cough)

•   By killing the bugs (thyme demonstrates significant antibacterial and antifungal activity)

•   By soothing  the inflammation of the tissues (thyme is an anti-inflammatory)

•   By reducing mucous and phlegm 


In addition to the extract of thyme, the properties of honey made from the flowers of wild thyme here in New Zealand show powerful medicinal actions. Wild thyme grows abundantly in Central Otago, originally brought to the area by gold miners in the 1800’s. Who knew that nature’s medicine could taste so good?