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Summer Skin & Nails


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Summer Skin & Nails

Summer Skin & Nails

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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 spend increasing time in our jandals and sandals over the summer months, or just plain old barefoot, our feet and toes are suddenly exposed to view. What can be hidden in the cooler months is less easily forgotten about when it gets hot, and if you suffer from any kind of Athlete’s Foot, you might just be thinking now is the time to do something about it!

Tinea pedis, commonly called Athlete’s Foot, is also known by many lovely colloquial names, including the rather unfortunate ‘toe-jam’.  It is the most common fungal infection that we humans are afflicted by, and involves one of three fungal organisms, with Trichophyton rubrum being the most common (and apparently the most stubborn!). This infection can be on the skin of the feet, especially between the toes, but also in the toe-nails, the hands and fingernails, and occasionally the groin area can be involved, more commonly in men. 

Two native New Zealand plants and one common kitchen herb may have the answer! The Cawthron Institute in New Zealand has confirmed the traditional Maori understanding that both Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), and Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) have anti-fungal actions against a wide range of organisms that cause skin infections, including specifically Trichophyton species. 

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), known to many as the flavour of stuffed chicken or pizza sauce, is also a powerful anti-fungal agent. When used in its concentrated extract form, the high levels of thymol present contribute to stopping the spread and growth of the fungal infection and can be found in our Manuka Paint

When all these three plants are used together, the synergy of their anti-fungal effect presents a potent blend to attack the fungal organisms directly. These herbs and extracts also have significant anti-inflammatory actions to reduce the irritation and redness of the skin, and a natural astringency to aid in the healing of effected tissues. 

Discover the naturally potent powers of New Zealand herbal medicines like our Manuka Oil to help your poorly little toes and eradicate your unwanted Trichophyton guests today! Next summer when they come out to play they’ll be thanking you for it.