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Why Liquids?


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

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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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Practitioner-Quality Herbal Medicines for Your Family

With the staggering number of pills, capsules and tablets available on the market, the option of taking a liquid herbal preparation makes many people stop to think; why use liquid herbs? As herbalists we get asked this all the time, and we never tire of answering as it is something we are utterly passionate about. 

Herbal medicine is at its most powerful when quality medicines are given at the right dosage. Liquids exemplify this, maximising the efficacy of the herb to treat your condition.

A liquid herbal preparation doesn’t require the tabletting agents, fillers, excipients, coatings and capsule casings that pills necessitate, making it a much more pure and potent form of medicine. 

Unlike most drugs that have one ‘active’ element that does one specific thing in the body, herbs are rich in complex phytochemicals (plant chemicals) and have many different ‘actives’ that perform multiple functions. When liquid herbs are prepared properly, the full range of the active constituents of any herb are extracted and ready for use by your body. 

The other key user-friendly aspect of a liquid herbal medicine is that it allows for flexibility of dosing. This is important especially in children, where a six month old baby will clearly need a different dose than a six year old child. Trying to divide up a capsule might prove impossible, but adjusting the dose is straight-forward with a liquid. Also a liquid makes it easy to give medicine to little people who may have difficulty with swallowing tablets, or to elderly people who may have problems digesting and absorbing tablets.

There are many other advantages to liquid herbal medicines; for some herbs the taste of the herb is important for its therapeutic action. This is especially true of the group of herbs we call ‘bitters’, which in part work through the taste receptors on your tongue sending signals to your stomach and digestive tract to ramp up digestive function. Yes our bodies are amazing! 

In other blogs we have written about the advantages of liquid Echinacea preparations specifically. With Echinacea you can easily gauge the quality of the medicine by how much it makes your tongue tingle! This is because of the presence of alkylamides, the most active constituents in Echinacea. The alkylamides in Echinacea stimulate and modulate your immune system, but they also stimulate your tongue, so a tingly mouth shows you that the Echinacea will be getting to work elsewhere in the body also. A liquid preparation of Echinacea means you can measure the quality for yourself, each time you take it.

The feedback we get from customers is that, quite simply, liquids work better.  As herbalists and practitioners, we want to know that we are giving the best quality medicines to each person, at the right dose for them, so that they will get results as fast as possible. Ultimately, you buy a medicine because you want it to be effective, and quality liquids allow herbs to be at their medicinal best.