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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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


Botanical name: Hoheria populnea
Common name: Hoheria, Houhere, Lacebark, Ribbonwood, Thousand Jacket.
Part used: Leaves, bark, flowers

Hoheria is a rapidly growing small tree belonging to a genus that is endemic to New Zealand. Its name derives from its many lace-like layers of inner bark, which can be torn into ribbon-like strips.

Most of the medicinal uses to which Hoheria was applied in the early days appear to relate to its content of mucilaginous polysaccharides, as a soothing agent for digestive and respiratory problems, as well as an emollient (softening agent) for external application. Hoheria was also traditionally used to soothe, soften and heal tissues, and improve the hydration of the skin. Due to the many similarities between the applications of this plant and those of Slippery Elm bark (Ulmus fulva) it may be seen as the New Zealand equivalent to Slippery Elm, a plant which is becoming an endangered species. It is particularly useful for inflammatory conditions of the digestive system. 

Conditions for which Hoheria may be useful include dyspepsia (discomfort after eating eg. bloating, heartburn, or nausea), stomach and duodenal ulcers, colitis, gastritis, reflux oesophagitis, enteritis & other inflammatory bowel conditions, sun-damaged skin, and skin pigmentation changes.

Kiwiherb products containing this herb: