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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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: Podocarpus totara
Common name: Totara
Part used: Bark

Totara is a slow growing medium to large tree, known to reach 30m in height. It has a large trunk up to 2-3m in diameter with thick ,corky, furrowed and somewhat stringy reddish-grey bark.  A special value was placed on the totara by Maori, and it was spoken of as a chiefly tree (“rakau rangatira”). Part of this high regard probably derived from its value in making large canoes, houses, and carving. The bark was also used to make torches, bowls and bags for storing preserved birds. Early European settlers to NZ found that this magnificent tree was extremely resistant to decay, and used it extensively for construction –  eg for wharf pilings, fence posts and railway sleepers.

The primary active constituent of Totara is the phenolic diterpene, totarol. Totarol is considered to possess potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties & is active against Gram-positive bacteria, including penicillin and methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Studies also indicate that totarol may be an efflux pump inhibitor; efflux being a common resistance mechanism employed by bacteria. Today, Totarol is extracted exclusively from recycled Totara so no trees are felled for its harvesting.

In a case study published in 2006, a Totarol-containing product was shown to be successful in effecting noticeable improvement in acne in a 14-year old male. There was reportedly a significant reduction in inflammation and the size and extent of lesions over the six week period of use. 

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