Manuka vs Head lice.

 

Head lice!!!

This week my kids came home with their school newsletter and the first line reads

“Check for head lice”

I’m sure every parent cringes when they see their child scratching away at their head, and (if you are like me) can send you on a lice hunting mission.

But, I know how to treat it quickly and effectively; and even better I know how to help stop them catching lice in the first place.… Continue Reading

What is Kawakawa? And why do we add it to GoodSport GP Salve?

Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a native plant found throughout the warmer regions of New Zealand. It grows to the size of a small tree or shrub and thrives in shaded areas, under the taller forest trees.

Kawakawa

Kawakawa berries are a favourite food of the Kereru (New Zealand wood pigeon).

Kawakawa has been used as a food source and medicinal plant for centuries in New Zealand.… Continue Reading

Manuka oil – A 100% natural alternative to treat Psoriasis and Eczema

Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema

If you or someone you know suffers from Eczema or Psoriasis you’ll know the distress it can cause, especially during the winter months. While modern medicine has made great progress in the treatment of these issues, many of us are searching for a natural alternative to ease the discomfort of these skin conditions.

New Zealand Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) has been used therapeutically for centuries and numerous scientific studies have backed up what the Maori people and early settlers have always known.… Continue Reading

Manuka: What is it & Why do we use it?

Manuka is a native New Zealand plant characterised by its small spiky leaves and white or pink- flushed flowers

Traditionally, the Maori people in New Zealand used Manuka leaves to cure a wide number of ailments – a tea from the leaves was used to treat stomach ailments, while the leaves themselves were used to treat everything from joint pain and fevers to burns and skin disorders.… Continue Reading

Looking for a natural anti-chafe? Your search ends here.

We’re no strangers to chafe.

And like you, we’ve used a bit of petroleum jelly in our time.

Petroleum jelly, though, is exactly what it sounds like: a jelly (emollient) made from petrol. It’s basically the leftover residue that’s made when crude oil is refined. Would you want to put this on your skin?

And did you know that what you put on your skin is absorbed, not only into the skin itself, but also into your bloodstream?… Continue Reading

Why Petroleum Jelly Sucks

Attention Athletes: Why You Should Stop Using Petroleum Jelly

Chafing sucks (or, more accurately, it rubs).

There are many ways to combat chaffing, but most people will point you in the direction of a simple lubricant most households have in their bathroom cabinets – Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)

But do you know what Petroleum Jelly is doing to your skin?

Despite being long used to treat a wide range of skin ailments, it’s not great for your skin – because it’s a byproduct of oil refining.… Continue Reading

Environmentally Friendly Sport

Go For Gold and Still Be Green: How To Be An Environmentally-Friendly Sportsperson

Is your sport hurting the environment?

Looking after your body doesn’t always look after the world.

You may, for example, buy a bottle of water every so often after you train. Staying hydrated is a good thing, right?

But did you know that the production of those water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year? Not to mention the additional 50 million to pump, process, transport and refrigerate the water.… Continue Reading