Why fasting is good for you

Why fasting is good for you

Many people hold a subconscious belief that if they somehow go hungry for too long, fast or simply eat less that their metabolism will somehow deem them to be in famine and hold onto fat. The reality is this is simply not true. Because of this belief many people think...
Is your gut just a giant worm?

Is your gut just a giant worm?

When thinking about the gut we need to imagine it in order to understand it. From an evolutionary perspective, it is amazing how similar our gut is to an earthworm. Earthworms are the composting mechanism of the garden. A worm doesn’t have a brain, yet it...
Don’t Believe the Food Industry

Don’t Believe the Food Industry

The Food Industry does not care about your health. Therefore you cannot believe what they say about their products. Anything. If you start with this premise then you learn to take everything you read with a grain of salt. Below we have 2 images. One represents a...
Diet Rules ~ 12 simple rules to follow

Diet Rules ~ 12 simple rules to follow

We all need rules. Rules give us a set of standards and boundaries to stay within. Diet rules are the same. They are a set of rules to live by. If you follow these rules you will be set for life. Psychology Don’t let people put you off your lifestyle and food changes...
Guidelines to an Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle

Guidelines to an Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle

This is a brief how-to guide to living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Old healers said that ‘toxicity’ was the root of all dis-ease. Now we know that ‘inflammation’ is the cause of all disease. Inflammation is the body’s way of reacting to infection, injury, chemical...
Be Patient ~ You are one!

Be Patient ~ You are one!

How long does it take to get results when seeing a Medical Herbalist such as ourselves? We all tend to want a quick fix and whilst there are some cases that are a quick fix {one issue that needs dealt with quickly} most of our cases are chronic conditions which means...
What is Cardiovascular health?

What is Cardiovascular health?

As winter approaches and we think of ways to keep warm, hot chilli’s and exercise come to mind. The Cardiovascular system is often something we don’t even think about, until something goes wrong. Yet this is New Zealand’s biggest killer. And it is...
The Skincare Puzzle ~ How to feed your skin

The Skincare Puzzle ~ How to feed your skin

The Skincare Puzzle ~ Would you be enticed by an advertisement for a coat that is waterproof, stretchable and washable, that automatically repairs small cuts, rips, and burns, and that is guaranteed to last a lifetime with reasonable care? Sounds too good to be true...
Aging & the Brain

Aging & the Brain

Aging is our topic for the month with a specific focus on the brain. Brain tissue ages as we age and it is important to know what to do about it. Feeding a brain takes hard work and a lot of patience as one needs to focus on high density foods like oily fish and organ...
Anti-aging ~ What does it really mean?

Anti-aging ~ What does it really mean?

Anti-aging is a term that has been flown around since the advent of the beauty industry’s realm of facial treatments for sunspots and wrinkles started to come onto the market ~ but what does this really mean and can we truly reverse aging with a skincare cream,...
Keys & Locks

Keys & Locks

One thing I have learned about plants is that they often hold the keys to our locks. Now this might sound romantic but there is a lot of truth in this because the evolution of plants, ourselves and all animals happened alongside each other. This co-evolution has...
The Science of Herbal Medicine

The Science of Herbal Medicine

Here at the Apothecary we are passionate about Herbal Medicine. We often get asked if herbal medicine is scientific. One of our missions at the Apothecary is: To create scientific awareness of Herbal Medicine.  Herbs work in the body because they contain families of...