Kolorex are a New Zealand company who research and use the NZ Native Horopito extract. Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) is endemic to New Zealand, and it is known as the pepper tree due to the hot peppery taste of the leaves. Polygodial is the main active constituent in Horopito that is responsible for its antifungal action.

Polygodial was first isolated from the leaves of Horopito in 1982 by researchers at the University of Canterbury. Early research showed that the polygodial in Horopito was stronger than amphotericin B, a common pharmaceutical antifungal in use at that time.

Other active constituents include:
• Volatile oil – containing eugenol and at least 21 terpenes and volatile sesquiterpenes (of which the sesquiterpene polygodial is dominant).
• Flavonoids – including Quercetin, Luteolin, Apegenin, and Dihydroquercetin
• Anthocyanins – red coloured leaves contain higher concentrations of anthocyanins
• Tannins

Clinical studies demonstrate that Horopito capsules are as effective as conventional anti-fungal drugs in the treatment of Vulvovaginal Candidiasis. Horopito is slower-acting however it provides better preventative protection, lower relapse rates and reduced growth of drug-resistant species. It can be continued long term however it is not recommended during pregnancy as there is no safety data on its use.

You may purchase the capsules, or cream designed for use on skin, toe or for vaginal candida overgrowth.

This product is made by Forest Herbs NZ and grown in Golden Bay, Aotearoa NZ. Enjoy!

1. Chopra V, Marotta F, Kumari A, Bishier MP, He F, Zerbinati N, et al. (2013) Prophylactic strategies in recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis: a 2-year study testing a phytonutrient vs itraconazole. Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents. 27(3):875-82. [PMID: 24152852]

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Additional information


60 caps, 25g cream, 50g cream


Aloe vera gel, seaweed extract, Lavender oil


Do not use during pregnancy. Not the cream may sting on initial application.


Take 1 capsule daily until finished. Apply cream daily until finished.