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Fragrance Workshops





Explore the World of Plant Based Scent​​​​​​​Are you interested in natural fragrance? Fragrance that comes from plants not out of a chemists’ laboratory. Come out to Tuahiwi Herbs (5 minutes from Kaiapoi) and experience a morning smelling fragrant plants and the essential oils that come from them. Learn how to use these natural essential oils to make your own fragrant body care products and take these products home (valued at over $30).Workshop OutlineBegin your morning a ...
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Tulsi




I have been growing a lot of tulsi (holy basil) in my tunnel house this year. Tulsi Kapoor which is green and Tulsi Krishna which is a purple variety. I started growing my seeds back in September last year and used a heat pad to help with the germination. They can take up to 3 weeks to germina...
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Harvesting Valerian




Valerian is a herb that has been used since the second century A.D. to aid sleep. Recent studies have confirmed traditional herbalist lore by showing that valerian root may reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and also help you to sleep better. ...
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Herbal Infused Oils




This photo is of fresh calendula petals, rose petals, lavender flowers and red clover petals before being infused in almond oil to make Massage Oil.Herbal infused oils are a way of extracting the healing properties of herbs into a form that can be used externally. The oil can b...
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Earthquake Tea




This is Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora). It dosn’t look much and it has a pretty weird name – which is actually based on the way the flowers look and not its herbal properties! It is a truly amazing herb (and I know that I do tend to say that about a lot of herbs!). It is considered to be a p...
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Harvesting Chamomile




I harvested my first German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers today and really enjoyed it. I have a few self seeded plants (chamomile self seeds amazingly) that are ahead of my bed of chamomile that I planted. So I only had a small amount to pick. In the height of summer I can spend an hour a...
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Pacific Blue Lavender




I harvested the first of my Pacific Blue lavender yesterday.  Pacific Blue is a great culinary lavender as it has a lower camphor level than most other lavenders. Lavender is very calming on the nervous system when taken in a tea and has been approved for use by the German Commission E&n...
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Spring Flowers




I know Spring is well under the way when I find the first flowers of Hawthorn and Elder. Both of these trees grow prolifically where I live in Tuahiwi and are widely regarded as weeds. They are however,  both highly regarded in herbal medicine.  Elder has been used in cosmetics and herbal...
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Craft Markets




I know that I shouldn’t be mentioning the “C” word and in fact I have banned my kids talking about Christmas until December (although evidently Christmas in the Park is on 24th November).  However, I just thought that I would put it out there that craft markets are awesome places to buy ...
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Tea Blends




The tea blends that I make and sell are highly personal to me.  I make teas that I like to drink.  I realise that my tastes may not be the same as others which is why I am in the process of creating a “make your own tea” blend. Here, you can create your own tea blend depending on what...
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Wonderful Nettles




Spring is here, or it was last week and my stinging nettles are growing really well. I have a few patches around the property but there is one patch in front of my tunnel house that I have been weeding.  That’s right I have been pulling out grass and other “weeds” so that my nettle...
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