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The Frankie Apothecary Journal

Kawakawa & Kūmarahou Rongoā Winter Tonic Recipe

Kawakawa & Kūmarahou Rongoā Winter Tonic Recipe
I make this Rongoā tonic for my children and I every winter, and they have not suffered with a cold since I began. Both Kawakawa (Macro Piper excelsum) and Kūmarahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) have been used by Maori for generations to treat coughs and colds. I'd like to share this recipe with you!

Frankie Apothecary is on show in August!

Frankie Apothecary is on show in August!
Wow August is a busy month for Shows with Frankie Apothecary on the road for two Auckland shows and a Christchurch event! We hope to see you there!

Kawakawa chlorophyll – Nature’s super skin healer!

Kawakawa chlorophyll – Nature’s super skin healer!

We know chlorophyll as ‘what makes plants green’ – but that’s really just a by-effect of the incredible healing substance that flows through plants. Chlorophyll helps heal cuts, scrapes and skin inflammation. It delivers antioxidant actives for improved skin health, appearance, and antibacterial properties which work to prevent acne, scarring and skin infections!

Is Kawakawa's healing power natural magic, scientific fact or traditional rongoá?

Is Kawakawa's healing power natural magic, scientific fact or traditional rongoá?
Used in traditional rongoá remedies for centuries, it was obvious to Máori that Kawakawa contained very special healing actives. Kawakawa has been used to care for sensitive, dry and irritated skin by Máori healers for generation upon generation and there is no doubt that for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, rashes or dermatitis, Kawakawa balm can soothe or resolve the symptoms, and provide lasting relief.

Intuitive Hands Massage Therapist reviews our Kawakawa Body Oil

Intuitive Hands Massage Therapist reviews our Kawakawa Body Oil
We asked the beautiful Maria at Intuitive Hands to try our Kawakawa Body Oil. Michele had a luxurious hot rocks massage, which every woman deserves!

Viva - Kiwi Skincare Brands For Those Who Like To Shop Local

Viva - Kiwi Skincare Brands For Those Who Like To Shop Local
While other companies have recently shown an interest in kawakawa as a skincare ingredient, Frankie was a pioneer and further stands out in how it harvests – sustainably in sync with nature and following moon cycles.

Introducing the Eczema Saviour super bundle for sensitive skin

Introducing the Eczema Saviour super bundle for sensitive skin

We have combined all three amazing products into one skin soothing super bundle! The Eczema Saviour Bundle contains Kawakawa Repair Balm + Kawakawa Body Oil + Colloidal Oat Soak to provide you with all the products you need to give your sensitive and irritated skin the complete Frankie Apothecary experience! 

Nourish dry winter skin with our new Kawakawa Oil

Nourish dry winter skin with our new Kawakawa Oil
Winter can take its toll on our skin and it’s tempting to just pull on our faithful jeans and worry about it in spring. But our skin is our largest and most visible organ, and it deserves some pampering protection during the chilly days of winter!

Natural vapour rub - relief from children's winter colds & congestion

Natural vapour rub - relief from children's winter colds & congestion
We have such fond childhood memories of inhaling the soothing scent of eucalyptus as mum gently smoothed on a chest rub to help us breathe through a winter cold. This winter, we’ll be lovingly applying the all naturalpetrochemical free version for our children, with the Frankie Apothecary chest rub, Breathe Easy.

Eczema: healing from the inside

Eczema: healing from the inside
One of the most common symptoms or issues we see in clients at our BePure clinic in the Hawke’s Bay is eczema. For some it is a mildly annoying patch of dermatitis that hints at other health concerns, while for others it is painful, raw, prone to infection, itchy, a cause of self-consciousness and in extreme cases it can be completely debilitating.

Finding your eczema trigger: Environmental

Finding your eczema trigger: Environmental
Eczema often runs in families – frequently along with asthma and other hyper-reactive illnesses. These ties to family traits identify the genetic link that can play a part in the development of hypersensitive and reactive skin. The role of your environment plays a large part, and can be what sets off a dormant trait.

Finding your eczema trigger: Clothing

Finding your eczema trigger: Clothing
While we worked on helping our children's eczema heal from the inside, we did our best to research and find what food, environmental triggers and fabrics to avoid – to reduce those eczema flare ups on the outside.