Feb 2020


Natural solution for all microbial based skin problems

Horopito is a New Zealand native shrub, known as the native pepper tree growing only in New Zealand. Unlike most plants and trees, this native has all-year-round red and yellow leaves. It is an ancient endemic genus that grows nowhere else in the world, with a primitive flower structure. Sometimes called NZ pepper tree, horopito thrives across southern Auckland in colder regions with ample light. Pseudowintera colorata (P.colorata) is usually found on forest edges. Native fauna tend to avoid these plants as they are distasteful and flourish in forest areas.

Horopito leaves have a distinctive hot peppery taste due to its polygodial (poh-ligo-dial) compound, an active anti-fungal compound, which is the key to the long survival of Horopito in our native forests. Insects and Fungi are deterred from consuming it, which ensures that Horopito also dominates the undergrowth in heavily brown forests.

Research has found that this compound not only provides effective resistance to microbes such as fungi and bacteria in nature, but has been favourably compared in scientific studies with pharmaceutical anti-fungals. The polygodal compound has been isolated from Horopito leaves by University researchers at Canterbury in the early 1980s. They proved it had the potential to reduce the growth of Candida albicans which is naturally found in all healthy people but can cause infections under certain conditions.

Studies have shown it is effective against various yeast-like fungi in clinical trials as it breaks down fungal cell walls. Most alternative health practitioners use Horopito-made treatments as an alternative to traditional medications in natural candidiasis care, commonly known as thrush.

Historical recordings also mention Horopito as a cure / remedy for skin conditions, tooth aches, stomach aches and rapid cut skin repair. 
Traditionally, fresh leaves were chewed for stomachache and toothache. Some early settlers used Horopito to treat gastric infections and diarrhoea.

Work in recent years in New Zealand shows a clear anti-fungal action for Horopito, mainly against Candida species (which causes thrush), but also other fungal organisms like Trichophyton species that cause ringworm. Here, the active constituent seems polygonal with anti-fungal anti-bacterial activity.

The successful combination of antimicrobial components (such as polygodal) that destroy or avoid bugs from replicating with tannins (reinforcing tissues and providing a variety of beneficial biological activity) has been shown to boost antimicrobial activity while also improving resistance to disease.

Horopito can be used to stop the spread of fungal infections like athlete's foot and improve skin and nail safety. A potent skin lotion can be made in conjunction with New Zealand-born Manuka's equally powerful benefits and New Zealand-grown Thyme. This can be easily applied to the skin, feet and hands or diluted for use in more prone thrush treatment areas. Horopito, in the right doses, despite its strength, is gentle on the skin. 

Horopito was compared with the Diflucan medication and shown to be highly effective after a duration of one month of treatment with less bacteriological relapse (80% Diflucan relapse compared to 32% Horopito).

When it's good to try Horopito?

Candida overgrowth is a definite sign to reach for this herb. Symptoms of overgrowth can include acne, sugar cravings, constipation, bloating, mood swings, fatigue, or persistent fungal infections. If you've seen past candida overgrowth. Horopito is good to take as a preventive measure.

Have you tried our Fabmud?

We have included this amazing herb in our formulation to help you combat any skin problems caused by microbials. Horopito in combination with Kawakawa and Manuka has powerful healing properties.

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