The bulk of the plants used in making our herbal remedies come from our gardens, gathered wild from our land here in Hawkes Bay, supplemented with plant matter or extracts that we buy in. The beeswax, fresh Olive Oil, and Essential Oils such as Lavender Oil, all come from local producers.
We are transitioning to using Sunflower Oil as our base oil. Our supplier of olive oil, Matapiro, has sadly and unexpectedly gone into liquidation. We have chosen to replace the olive oil with cold pressed extra virgin sunflower seed oil (GE free) from The Good Oil company, it is grown and processed in the South Island and arrives here in 200 litre drums. As we run out of herbal oils made with olive oil and replace them with sunflower oil, we shall put small stickers on the labels so it’s obvious. Once we are using 100% sunflower oil, we will replace our labels.
We strive for transparency in our business, and try to list our ingredients thoroughly. All our natural products are GM and Paraben free, and to the best of our knowledge we have avoided using any other ‘suspect’ ingredients. Though we can't claim full organic status for our natural remedies, we have a commitment to using organic and local products whenever possible. This can be a challenge as one constituent may become unavailable, or be changed with little notice. This is probably more of a problem with natural products, where new information and changes happen quite regularly. We do our best to keep up with the changes and adjust labels as soon as we can. We feel that we are improving our choices of ingredients all the time, and accessing more and more organic products. For more information on what ingredients we use in our natural remedies, you can find a document with additional notes HERE. We recommend that where possible you store our natural remedies in a cool, dark place.