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The health benefits of mānuka oil

Mānuka oil is an oil compound obtained from the Leptospermum scoparium or Mānuka plant. The oil is contained in tiny sacs in the small, pointed leaves. We make our Mānuka oil using a distillation process, taking the plant matter and turning it int...
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Caring for oily skin

Oily skin is the result of excessive sebum production. The skin secretes an oily, waxy substance called sebum in the sebaceous glands, which are below the epidermis (surface) layer of the skin. This passes through the corneocytes (skin cells) to t...
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What is Mana Motuhake?

As a verb, the word motuhake means to separate, to set aside, to position independently, or to stand-alone. There is difficulty translating the word mana but it can be read to mean spiritual power, respect, and autonomy. Ihi is another concept in ...
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A guide to caring for dry winter skin

Our skin gets dry in winter. The drop in climatic temperature means that the air is drier leading to parched, dehydrated skin. Cold air also usually has lower water content than warm air, because warm air is moving faster, allowing water to exist ...
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The similarities between Māori traditional beliefs and Japanese Shintōism

Shintōism is a religion which originated in Japan in the 8th century CE and was formalized in the 19th century during the Meiji Restoration. It revolves around the worship of specific deities, spirits or kami, which are said to inhabit places such...
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How harekeke was used traditionally by Māori

Harakeke is a plant in the flax family found in the New Zealand native bush that Māori traditionally used for a variety of purposes.  Ideally, Harekeke grows in wet locations and has straight, long bladed leaves strengthened by a robust mid-rib. ...
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