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Love the skin you're in

Skin; It covers our entire body. It is the largest organ we have, and although our skin is important for aesthetic purposes, there is more than what lays on the surface, that is of greater importance.SKIN SCIENCEOur skin is made up of three main parts: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis layer. The first layer (epidermis) consists of five layers of keratin-containing cells, as well as Langerhans (for immunity), Merkels (for the reception of touch), and melanocytes (responsible for skin colour).The second & third parts of the skin (dermis & hypodermis) contains sensory neurons, blood & lymphatic vessels, along with connective tissue and fibres. This connection between the outside environment, our absorbent cells and our blood  vessels means there...

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Why we love Artemis

As a retailer we want to simplify our offerings and make it easy for our customers to select what they need. We do the research and believe with Artemis we have found the best herbal company in New Zealand. We love how they are a New Zealand made and woman owned business. We love the story behind Artemis and the commitment Sandra and her team have to quality. Artemis invests in scientific research & follows scientific studies to ensure they are at the forefront of the latest knowledge. At the same time they take a holistic approach using proven remedies passed down from generation to generation. Combining this deep knowledge with science makes their products relevant and accessible today. Artemis...

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Artemis : Meet Dr Sandra Clair

We are excited to bring you some special words from Dr Sandra Clair, founder of Artemis. Dr Sandra Clair is one of New Zealand’s most qualified plant medicine experts, a medical anthropologist and the founder of Artemis. You may have tried the Artemis tea range we stock at Tea and Tonic or used some of their herbal support formulas to help your family with their chills, ills, aches and pains. From Sandra: “I have been a clinician for more than 25 years, driven by the genuine desire to make it easy and pleasurable to look after our health. My vision has long been to share my knowledge of plants to benefit the health of our communities. I was fortunate to...

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MONNI : The Story

When I was a little girl I remember just loving fabric — how it moved, how it caught the light, how a piece of fabric could be transformed into something beautiful or interesting. I have a memory of taking a golden coloured silk sheet and wrapping it around my body to make a dress. My small frame was swimming in it, but that was okay. This dress had a plan. In front of our house was a very old, very tall tree. From its highest branch hung a giant swing. I took my golden silk gown outside to the swing and as I soared as high as I could, I watched the fabric dance on a trail of wind caused...

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Supporting Women In Business & Going Plastic Free

When I bought the Matakana Village Health Shop 3 years ago, I noticed how many of the products were housed in plastic. They would arrive in boxes with plastic packages to protect them, plastic bags to post them and plastic tape to seal it all up. With 8 million metric tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year (on top of the titanic 150 million metric tonnes already circulating our marine environments), we certainly don’t need to be contributing to the mass! After our first year in business we wanted to find balance in meeting our customers needs and finding ways to be more sustainable at the same time. We began communicating with our suppliers. Over the year ahead we would...

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