Native to New Zealand, Kumerahou is quite simply the world's most natural soap. Rubbing the leaves and flowers of the kumerahou shrub together creates a natural lather to gently and effectively cleanse without damaging the skin's moisture barrier.
The plant's high saponin content provides strong antimicrobial action, and also soothes and locks in moisture. The presence of saponins in plant tissue is recognised as an important defence mechanism against microbial attack assaponins exhibit strong antimicrobial activity. Saponins are known to have beneficial properties on the skin and are active against the fungi associated with dandruff.
In pioneering days, Kumerahou was called 'gum diggers' soap' as the gum diggers would mix the flowers with water to clean the sticky gum off their hands. In traditional Maori medicine Kumerahou was used as a blood purifier and remedy for bronchial and kidney complaints.
We use Kumerahou throughout the Living Nature range, as an alternative to harsh surfactants such as SLS that strip the skin of its protective oils.
This cleansing plant is so gentle and effective it seems magical. But it's not magic; it's nature.
- Kumerahou is native to New Zealand and grow in the temperate Northland climate
- Flowers and leaves are hand picked. A fresh tincture (brew) is prepared for each product production batch
- The leaves and the flowers
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