HoropitoHoropito - the ancient herb

New Zealand's isolated position deep in the South Pacific has produced extraordinary flora and fauna.

New Zealand has over 2000 unique plants. One, called Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata), has existed largely unchanged for 65 million years!

Horopito is one of the earliest evolved, and most primitive flowering plants. The tiny flowers are overshadowed by the beautiful coloured leaves.

The actives in Kolorex®

The main active component in Horopito is polygodial, but at least three other natural anti-fungal compounds are present in the leaves.

The anti-candida effect of polygodial is increased 32 times by the addition of anethol, the main active of anise seed. Anise seed (aniseed) is a traditional medicinal herb in its place of origin - South America.

In addition to its anti-fungal properties, Horopito also contains the powerful antioxidant flavonoids - quercetin and taxifolin.

Forest Herbs has discovered a five-fold difference in anti-Candida activity between the most active and least active Horopito populations. An effective preparation needs to be based on Horopito derived from one of the 'active' populations. Forest Herbs Research has the only commercial planting of active Horopito and a patent over its use.

A reason Horopito has survived so well is the actives in its leaves discourage attack from fungi or predators. These protective properties were recognised by the Maori people, who traditionally used the leaves as an external and internal remedy. University research in New Zealand and USA has identified the natural actives and compared them favourably against pharmaceutical counterparts.

Horopito leaves, whole or extracted, are the key ingredient in the KOLOREX® range.