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Should you keep goals to yourself?
After deciding to tackle a challenging new goal, often our first instinct is to tell someone. However, some experts believe that it’s best to keep your goals to yourself.
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The wonders of Manuka Honey, as seen on TV
Watch the video below to hear about Comvita’s unique Manuka Honey, as shown on The Balancing Act.
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How reading can reduce stress
Getting stuck into a good book can do more than just spark your imagination and expand your vocabulary. It seems it may also improve your health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
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Beating the Afternoon Slump
For many people, mid-afternoon is the time when energy and concentration levels plummet. But it doesn’t mean you have to write off the rest of the afternoon. Here are some ways to give yourself an energy boost that will help you get on with your day.
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The health benefits of fermented foods
Fermenting has been used as a food preservation technique for centuries, but we are now just beginning to understand how important it can be for our health.
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Make the most of your winter workout
The colder months are a great time to switch up your fitness routine. However, working out in winter does take some thought and preparation. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your winter workout.
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The power of empathy
Although empathy and sympathy might seem similar, there are important differences that can help us develop better relationships with our social networks and loved ones.
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Eating nuts each day keeps the doctor away
New research from Harvard has found that a handful of nuts a day may keep the doctor away—and help you live longer.
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20 natural gift ideas
Looking for unique Christmas gifts that are affordable, sustainable and healthy? We’ve got you covered.
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Staying well in winter
Maintain your health over the colder months with some proactive steps to stay well in winter.
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Comvita opens expanded visitor attraction in Bay of Plenty
Global health products company Comvita, is officially opening ‘Experience Comvita’ today, the expanded visitor attraction at its Paengaroa site in the Bay of Plenty.
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Sardinia flash floods
Comvita is very saddened by the breaking news of flash flooding in Sardinia. We are sending our very best wishes to those affected
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Making the joy of vacations last
Taking time off work is an important way for us to relax and recharge our batteries, but the positive effects soon wear off. How can we make them last?
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Fall’s pumpkin faces for healthy skin
The festive season is here! It's that time of year where you don't need to worry about dusting the cobwebs, in fact you probably need to add a few. Get the spooky decorations out and start carving those Jack-O'-Lanterns! But what should you do with all the bits that don't make the Jack-O'-Lantern cut?
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No tricks to this treat
The fall days have settled in, burnt orange leaves carpet the footpaths and jumpers have crept into the wardrobe. With Halloween just around the corner, everyone has one thing on their mind - pumpkins! What better way to get into the spirit of this season than baking some tasty, healthy pumpkin dishes.
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Fresh juices and smoothies for fall
Fresh juices and smoothies are a great way to quench your thirst and up your intake of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. As the weather starts to cool down, it’s a great time of year to strengthen your immune system and prepare for flu season ahead.
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Why self-compassion is essential for wellbeing
Many of us find it easy to be supportive and understanding towards others, but research shows it’s how kindly we treat ourselves that determines how well we maintain our health and wellbeing.
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The importance of bone health
Did you know that your bones are actually made up of living, growing tissue? Even when we stop growing taller, our bodies continue to make new bone to replace old weakened bone. However as we grow older, we may make less bone than we lose, which can lead to osteoporosis and low bone mass.
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Five ways to speed up recovery after exercise
Rest and recovery time is an important part of any workout. It allows your muscles and other tissues time to replenish energy stores and repair themselves, so you can maintain your strength and fitness.
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What kids can teach us about daydreaming
Although daydreaming may seem like a waste of time, many scientists now believe that a wandering mind may be an essential element to creativity.
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How to ‘slow down’ time
Although you may feel like there is never enough time in the day, research suggests that we can make time feel like it is going more slowly, simply by changing our daily habits. Here are some ways to help you make the most of your time.
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Staying naturally sweet
If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth with a natural alternative, here are some ways to keep your food naturally sweet.
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Stay healthy while travelling
Whether it’s a work trip, weekend away with friends or a family vacation over summer, trying to maintain your health and fitness when you’re travelling can be difficult.
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Unplug and relax on a digital detox
Research from Pew Internet has found that American adults consider their phone an essential utility that they would have trouble functioning without.
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Making the most of spring
The onset of spring is just another great excuse to adjust your health and fitness routine. Here are some fresh ideas to help you make the most of spring.
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Why gratitude leads to joy
For centuries, writers and philosophers have referred to gratitude as a virtue—an excellence of character. However, research now suggests that giving thanks regularly may be the key to becoming a happier, more joyful person.
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The health benefits of music
Although many of us like to escape the stress of daily life by listening to or playing music, it turns out it can do more than just keep us entertained...
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The beauty of bees
Domestic honey bee colony numbers have been declining over the past few decades, mostly due to habitat loss, pest invasion, pollution, over-harvesting and disease. Bees are an important part of our natural ecosystem, supporting our health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
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Olive Leaf Extract shows positive trial results
Comvita’s fresh-picked Olive Leaf Extract has shown positive results in a gold-standard clinical trial. The research has been published today, in the international science journal, PLOS ONE. The clinical trial by researchers at The University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute has shown that an extract of fresh olive leaves appreciably reduces some risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
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5 tips to de-clutter this spring
Psychologist Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter suggests that a messy home can leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed. Luckily, it’s one of the easiest sources of anxiety to fix...
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Making Sense of Serums
Serums, they plump, hydrate, whiten, brighten, lift - the list goes on. So what is a serum and how is it different? Here are some insights to help you get the best out of your serum, and your face.
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Brush up on your dental health
A great smile is often the first thing we notice when we meet someone new, but did you know our teeth and gums can also be a good indication of our general health habits?
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Tips to refresh winter skin
Cold air, dry wind and central heating are the usual suspects for dull and flaky winter skin. However, spring is just around the corner and it’s a great time to boost your skincare routine to make sure you’re looking and feeling your best.
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3 reasons to make sleep a priority
We all know that when we sleep our body repairs itself, but very few of us know about the other amazing benefits of getting the right amount of shut-eye...
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Why you should sit less and move more
The average adult in the USA and Australia spends more than 54% of their waking time sedentary. Sounds about right when you think about it, but what does it mean for our health and wellbeing, and what can you do to minimise the effect?
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Helping kids connect with nature
For many adults of an earlier generation, memories of childhood are often filled with the outdoors, jumping in local streams, climbing trees in the backyard and family camping trips. Fast-forward to today, and the digital age has not only affected how we ‘play’ as adults but how our children understand and experience nature.
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5 lessons in longevity
Dan Buettner is an internationally-recognized researcher and US National Geographic Fellow, who has studied the world’s oldest and happiest individuals to find out their secrets to living a long and healthy life. Here are our five favorite lessons in longevity from Buettner’s New York Times best-selling books Blue Zones and Thrive...
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NEW research paper shows honey’s effect on wound bacteria
A team of Australasian researchers studying the effect of manuka, kanuka and clover honey on common wound infecting bacteria concluded that “in general the manuka honeys were the most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth”.
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Easing your child’s sore throat this winter
As winter sets in, it can be difficult to make it through the season without at least getting a sore throat. As an adult it’s an unpleasant enough experience but it’s even more upsetting when you see your kids suffering the symptoms. Comvita offers a natural solution to relieve your child's sore throat...
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Have more fun and live longer
We’ve all experienced it: a traffic jam that causes road rage to bubble to the surface; the pressures of deadlines and long hours at work; the challenges of juggling family and friends with work and other commitments; worries about money and bills – the list goes on and on.
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Happy Birthday Claude
Giving Back Reaps Rewards - New Zealand Natural Health Innovator Turns 100.
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Claude turns 102!
Queens Service Medal winner, philanthropist and founder of global natural health and beauty products company, Comvita, Claude Stratford celebrated his 102nd birthday on Saturday, 18 August, 2012.
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Natural Real Deal Seal
The prestigious and strict NPA Certification is only given after an intensive process to ensure every ingredient in every single product in the Comvita® skincare range is deemed natural, safe to use, environmentally responsible and sustainable.
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Melissa relies on Manuka Honey
Comvita® has a range of product that has helped me enormously throughout my athletic career. Read more.
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President of International Federation of Beekeepers visits Comvita
Some people get excited about Mick Jagger and some about Lady Gaga, but here at Comvita®, we were thrilled to host an international rock star from the beekeeping world – Gilles Ratia. Read more
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More good news about Olive Leaf Extract
A clinical trial by The Liggins Institute at The University of Auckland has shown fresh olive leaf extract prepared by Comvita, may support normal blood sugar in healthy individuals.
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Birds, Bees, Kids and Trees Celebrates 5 Years
Comvita’s® Birds, Bees, Kids and Trees (BBKT) environmental programme celebrates five years this week when two more school groups take part in a planting day at Kopurererua Valley.
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An exciting day of science for everyone
The symposium content was both professional and varied and appealed to a wide spectrum of delegates with different interests. The delegates were presented with results from the most up-to-date research outcomes. The research topics covered natural products such as honey, Olive Leaf Extract and berries.
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Olive Leaf Extract certified Kosher & Halal
We are very happy to announce that our Olive Leaf Extract (Natural and Peppermint Flavours), are now certified Kosher and Halal.
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Antioxidants play an essential role in the body as they quench free radicals. By damaging healthy cells, free radicals can leave the body vulnerable to advanced ageing, cardiovascular problems and degenerative diseases.
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Nature's Best Defence
At least 180 compounds have been identified in Propolis. Flavonoids are thought to account for much of its biological activity, although other phenolic compounds are also involved. Comvita Propolis contains high levels of active bioflavonoids, well known for their antioxidant properties.
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Chapter 8: To us sustainability is as much about leading by example in our community at a grass roots level as it is about our impact on the planet. Giving backmore than we take and teaching our little ones about the wonders of the birds, trees and the bees.
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Chapter 9: Our people: An “army of believers” When I think about my journey with Comvita and how we have come to be the company we are today, I have to say that our people really have been our key to success. They really are our heroes. Our backbone.
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Leigh Kite: Who am I?
Leigh joined Comvita in 2005 and soon after was able to combine her twin passions of beauty and natural health in the creation of a new natural skincare range that debuted on international markets in 2008.
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Natural beauty poised for explosive growth in Asia
I’ve just had the pleasure of speaking at the first Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held by Organic Monitor in the Asian region. Staged in Hong Kong, it recognises that Asia is the next emerging market for natural cosmetics.
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Comvita Hosts International Expert
These are exciting times for Comvita as we host Judi Beerling in New Zealand for the whole week. Judi Beerling is the Technical Research Manager for Organic Monitor, a UK based organization that specializes in research, consulting & training focusing on the global organic & related product industries, including natural and organic cosmetics.
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Twenty years in the Beauty business
Naturals are here to stay, and just as the synthetic based products which dominate the market today have evolved over the past 100 years, naturals are on a journey of refinement – becoming more sophisticated, more scientifically researched and more irresistible by the day!
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A Sweet union: Like Bees to A Honey Pot
Chapter 2: All stings and no honey, in 1975 I called on a fellow bee-loving expert from the Bay of Plenty for help -Claude Stratford. Claude was in the early days of his own small basement business venture centred on honey and medicinal bee products – an adventure he called Comvita. Claude’s idea of a “retirement hobby”.
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Honey, meet Einstein
Chapter 6: While our ethos around providing pure and natural products runs deep, we are also committed to having real science.
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Working In Harmony with Nature
Chapter 7: Sustainability is something that has always run deep in our DNA. We are practically environmentalists by default. We have to be. That’s because beekeeping is all about biodiversity and stewarding, wherever possible, the natural world to create the very best natural products.
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Ethos, philosophy and what drives us.
Chapter 4: For Claude and I the modern day health paradigm was completely backwards and upside down. It wasn’t about wellness. It was about illness!
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Keeping People Well by Keeping It Real
Chapter 5: Our honey is raw and as close to nature as we can get it. From the way it is extracted to the way it is filtered, processed and packaged, Comvita® has carefully and passionately pioneered the special process of producing raw honey fit for the most discerning of “purists”.
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From Bees to Business - the official beginnings of a sweet thing.
Chapter 3: Less than a year later at the end of 1976 I packed my bags and along with my new wife Lynda, left the hives of Great Barrier Island on a shared mission with Claude to build Comvita into something really special. I was young and energetic. Claude was older and wiser.
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Beginnings: A Budding Love Affair With A Sting
Comvita started almost four decades ago. It was 1973. I was an energetic young man in my early twenties filled with enthusiasm for new approaches to nutrition, health, and environmentalism.
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Welcome to our new website
I am very pleased to welcome you to our new website. The idea behind our website is simple – it’s an invitation to join the world of Comvita®.
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Mmm Manuka Honey
Comvita featured in the third series of NZ Food on a Plate. In a section about Rotorua, guest chef, Eru (from the world-famous, exclusive Tree Tops Lodge) creates a pannacotta dessert using Comvita Manuka Honey UMF5+.
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Why you should attend the Science Symposium
The Comvita® Science Symposium is the annual get together of our entire global science network. It enables exchange within the network on latest findings and publications.
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Comvita's exciting Science event a great link
The Comvita Science Symposium and Comvita Science Challenge. These are two exciting events that link good, well supported science to the business and also to a better consumer understanding.
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Manuka Trees for the Bees
Five years of commitment from Comvita, Tauranga City Council and local schools has provided our bees with an environment to thrive in.
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