Often in the wild, hunting herbs. Her natural habitat when not drinking tea and reading a book.
She and her family emigrated from Canada to New Zealand in 2003. They arrived with four kids, thirteen suitcases, and no keys. A grand adventure. Her interest in alternative health care began in 2001 with the birth of her Down Syndrome girl. The doctors had no information or advice except for “Get ready for the Special Olympics." A naturopath in Canada guided the family helping their girl as she became stronger and more alert.
Imagine Sandra's surprise to find the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine right here in Christchurch. Affordable (well, almost!) and local. An international qualification. So off she leapt into alternative health care. Another grand adventure.
It’s been an absolute joy to study and practice herbal medicine for Sandra. Eczema, psoriasis, acne, surgical scars, itchiness, digestive complaints, cancer, and more have presented in clinic. Potions and lotions have been concocted and tailored to specific complaints and personalised for each client. They have been tried and true, helping deal with the symptoms while correcting the underlying cause.
Herb Nerd NZ products have come from that clinical experience. Our Healing Cleanser used to be called Acne Cleanser. But then it started helping with rashes and facial scars. Its name changed to Healing Cleanser. The same with our Moisturiser. It was for Damaged Skin. Moisturiser is a far better name!
We use organic, natural ingredients, 100% pure cold pressed oils, and unrefined fair trade butters. The herbs are carefully chosen. Sandra has the privilege of wild crafting herbs on a local organic farm. Others are ordered from reputed suppliers & growers.
We infuse our oils rather than purchase ready-made herbal oils. It takes time and love with daily checks to make sure things are ticking along. Some oils take up to twelve weeks. We get to know each other pretty well!
Sandra handcrafts in small batches, drawing on herbal experience & knowledge, clinical observations, a science background in chemistry & biology, and a deep love of herbal medicine.
We are excited to share them with you.
They are pretty darn fine products.