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My Story

A seed becoming a seedling then transforming into a flower was the first thing to fascinate me as a child.

During my teenage years, I stumbled across herbal medicine and was excited to find a field suited to my love for plants. Drawn to nature and the outdoors, I travelled the globe working as an outdoors instructor and thoroughly loved the exposure to many different cultures and ways of life - all intriguing and colourful.

But, there is still no place I'd rather be than New Zealand. So, I settled to study Natural Medicine for four and a half years and qualified as a naturopath then medical herbalist.

Living next to a subtropical native rainforest in Okere Falls, I specialise in the field of native New Zealand herbs with uses both traditional and modern. We can no longer afford to rely on herbal medicine from overseas, especially when we have such amazing native herbs in New Zealand. 

These days we have a beautiful fusion of knowledge, where tradition and science meet which further validates the use native New Zealand herbs. The human body has a great affinity for herbal medicine, natures most ancient form of healing. Plant chemicals have been used for thousands of years by both natural practitioners and medical science. We live in a time where science and history offer the most effective form of healing and health. 

“The First Wealth Is Health.”

Denise Martin N.D   M.H.D
Of Tuhoe and Te Arawa descent.
Qualified medical herbalist/naturopath.


Providing complementary health management, herbal prescriptions and a specialty range of native New Zealand balms, creams and tonics.