Piko Wholefoods Organic Shop in Chrischurch

Open Monday to Friday from 9am - 6.30pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm

  • Organic & Wholefoods Store

    Organic & Wholefoods Store

    We love Bulk Food & Sustainable Packaging
  • Workers Co-operative

    Workers Co-operative

    We share the day-to-day responsibilities
  • Christchurch’s first BioGro Certified Organic Retail Store

    Christchurch’s first BioGro Certified Organic Retail Store

    Vegetarian shop specialising in gluten free foods
  • Christchurch Organic Shop

    Christchurch Organic Shop

    We are committed to local produce & goods first
  • Fresh produce

    Fresh produce

    We are committed to organic local produce
  • established in 1979

    established in 1979

    Organic & Wholefoods Store Christchurch
  • low-profit charitable trust

    low-profit charitable trust

    We support the local community
  • Workers Co-operative

    Workers Co-operative

    We share the day-to-day responsibilities
  • BioGro Certified Organic Retail Store

    BioGro Certified Organic Retail Store

    Vegetarian shop specialising in gluten free foods
  • We support the local community

    We support the local community

    low-profit charitable trust
  • Christchurch Organic Shop

    Christchurch Organic Shop

  • Bulk Food & Sustainable Packaging

    Bulk Food & Sustainable Packaging

  • Fresh organic local produce

    Fresh organic local produce

  • Organic & Wholefoods Store Christchurch

    Organic & Wholefoods Store Christchurch

    established in 1979

Phone Shop: 03 366 8116

Phone Office: 03 389 5062

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This month we have a look at the HERB TEAS that we stock at Piko


Medicago sativa
Rich in vitamins and minerals including 8 digestive enzymes and 8 essential amino acids. Alfalfa is used as a blood thinner and a kidney cleanser


Matricaria recutita
Used for many conditions ranging from digestive complaints to anxiety, teething and period pains.
Especially good for children and can be used safely for babies with colic, digestive disorders, colds and worms. Can be applied externally in a tea bag to ease eczema, allergic dermatitis, wounds and burns.
A relaxant and digestive toner.


Symphytum officinale
The only known plant source of vitamin B12 and Lysine, it contains 18 amino acids (protein builders).
Comfrey soothes internal body surfaces. It soothes irritable coughs and is known to check haemorrhages from ulcers, piles etc. Poultices are used externally to promote sprain, strain and bone healing.
Increases white blood cells and is believed to inhibit tumour growth.


Taraxacum officinalis
A natural and safe diuretic, Dandelion is an excellent tonic for the liver and gallbladder. Its blood purifying and liver cleansing properties make it excellent in skin conditions resulting from toxic conditions.
Dandelion is also nutritionally rich in protein and vitamins.


Euphrasia officinalis
Euphrasia relieves catarrh; it is excellent for problems of the mucous membrane and is used for nasal and upper respiratory catarrh, sinusitis and conjunctivitis.
It may be used as an eyewash or taken internally as a tea. Rich in vitamin A.


Sambucus nigra
Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu. Elder is historically associated with witchcraft and magic and so numerous are its folk medicine uses it has been called the peoples' medicine chest. Elderflowers help control fever and remove catarrh.


Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel is a stomach and intestinal remedy, used to prevent and treat indigestion, flatulence and colic whilst also stimulating digestion and regulating the appetite. Good for children's colic and mild fevers, it is also used as a relaxant for young children. Fennel seeds are also used to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women.


Trigonella foenum-graecum
Good for bronchitis, colds and fevers. It is traditionally thought to give strength and for this reason was given to pregnant woman. It contains 25% protein and helps improve protein utilisation. It is a good laxative and an expectorant. It also contains a hormone like substance similar to that in wild yam and in China is used for impotence, infertility and to reduce menopausal symptoms.
Use 1 tsp to 1 cup of water and boil it until the seeds are tender. Eat like a soup, seeds and all.


Crataegus oxycanthoides
A heart remedy.
Improves blood flow to the heart and the efficiency of the heart's pumping action, improves local circulation, controls both high and low blood pressure. Good for angina, Raynauds, chilblains etc. Scientific studies conclude that Hawthorne is effective against hardening of the arteries. The berries also contain vitamin C.


Melissa officinalis
A soothing, calming tea, the ultimate remedy for nervous tension.
Lemon Balm relieves wind and spasms of the digestive tract especially those associated with anxiety. It is great for tension headaches and useful for children especially at the first signs of colds and flus.


Glycyrrhiza glabra
One of the most used medicines of the ancient world, Licorice was and is used for peptic ulcers, bronchial problems, sore throats, rheumatic conditions and mild allergic asthma.
Licorice mimics oestrogen and is useful in uterine complaints and for menopausal symptoms.
It stimulates the cortex of the adrenal gland and thus increases energy.
Licorice can be used as a mild laxative for babies. It is 50 times sweeter than sugar and is used to disguise the taste of bitter herbs.


Althaea officinalis
Marshmellow has mucilaginous properties which sooth and heal internal and external body surfaces.
It is also an expectorant and is used for catarrh, coughs, stomach inflammations, ulcers and urinary tract infections and irritations. It is said to remove stones and gravel from the urinary tract.


Urtica dioica
Nettle strengthens and supports the whole body. It is rich in chlorophyll, silica, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and iron and increases the absorption of the latter. Nettle is given as a tonic for anaemia, it mildly lowers blood sugar levels and is used in noninsulin- dependent diabetes. It also stimulates milk production.
Nettle is a circulatory herb, stimulating the blood circulation. It is used to lower blood pressure and as a blood purifier. Nettle is good for the skin and is also used for childhood and nervous excema.


Avena sativa
To sustain the nervous system. Rich in vitamins, oats are traditionally used as a general nutritive and a sustaining and restoring herb for the nervous system.
Treatments for eczema and dry skin often include oat extracts. Oats have good quantities of silica and help the body assimilate calcium. Think of oats for endurance and energy.


Tabebuia impetiginosa
Also called Ipe Roxo, Taheebo Bark and Lapacho An important herb for use in autoimmune diseases, glandular disorders and other serious health problems. It is a detoxifier and a powerful antibacterial. In South America it is used to treat Leukaemia and other cancers and this use is being explored more. It is high in iron and is said to be good for pain associated with cancer.
Use 4-6 tbsp per quart of water, bring to the boil, simmer for 20 minutes, strain and drink up to 3 cups per day for a maximum of 3 – 6 months.


Mentha piperita
Effective for nausea and vomiting and soothes most stomach upsets. It aids digestion, relaxes the digestive tract, balances intestinal flora and relieves colon spasms. It is used specifically for irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and gout. Peppermint contains vitamins C and E and bioflavonoids and phenolic-type antioxidants in abundance. It is useful for debility since it fortifies the organs, rallies strength, and serves as a stimulant.


Plantago psyllium
Helps lubricate and heal the digestive tract. It is good for constipation.


Rubus idaeus
Strenthens the uterine wall and the entire reproductive system. It relieves painful menstruation, helps prevent nausea in pregnancy, eases the pain and coordinates uterine contractions in childbirth, and enriches colostrum.


Also called Rooibos Tea
Used for babies suffering from colic and food allergies, it is a powerful antispasmodic. Red bush Tea contains powerful antioxidants and facilitates the removal of metabolic wastes and stimulates the metabolism. It has a rich mineral content that promotes healthy skin and teeth


Trifolium pratense
A tonic used for nervous conditions and for nervous exhaustion. Red Clover is a detoxifier and is said to restore fertility.


Rosa rugosa
A richer abundance of vitamin C than orange juice, also vitamins A, B1, B2, pectin and zinc. Rosehips are used for cleansing toxins and infection from the body. They have laxative and astringent properties and are said to nourish the skin and banish lethargy.


Ulmus rubra
A mucilaginous herb that coats the digestive tract healing inflammations or irritations of the mucous membranes. It clears congestion, helps check coughing, bronchitis, asthma and other lung ailments.
It is useful in both diarrhoea and constipation and also cystitis.


Hypericum perforatum
A potent antiviral and antibacterial agent that strengthens the immune system. It is useful in treating herpes, flu and possibly even AIDs and cancer. It has pain-relieving properties, and is used to relieve menstrual cramps, arthritis and gout. It is helpful for depression and disturbed sleep patterns.
It is good for the circulation. It may not be good for people with sensitive skin as it can cause sun sensitivity.

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Piko Kitchen
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Piko Kitchen

Workers Co-operative
People before profit
Environment before Convenience
Quality before Quantity

Workers Co-operative

Organic Shop in Christchurch

Piko Wholefoods is a low profit organisation set up in 1979. Piko is a vegetarian shop, and in 2014 became Christchurch’s first BioGro Certified Organic Retail Store.

Environmental Awareness

Piko aims to promote organics and to support a healthy, sustainable future for our communities. Many of our goods are sold in bulk, not only to reduce cost, but to encourage reusing containers.

Social responsibility

Piko is a workers co-operative and charitable trust. Our low profit policy ensures the mark-up on organic and wholefoods are at a minimum. We are committed to supporting local produce as well as certified Fairtrade products.

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Phone: 03 366 8116
Phone Office: 03 389 5062

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