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Trying to find Kiwi-made flu treatments is giving Sarah a headache!
So, I've had this awful flu for a few days but can't buy Panadol or other medicine to help get rid of it! Luckily I had a wee stash of Panadol but now I'm down to four, maybe six, which won't last long. I've been making lemon drinks with honey, which are good for the throat, but do nothing for the head. So what should I do ... buy the Panadol anyway?
Last time I was at the docs I asked him to look up which medicines are made in New Zealand. There were only about six, one of which is ibuprofen, or some form of. I can't find it anywhere though, so I assume it's a prescription only deal, but I can't afford to go to the doc! So, I either have to suck it up and try the mind-over-matter thing, or go ahead and buy Panadol.
I can't even put ginger in my drinks, as most of our whole ginger is imported. Wild ginger grows in New Zealand but I've never heard of any outside Waikato and it's the wrong time of year to stick some in the garden ... but it's so delicious!
Greggs, a brand I'm sure you'll find in any New Zealander’s pantry, sells ginger. It's not made here, but it is packaged here. I'm assuming this is okay, as most things made here contain imported ingredients, and Greggs is a New Zealand company.
Handmade Goods Online
I’ve also found this amazing website Felt. It’s a site where anyone can sell their handmade goods. The only requirement for selling through the site is that the product is handmade. The seller’s hometown is displayed so you can make sure it’s made here (there are also sellers from Australia).
It has some really funky stuff at awesome prices, well within my budget and browsing the site is proving a good distraction from feeling sick!