Mosquito Season

October 11 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information

As the warmer weather approaches, so do the mosquitoes.  Like most other people, there is nothing worse than the buzzing of a mosquito while you are trying to go to sleep.  Worst still, is when you find you have been bitten and you now have an itchy spot that you want to scratch.  Read on to find out about the Bite Away electronic device and why this simple, but very effective tool, is a must for the mosquito season.

Bite Away for the treatment of insect stings and bites.  Perfect for the mosquito season

Bite Away. Perfect for Mosquito Season

The Bite Away device, made in Germany, is for the external treatment of insect bites and stings from mosquitos, wasps, bees, hornets, horseflies as well as for burns after contact with bluebottles, jellyfish or stinging nettle.

When applied immediately after the sting or bite, the itching or pain is stopped and the swelling is avoided or minimised.

When applied later, the itching is stopped and the swelling is quickly reduced.

How does Bite Away work?

The effect is based on a concentrated heat entry, not using chemical substances.  The contact surface is heated to approximately 50 degrees celsius by an integrated microprocessor and maintained on the skin for 3 or 6 seconds, according to the button selected.  The insect poison is denatured and the release of histamine is therefore prevented.

How do you use the Bite Away device?

There are two treatment times:

The Bite Away device in use

3 seconds – This is obtained by using the Left button on the Bite Away device. This time setting is used on children and sensitive people.

6 seconds – This is obtained by using the Right button on the Bite Away device. This time setting is used on Adults.

After pressing a button, the device works automatically and precisely.  Place the contact surface onto the skin where the bite or sting occurred (for bee stings, remove the sting first).

Press the left or right button once. Release the button and hold onto the skin until the automatic sequence of LED and second acoustic signal is complete.

Now the Bite Away device can be removed.

The illuminated LED shows that a constant treatment temperature is being maintained.

For sensitive individuals, the superficial heating of the skin may cause a short sensation of discomfort.

The treatment may be reapplied at 10 second intervals as required.

The Bite Away device uses 2 x AA Batteries.  You must not use rechargeable batteries – as rechargeable batteries are 1.2 volts and standard AA batteries are 1.5 volts.  Bite away needs the 3 volts to run the thermostat.

It is dermatest tested, 100% chemical free and also safe to use for epileptics and people carrying pacemakers

Bite Away. Such an important tool for anyone wanting to treat insect bites naturally (does not work on snake or scorpion bites)

You can purchase the Bite away device here

Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

Winter Ailments with Dolphin Clinic Essential Oils

August 29 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural skin care

If you have ever wondered about combinations of essential oils for Winter Ailments, read on to find out what the Dolphin Clinic have suggested.

Winter Ailments with Dolphin Clinic Essential Oils

Dry Skin

For overnight use on dry skin or skin that has been exposed to cold/harsh weather.

Base Oils:  Rosehip oil 10ml, Wheatgerm oil 10ml and Almond oil 30ml

Essential oil blend 1: Lavender 10 drops, Geranium 8 drops, Palmarosa 8 drops

Essential oil blend 2: Frankincense 10 drops, Myrrh 8 drops, sandalwood 8 drops

Blend the Base oils with your choice of Blend 1 or Blend 2.  You can choose between oils – use the same total amount of essential oils and base oils. Apply each night.


Sore Throat

Almond Oil 20ml, and 8 drops of either Chamomile OR 8 drops Lavender.

Blend Almond oil and Chamomile or Lavender and apply to the throat area as required – up to 4 times daily.  Soothing, antibacterial and immune boosting.

Ear Ache

Almond oil 10ml and 5 drops of either Chamomile OR 5 drops Lavender

Blend Chamomile or Lavender with Almond Oil and apply around the ear/throat and along the jaw line.


Essential Oils from the Dolphin Clinic for Winter Ailments

An explanation of some of the Dolphin Clinic Essential oils, chosen for these ailments


Pelagonium graveolens. Leaves and flowers, Steam distillation. Madagascar. Top Note

Relaxing but also mentally stimulating. Relieves nervous tension, PMS, menopause, postnatal depression and stress related ailments.  Good for aching muscles, arthritis, poor circulation and nausea.  Great in skin care.

Caution: Do not use if pregnant


Cymbopogon Martini, Leaves. Steam distilled, India.  Middle/Base Note

Skin care, cell regeneration, balancing sebum, hydrating and stimulating.  Antiseptic and powerful wide spectrum bactericide.  Acne and infectious diseases. Relaxant.


Boswellia carterii. Gum resin, Steam Distillation.  Base Note.

Anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, extreme coughing, scars, stress, stretch marks.  Good for older skin.

Caution: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy

Thanks Dolphin Clinic for sharing this information with us.


Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

New Children’s Herbal Range from Harker Herbals

August 16 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural health

I wanted to let you know about the New Children’s Herbal Range of products from Harker Herbals.

Harker Herbals have introduced 7 NEW 100% natural herbal syrups for children aged 0-12 years of age (Except Breathe Easy – 1-12 years)

These NEW herbal syrups have been formulated to support:
****Winter ailments and ills and chills
****Chest and head congestion
****Breathing issues from winter illness or seasonal allergies
****Tummy Upsets – Particularly with babies and toddlers
****Sleep and overactive issues
****Enhanced immunity


The NEW Harker Herbals Children’s range of herbal syrups

Lets take a look at the new range

Harker Herbals Childrens Tummy Soothe:  A calming, gentle herbal syrup to soothe and ease tummy upset stomachs, Improve digestion, Encourage settled rest by relaxing the nervous system and May relieve symptoms associated with bloating and gas. Includes dill and mandarin essential oils, traditionally used to relieve infantile stomach upsets and chamomile, shown to support relief from wind in babies. Natural sweet mandarin flavour.  Ages 0-12 years.

Harker Herbals Children’s Ear, Nose & Throat:  A gentle, soothing herbal syrup to ease blocked sinuses, help clear mucus and soothe the throat and a heavy head. These demulcent and anti-catarrhal herbs support drying the mucus membranes and clearing mucus in the upper respiratory tract. Includes pelargonium which clinical research shows supports recovery from and may support symptoms associated with ills and chills. Natural soft sweet mint flavour.  Ages 0-12 years

Harker Herbals Children’s Chest Soothe Night: Eases the chest and supports a restful nights sleep. A gentle soothing herbal syrup to help relax and ease the chest, Support healthy breathing, Promote calm before bedtime and help settle into a restful nights sleep. These demulcent and calming herbs create a protective film over the mucus membranes, soothing irritated tissues, relaxing the airways and calming the chest. With extracts of wild cherry bark, marshmallow root, and licorice root.  Natural sweet cherry flavour.  Ages 0-12 years.

Harker Herbals Children’s Calm & Sleep: A calming, soothing herbal syrup to help settle restless, active children, Support wakeful children to settle to sleep and Encourage relaxed, restful sleep.  This soothing tonic with traditional chamomile and lemon balm (Melissa) was formulated to support babies and children’s unsettled sleep during teething, by relaxing the nervous system, encouraging restful sleep. Includes pure essential orange oil, clinically proven to support relaxation in young children. Natural sweet orange flavour.  For ages 0-12 years.

Harker Herbals Children’s Chest Soothe Day: Eases and soothes the chest and supports dry, tickly airways. A gentle tonic to help soothe inflamed lung tissue, loosen and help cough up mucus and settle dry, hacking coughs. Useful where mucus builds up in the chest during colds or flu or lingers afterwards and is difficult to shake. Includes pelargonium, which clinical research shows may relieve symptoms and duration of illness associated with colds and flu. Includes herbs chosen for use in fighting infection. Natural sweet lemon flavour. Age 0-12 years.

Harker Herbals Children’s Immune Build: An immune boosting and deeply nourishing herbal syrup to boost and build immunity and support thriving, healthy children. An immune boosting and deeply nourishing herbal syrup to boost and build immunity in infants and children struggling to thrive. Support good health and vitality in very active children. Useful for picky eaters, fragile constitutions and children committed to a busy schedule. Useful support while recovering from illness. Nourishes overworked adrenals, supports healthy appetite and optimal absorption of vitamins and minerals from food. Natural sweet raspberry flavour. Ages 0-12 years.

Harker Herbals Children’s Breathe Easy:  A soothing and calming herbal syrup to help relax a tight chest and support healthy breathing.  Help to relax a tight chest, support clear airways and healthy breathing, support drying the mucus membranes and clearing mucus from the lower respiratory tract, useful support for the body’s response to allergens and for winter ills and chills. Useful during allergy season and when healthy breathing is affected by colds and flu. Includes herbs clinically researched to reduce the body’s allergic response, reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms associated with restricted breathing. Natural sweet fruity mint flavour. Ages 1-12 years.

These herbal syrups are sweetened with rice syrup and contain really good doses of the herbs they contain.  They have been formulated with the guidance of the well known and very respected New Zealand Herbalist Paul Mitchell, who tells us that not only can these be taken by children, but by adults too.

Be sure to let us know how you find these AMAZING NEW herbal products

Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

Liposomal Nutrients

August 8 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Health supplement review, In the News

Have you heard of Liposomal nutrients?  They are all the rage now, yet have been used in pharmaceutical drug delivery since the 1960s.  Almost every one of our suppliers has come out with a liposomal product, with some having used this technology for a better delivery system for herbal extracts too.

So what are Liposomal Nutrients?


A Liposome, found in Liposomal Nutrients

BioMedica Nutraceuticals tell us ” The word liposome is derived from two Greek words – Lipo or fat and Soma or body, alluding to both their composition and functional characteristics.

Structurally, they are spherical vesicles comprised of a phospholipid membrane that surrounds and protects a therapeutic substance inside the liposome; and have therefore become a promising therapeutic delivery system in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries”.

What are the benefits of using Liposomal Nutrients?

“The composition and unique structure of liposomes provides the ability to entrap both water soluble molecules, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin B12, in their interior core, and also fat soluble molecules such as curcumin and CoQ10 inside hydrophobic bilayers”.

Who would benefit from using a Liposomal form of nutrient?

BioMedica tell us the clinical applications for Liposomes include:

  • Those with sensitive gastrointestinal tracts
  • Elderly people
  • Children
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Those who have difficult swallowing
  • Those requiring high therapeutic doses

Liposome formulas are well indicated, including in chronic conditions where intestinal absorption may be compromised.

Bioavailability of Liposomal Nutrients

BioMedica tell us ” It is well known amongst health professionals that fractional absorption of oral Vitamin C decreases with increasing intake.  Oral Vitamin C administration is limited by saturation of intestinal absorption and osmotic diarrhoea with maximum tolerable oral doses in the range of 3-4 grams”.

“Studies have shown that, as a result of increasing oral Vitamin C intake, plasma Vitamin C concentrations rise steeply at doses under 100mg/day.  Oral Vitamin C intakes between 100-400mg/day, results in a progressive flattening of the curve until plasma Vitamin C levels reach a plateau of 70-80 µmol/L.  At doses over 400mg/day, further increases in plasma Vitamin C is minimal”.

“Using world-class pharmaceutical liposome encapsulation technology, higher doses of oral Vitamin C can be administered with minimal gastrointestinal side effects; and greater plasma Vitamin C concentrations can be achieved.  This is due to the fast that liposomes are proposed to bypass regular Vitamin C absorption pathways”.

They go on to conclude “Liposomal Vitamin C at a dose of 36 grams was shown to raise plasma Vitamin C concentrations about 500 µmol/L in two subjects tested, a level only generally achievable using invasive intravenous administration”. *

So if you are wanting a Superior and more absorbable form of nutrients, consider our Liposomal Range of Nutrients.

What liposomal products does Healthyonline stock?

We stock the Spark Of Life Liposomes
Liposomal Vitamin C
Liposomal B12/ Folate (utilizing Methyl or Active forms of these nutrients
Liposomal Glutathione
Liposomal Non Fish DHA
Liposomal Curcumin

Longevity Foundation
Micron Particle Vitamin C


Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

* References available.


Harker Herbals Respiratory Products

August 2 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews

We are a HUGE fan of Malcolm Harkers herbal products and especially the Harker Herbals Respiratory Products – Deep Lung Support (was called Emphysemol), Chest Clear (was called Lung Elixir), Expectorant Support (was called Linctus Expectus) and Ear Nose & Throat Tonic (was called Eutherol)

Even myself as a naturopath & herbalist, I sometimes get confused as to which of the Harker Herbals respiratory products to choose, so here is an explanation of each and which product to use for what.

Deep Lung Support

Harker Herbals Respiratory Products

Deep Lung Support (Emphysemol) For bronchial and lower respiratory support. A powerful herbal respiratory tonic for bronchial support and to help in the removal of mucus, especially for the lower lungs.  Supports healthy breathing and airways and can soothe a deep cough which is trying to rid the body of clear, grey, green or yellow phlegm

The blurb on the back of the bottle states that it Provides support for deep lung congestion, healthy breathing and airways and the effective removal of mucus. An antiseptic herbal tonic to support a healthy bronchial and lower respiratory tract for the whole family.



Chest Clear

Chest Clear (Lung Elixir) Supports healthy breathing and upper lungs. With peppermint, Pine and Eucalyptus to help support healthy breathing and airways, especially for the upper lungs, moderate tightness in the chest and a persistent dry cough.  Gentle helps to loosen mucous and phlegm in the upper lungs.

The blurb of the back of the bottle states A natural anti-congestive elixir for the whole family. May support clearing and soothing of the airways, breathing and help loosen and dissolve mucus and phlegm from the lungs.



Expectorant Support

Expectorant Support (Linctus Expectus) Supports stubborn mucous removal from the lungs.  A combination of herbs and pure essential oils that work together to loosen and help remove mucus from deep in the lower lungs.  useful for that deep persistent cough trying to remove stubborn mucus that just wont budge.

The blurb of the back of the bottle states A traditional herbal tonic that may help remove stubborn mucus and phlegm from the lungs, soothe the throat and support lower respiratory health.  Can be used buy the whole family and as an extra aid along with Chest Clear and Deep Lung Support.



Ear Nose & Throat Tonic (Eutherol) Supports the Upper respiratory tract, such as sore throats, tender ears, blocked sinuses and heavy heads.  A good one to use at the first sign of these

Ear, Nose & Throat Tonic

symptoms, to ward off a head cold.  This 100% natural herbal tonic provides exceptional and soothing support for the upper respiratory tract and helps protect against winter ills and chills.

The blurb of the back of the bottle states May support a healthy immune response for the ears, nose and throat and soothe the supper respiratory tract.  Pleasant tasting, soothing relief and protection for the whole family.

Kerry told us – This is my favourite product for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. I always use this product for my children when there are any signs of a sore throat, blocked ears or blocked sinuses. I find it particularly useful for Croup. – Kerry


Harker Herbals give us this recipe for their
Harker Hot Toddy, using Ear Nose & Throat Tonic


A Hot Toddy for A Stuffy Head

Juice of one large lemon
A one inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp of quality NZ Manuka Honey
10ml of Harker Herbals Ear, Nose & Throat Tonic
1 cup of boiling water

Optional for Super Charged Hot Toddy

1-2 cloves finely chopped or grated garlic
1/4 tsp ground turmeric or a tsp of grated fresh turmeric
A sprinkling of cayenne powder

How to make:

Mix your chosen ingredients together except for the tonic and then add the boiling water.  Stir, wait a few minutes and then add the Ear, Nose & Throat tonic. Sip slowly while still hot for a soothing hot toddy when feeling miserable with a head cold.

Contact one of our health team to discuss this more

Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder
Ideal Health