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

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

Gummi King Chewables for Kids

July 29 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural health supplements

Introducing one of our latest additions to healthyonline – Gummi King Chewables for Kids.  We no longer have the Yummi Bears range, so have introduced these chewable Multivitamin & Minerals and also their DHA Omega-3 Gummies.

Quality is so important to me, so I was careful when selecting a range to take over from Hero Naturals range of Yummi Bears, which are no longer available.

Key features of the new Gummi King range

  • These Gummies contain similar amounts of nutrients per serve, with a smaller serving size of 2 Gummies, not 3.
  • They contain no gelatin and are pectin based; an all-natural healthy fruit derivative
  • The Multivitamin & Mineral Gummies are Vegan, as well as being free of gelatin, wheat (gluten), milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, artificial flavors, animal derivatives and preservatives.
  • The DHA Omega-3 Gummies are free of wheat (gluten), milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, artificial flavors and preservatives.  They are not Vegan, as they contain Tuna oil.
  • The colours come from annatto, black carrot juice concentrate and turmeric
  • They are made by Vitamec USA, Inc. which has won many awards in nutritional excellence and was recently awarded presidential recognition at the White House in Washington D.C.

Gummi King Multi & DHA Omega-3 Gummies

Yummy Gummies!  Let us know what you and your children think of them!

ETAS for those waking around 3.30-4.30am

July 14 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, In the News, Natural health information

If you are a person who can wake in the early hours of the morning and not get back to sleep again, then Clinicians Sleep Science with ETAS may be just the thing to help you to sleep the night through.

What are ETAS and how can they help those waking around 3.30-4.30am?

ETAS or Enzyme treated asparagus shoot extract is a new clinically proven ingredient to New Zealand that triggers Heat Shock Protein (HSP) production, to balance stress hormone levels.

Heat Shock Protein. What is this?

                   Heat Shock Protein

VF Bioscience tell us

“Stress is a major issue in our modern society, contributing to various psychological disorders such as insomnia, depression and fatigue”.

“Stress induced release of the steroid hormone cortisol also leads to physical dysfunctions; immunosuppression, reduction of bone formation and collagen synthesis, damage to neuronal cells”.

“Heat Shock Proteins contribute to protect our organism against the deleterious effects of stress”.

“HSPs are actually called “stress proteins”, since their expression is induced by physical, chemical and biological stresses such as heat, infections, inflammation, oxidative or UV damage hypoxia.
HSPs are also induced following psychological stress”.

“HSPs exert major cyto-protective functions by assisting in the proper folding of newly synthesised proteins and preventing the loss of conformation of stress-exposed proteins”.

“HSPs also play a crucial role in the negative feed-back system which controls cortisol level.  Activation of the glucocorticoid receptor, which down-regulates cortisol production, requires both HSP70 and HSP90”.

ETAS exerts Anti-stress effect

“ETAS effect on heat shock protein expression and stress-related markers was first evaluated in a mice sleep-deprivation model.  Sleep deprivation resulted in elevations of blood corticosterone and lipid peroxide concentrations, both of which were significantly reduced by concomitant treatment with ETAS”.

“This improvement of stress-related markers was associated with a significant induction of Heat Shock Protein 70 in several organs”.

“In humans, intake of ETAS (100mg daily) also resulted in increased peripheral leucocytes”.

“In a double blind placebo controlled study on healthy male volunteers, ETAS treatment (150mg/day) resulted in a significant lowering of serum and saliva cortisol”.

They go on to say

“Sleep disorders are commonly associated with stress and have a serious impact on daytime functioning and quality of life”.

“A human clinical study has shown the ETAS intake could effectively improve the quality of sleep in people with low sleep efficiency or excess sleep time”.

“It is thought that ETAS can adjust the succession of rapid-eye-movement (REM) and non-REM sleep, leading to better sleep quality and more adequate sleeping time”.

Clinicians Sleep Science with Magnesium & ETAS

Sleep Science with ETAS

This researched based powerful synergistic herbal formula has been combined specifically to help support quality sleep at night and provide a calming, non-drowsy effect by day.

Sleep science combines three powerful ingredients – ETAS (asparagus shoot extract) known to alleviate stress and worry, with well known and effective Ziziphus and additional relaxing qualities of a highly bio-available form of magnesium. This unique formulation not only helps support natural healthy sleep but also promotes a calming effect.

An ideal product for those with high cortisol, high stress and sleep problems related to cortisol issues (could be the person who wakes between 3.30 and 4.30am).

ETAS is a unique new ingredient to the New Zealand market, sustainably sourced from disused asparagus stems.

So if you have tried everything, but still wake between 3.30-4,30, then consider trying Sleep Science.

You can use this test kit to have your Saliva based Cortisol levels taken.  This way you will be able to see the kind of changes ETAS make to your cortisol levels.

If you or someone you know has a problem falling or staying asleep, we have lots of natural options that may help.  Email with your query and she would be happy to make suggestions which could help you.


Leanne James
Founder Healthyonline

Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

July 5 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural health supplements

Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

To follow on from my post Supplements to avoid prior to surgery, this information is also from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, A Guide to Preoperative Nutrition but goes over Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery. Of course, always seek professional advice before taking supplements of any kind, but here is their guide.

Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

Supplement/NutrientMechanism of ActionDosage range
Vitamin A (Carotenoid or retinol palmitateAntioxidant; Required for new cell growth & maintenance & repair of epithelial tissue15,000-25,000 IU/daily (carotenoid/palmitate blend) Limit use to 4 week
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) Antioxidant; Necessary for tissue growth & repair; primary role in formation of collagen500-750 mg daily (in divided doses)
B Vitamins"Anti-stress" group of water soluble vitamins; necessary for multiple metabolic pathwaysBest taken as B-100 Complex; Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin, Pantothenic acid (B5), Folic Acid (B9), Cobalamin (B12), Choline, Inositol
ZincAntioxidant; Essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Missing in NZ Soil15-21 mg/day
SeleniumAntioxidant; Inhibits oxidation of fats, protects Vitamin E150-210 mcg/daily
CopperRequired for cross-linking of collagen & elastin; required for formation of hemoglobin, red blood cells and bone1.5-2 mg/daily
Arnica montanaAdministered in homeopathic remedy for bruising and swelling30x formula or greater, taken 3 times daily, AFTER surgery
BromelainProteolytic enzyme; used to minimize inflammation & soft tissue injury1500 mg/daily, 2000-3000 MCU /daily
Flavonoids (Quercetin & citrus bioflavonoids)Antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; function with vitamin C to prevent bruising & support immune function600-1500 mg/daily

Your health professional may suggest other dosages or other nutrients after your operation, but this is a general starting place.  The usual time to recommence nutrients after an operation is once there is no risk of bleeding, however always seek advice from your surgeon or healthcare profession for specific recommendations for you.