Wellpark / Nutrition

Mentha x piperita – Peppermint

[caption id="attachment_11791" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Mentha x piperita–peppermint[/caption] Mentha x piperita – Peppermint This spring the Wellpark College gardens have recently exploded in greens, purples, oranges and pinks. Being the first year since 2020 that we have not been in and out of lockdown restrictions in Auckland leading into Spring, our students and herbal gardener Sonya have been able to get into the gardens and nurture them. This means our gardens are looking the best they ever have since Wellpark College moved to the Albany campus. The comfrey is enormous and healthy, the parsley is prolific, providing students and staff delicious greens to add to their lunches each day, and the peppermint is delightfully abundant. Mentha x piperita (peppermint) belongs to the Lamiaceae botanical family, sharing similar structural and chemical characteristics...


Naturopathy Graduate ~ Life after Study

The 3 years that our Naturopathy students spend studying for their degree – Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine is a journey of education and self-discovery, but this learning journey continues long after Graduation. Naturopath Christabel Ritson talked to us about what life has been like since she graduated from Wellpark College and set up her own practice The Holistic Naturopath You graduated from Wellpark College’s Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine Programme 6 years ago. You have since set up your own Naturopathic, Nutrition and Reiki practice, presented short courses, taught Yoga, sold wellness products on and offline and have set up a mentoring programme. What have been the biggest lessons you have learned since leaving Wellpark College and starting your career in Health and Wellbeing? “Over the last 4 years, I...


Calendula officinalis– calendula | pot marigold | marigold Herb of the month:

Note: From Calendula [image], Kelly, P (2022). Calendula officinalis is a cheery and bright herb flowers all year around in most areas but grows most prolifically from late spring to late autumn. Commonly named calendula derived from the Latin kalendae, reflecting its ability to flower every month of the year. Well known to many gardeners and highly prized by famous historical herbalists such as Nicholas Culpepper, John Gerard and Maud Grieve for its wide array of medicinal uses including strengthening the heart and spirit and supporting the healing of wounds, cuts, and skin concerns (Grieve, 2021). Calendula is well known as a traditional herb supporting symptoms of minor inflammations of the skin and aiding in the healing of minor wounds. Its healing anti-inflammatory action is due largely to...


International Student chooses New Zealand to Study Herbal Medicine & Holistic Health

[caption id="attachment_11793" align="aligncenter" width="300"] john-Tang-Naturopath-Student-wellpark-college[/caption] International Student John Tang joined Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in 2019 in pursuit of knowledge. John had turned to natural therapies in Singapore to help manage an arthritic autoimmune disease and soon developed a keen interest in herbal medicine and a holistic approach to managing his health.  On a quest to learn as much as he could John started researching post-graduate degrees in Naturopathy and found Wellpark College in New Zealand. John enrolled as an International Student and graduated 3 years later with a Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine and the Academic Excellence Award. John is now back and practising in Singapore, John took time to talk to us about his year’s studying in New Zealand and why working in Allied Health and helping people to...


Turning a passion for plant-based nutrition into a thriving business – Interview with Buffy Gill

[caption id="attachment_11796" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Be-good-organics-wellpark-college[/caption] Buffy Gill is well on her way to becoming a recognised champion for Plant-based nutrition. Her business Be Good Organics started as a blog that now has over 100 000 followers around the world, she has a growing presence on social media where she shares recipe ideas and videos that show just how versatile a plant-based diet can be. Since graduating from Wellpark College four years ago Buffy has expanded her business to include an online cooking school and a naturopathic practice. We were delighted that Buffy took time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few questions about turning her passion for nutrition and good health into a successful business. You graduated from Wellpark College 4 years ago with a Bachelor of...


The Journey to becoming a Naturopath – Interview with Sandy Watts

[caption id="attachment_11800" align="aligncenter" width="278"] Sandy-Watts-Naturopath-Wellpark[/caption] Being a Naturopath wasn't Sandy Watts first career choice but a desire to better understand her own health and the ailments of her family members lead her to explore natural health practices and learn more about holistic nutrition. Taking a leap of faith Sandy fare welled her previous career and enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine at Wellpark College. Although the degree programme was challenging it was a journey of self discovery as much as education and today Sandy runs a successful Naturopathic practice in Omaha and is a well respected member of the Naturopathic community. What first sparked your interest in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine? Experiencing health benefits first hand, when I saw a naturopath during a stressful time in...



Essential Oil Vetiver Vetiver ( Vetiveria zizanoids) Vetiver is an essential oil known for its grounding character. A beautiful oil to enhance centring, vision and wisdom. Ground yourself, find a strong sense of reality and be fully aware of your surroundings. One drop of Vetiver essential oil on your finger and anoint the sole of your feet to assist mind and body connection. Then rub the left over oil from your finger on your palm and inhale slowly. Have this ritual before bed time to improve sleep and promote a sense of calm and contentment in your mind. Sleep well! Awake feeling refreshed and grounded. By Rina Poerwadi – Massage Diploma Tutor and Aromatherapist. References: Worwood, V.A.(1995). Vetiver. The fragrant mind. Aromatherapy for personality, mind, mood and emotion. Bantam Books. U Image


Lemon Balm / Melissa officinalis

Melissa officinalis – Lemon Balm Humble Melissa officinalis is commonly known as lemon balm and belongs to the Lamiaceae family along with many other common culinary herbs including rosemary, sage, thyme and lavender. It is a perennial aromatic herb with a lemony scent and taste. Native to Eurasia and naturalised all over the world, it grows prolifically in gardens and will take over entire patches if it is let run wild (Fisher, 2018). Some of the medicinal actions of M. officinalis (Lemon Balm) include carminative, spasmolytic, mild-sedative and anxiolytic. Some of the constituents responsible for these actions include volatile oils (mainly citral) and phenolics including rosmarinic acid (Fisher, 2018). Focussing on the mild-sedative and anxiolytic actions of this herb, there has been some interesting research done on Lemon Balm /...


Fire Cider Recipe

Fire Cider Recipe A spicy herbal vinegar that is usually sweetened with honey. Fire cider can help to clear sinuses and support the immune system, it is great for the circulatory system too. Fire Cider is a much-loved recipe that has been adapted and used by many herbalists around the globe, there are many different versions of the recipe available but below is the one that our Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine Students make in one of their Immersion Weeks. Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 whole head of garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoon grated ginger 2 tablespoon grated turmeric ½ orange, sliced ½ lemon, sliced 1 tablespoon each of chopped fresh rosemary, thyme and sage Enough apple cider vinegar to cover the herbs 1/3 C Honey Cayenne pepper (optional) Method  Sterilise a glass jar and lid Combine all the...


Rose (Rosa damascena) -Essential Oil for January

Rose (Rosa damascena)  A symbol of love, roses are widely grown for their beauty and fragrance. Rose essential oil encourages happiness and contentment and is considered a “heart opener.” Rose EO also assists in processing grief, and specifically for grieving the loss of a loved one. Drop a Rose essential oil on your fingers and anoint on your heart chakra (between breasts) to increase self-love, love for others, kindness and calm the spirits and vibes. This is also useful to reduce the feeling of restlessness and anxiety.  Then rub the leftover oil from your finger on your palm and inhale slowly. Pause a few seconds for silence before you start again with your activity. Essential Oil Mindful Word for January ANOINT /əˈnɔɪnt/ verb gerund or present participle: anointing smear or rub with oil,...