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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...


Mature Student – It’s never too late to learn new skills.

[caption id="attachment_11802" align="aligncenter" width="219"] Craig-bennett-massage-stident-wellpark-college[/caption] Craig Bennett was faced with the decision to take early retirement or return to study as a Mature Student. Looking for a way that he could give back to his community Craig decided to enrol onto the 1 year NZ Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage at Wellpark College and six months into the programme he has come to realise that rather than retire he now has the opportunity and skills to take his life in a totally new direction and help people on their journey towards wellness and better health. Craig you came to study at Wellpark College as a mature student, what prompted your decision to learn a new set of skills at this stage of your life? I had just hit 60...



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,...


Vetiver Essential Oil Blends

Vetiver – Essential Oil for Capricorn The signature oil for January and the Zodiac sign of Capricorn is Vetiver which reflects perfectly with earthy nature of Capricorn. Vetiver is a grounding and tranquility oil which will be helpful for the ambitious Capricorns. Try putting a drop of Vetiver on the soles of your feet before bedtime to assist you with a good night sleep. Capricorn starts from 22nd December to 20th  January. Capricorns may be very ambitious and career-oriented people, who will climb painstakingly from one objective to the next to achieve their goals. No wonder the part of the body associated with Capricorn are the knees. Vetiver Essential Oil Blends Grounding Blend Aromatherapy Reflexology combined with a relaxing leg massage is  recommended for Capricorns as they need regular help to...


Black Pepper Oil – Essential Oil for November

The signature Essential Oil for Sagittarians is Black Pepper. Tonic, stimulant, fiery, Black Pepper reminds us of the Sagittarians. This is an Essential oil that ‘gets straight to the point’ like the Archer’s arrow. Sagittarius starts from 23rd November to 21st  December. The last of the Fire signs. The Greeks called it ‘the Archer’. Today, we recognize Sagittarius as a Centaur or a Man Horse; represents two sides of human nature: the animal and the divine. Sagittarians are inquisitive and enthusiastic who wants to clarify and comprehend what they have learnt and pass it on to others. Many Sagittarians become teachers. Black Pepper essential oil Blends for November / December My Comfort Zone Massage is highly recommended for Sagittarians. Their ‘ teacher’ quality often needs relaxation and calming. A...