Herb Teas

  • There are a variety of alternatives to everyday tea and coffee. Many people are now turning to these alternatives to avoid the ingredient caffeine. Although caffeine in moderate amounts is not harmful, excessive consumption has been linked to health conditions that include heart disorders, cystic breast disease and high blood pressure.
  • Herb teas are made from leaves, flowers, roots, bark and seeds; singularly or in different combinations. Spices are sometimes added for extra zing and medicinal value.
  • Healtheries tea bags have an attached jiggler for easy use. Each serving is naturally dried and wrapped in teabag paper prepared in a dioxin-free oxygen process.


To ensure the best flavour of your tea:

  • Only use China or Earthenware teapot. Do not use aluminium.
  • Bring fresh cold water just to the boil.
  • Use 1 teabag per cup of water and allow to steep 3-5 minutes. Adjust the flavour by the strength of infusion.
  • A slice of lemon or orange peel, cinnamon or liquorice stick can be added to tea while it steeps if you desire.
  • If sweetening is required, add a small amount of honey.
  • Do not add milk.

© Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited. Used with permission.

Lemon and Ginger Dazzler

  • A warming, restorative tea that settles the stomach & eases digestion.
  • Ginger is warming to those who feel the cold, and has a beneficial effect on circulation in those people prone to cold hands and feet, chilblains or other circulatory disorders.
  • Ideal for those prone to rheumatism and joint complaints.
  • Beneficial for digestion, ginger can help settle motion sickness.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Apple (Pyrus malus)
Rosehips (Rosa canina)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Lemon Peel (Citrus limon)
Orange Peel (Citrus aurantium)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Natural flavours


Product Number: 11741

  • Servings per pack: 25 teabags/pack
  • Net Weight: 62 gm

© Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited. Used with permission.

Chamomile Tea

  • The dried flowers of chamomile are soothing to digestion and the nerves (ideal after a heavy meal and before bed). Chamomile tea can be used to relieve colic, flatulence and stomach cramps. Cooled chamomile tea can be given to babies to help break wind. Cold tea can be used as a soothing and cleansing wash to open sores and cuts.


100% Matricaria recutita (German chamomile)
Each tea bag provides 1500mg of German chamomile dried flowers.


Product Number: 11702 11307

  • Serving Size: 25 teabags/pack 50 teabags/pack
  • Net Weight: 37g 75g

© Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited. Used with permission.

Peppermint Tea

  • Peppermint is widely known for its refreshing flavour and is often taken as a mouth freshener. The tea has been traditionally taken after meals to improve digestion. Peppermint tea soothes digestion, helping to relieve nausea, heartburn and flatulence. It is also relaxing to the nervous system and soothing to the nerves.


100% Mentha piperita


Product Number: 11704 11313

  • Serving Size: 25 teabags/pack 50 teabags/pack
  • Net Weight: 50 gm 100 gm

© Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited. Used with permission.

Bibliography added by Roslyn Ballantyne(RN)
-Wyeth, John. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. URL:http://www.bpac.org.nz/magazine/2007/october/bowel.asp?page=4. Accessed: 2010-08-24. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sEdVLvhI)
  • Hi. My boy is 6.5 wks. He started screaming at 3 wks. Became unsettled for periods of up to nearly 12hrs without sleep. He's been on formula as my milk never came in. He gets about 100-200 ml breastmilk /dy I pump. He started spilling/vomiting a lot at 4.5wks old.started losec 9 dys ago-frm GP. Saw paediatriciAn 4 dys ago and started amino acid formula to check for CMA. I feel things improved a bit about 4 dys after losec started. Also he seemed great once on th amino acid formula but thn yesterday was his old really bad self - fussed all day 10am-4pm thn really distressed n frantic 4-9pm. He's been ok today.i also started adding karicare thickener 2 dys ago. His first poo day after starting amino acid formula was soft n ok but I thnk he might b constipated with th thickener. He really had to push to get yesterday's out n was very sticky. Anyone else experience this? What do you do? I've heard lactulose and prune juice etc can make reflux/ wind worse. I thought about halving th amt thickener I'm using.also his vomiting better on th new formula I think but still occasional. He vomited Sunday night n mayb brought th losec up- could 1 missed dose like thts make him bad th next day like he was? Any opinions greatly appreciated

  • Please consider joining Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust for access to our Newsletters and Private Local and National Support Networks: http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz-membership-confidentiality-agreement-form/ Membership is free, and this gives you opportunities to discuss gastric reflux related issues with others in a safe and confidential setting. If you have completed a membership form previously, but never received anything further, please message me (Roslyn Ballantyne at https://www.facebook.com/roslyn.ballantyne.rn ) or comment below. The membership sign-up had been a double opt-in with a confirmation email, but as some people have had trouble with this, I've now changed it to a single opt-in. (I do still need to process applications and add you manually to your Local Support Networks though.)

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    Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants & Children Charitable Trust Membership & Confidentiality Agreement Form / Newsletter Admin PageFirst NameLast nameEmailStreet AddressCity/TownAreaPostcodeDo you live in NZ?Country and Area if not NZHome Phone (include area code)Partner's NameE…

  • Hi I'm a bit confused. I filled out th membership form on th cryingspiltmilk main page. Do I need to do anything else? I see there's a forum somewhere else - kiwi health or something? Or do I just post n use this Facebook page? I'm thnking you hav th older site but most people jst use this Facebook page now yeah? Ta :) I hav a 6 wks old beautiful boy who has been in so much pain been breaking my heart but I'm jst getting things in motion now to help I thnk. Saw paediatriciAn few dys ago n hav started losec gaviscon mylanta and amino acid formula with karicare thickener

  • Hiya, I'm starting to introduce solids to my almost 6 month old and just wondering if there are any foods that any of you have found to be better than others and which ones to avoid? TIA. :-)

  • Other information here: http://www.lalecheleague.org.nz/news-a-events/lllnz-conference-2014/312-lllnz-50th-anniversary-conference-2014

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  • Anyone want to help? I know you all have plenty to say. ;-)

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    And just in case you missed the post and the opportunity to help others through.........In five words, no more no less, share some inspirational advice to parents that are struggling with a newborn suffering from colic, reflux and inconsolable crying. If there are enough submissions I will post these on my website and perhaps in my book - Prevent and Remedy Colic, Reflux, Lactose and Dairy Overload Naturally - which is off to the proof readers this week!! http://www.naturalwinding.com/book/

  • A new story: http://www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/ryans-story-of-reflux-and-christinas-story-of-pnd/ Thank you, Christina.

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    I don’t really know where to begin with my story of Ryan and his reflux, and me with Post Natal Depression. I used to feel very sad thinking of all the precious time that was robbed from us. I loved Ryan from the moment I saw him, and he was a dream baby up until two weeks of age. ...

  • Hi my 7 week old, breastfed baby started showing signs of reflux recently so I went to the GP and was prescribed Gaviscon sachets. I'm having trouble giving it to her, but it seems to be working. She usually goes poos after every feed but since starting the Gaviscon (monday) she has only been once. She strains and cries. Not sure what i safe to give her to help as she is so young? Thanks

  • Hi there My 8 week old boy is formula fed and is now trialing gaviscon for his silent reflux, already I feel like it is making a difference but I am worried about the possible constipation the gaviscon may cause...how do you parents relieve constipation in young babies? I know about the cooled boiled water but are there any other remedies that are worth knowing about? Or tricks that can maybe help avoid constipation?

  • Hi, would you say it's a reflux symptom to bring up small vomits between feeds? Like an hour or so after eating? I keep being told that's normal, but it doesn't feel normal? My baby is only 4 weeks old though, so it's hard to me to tell what's normal and what isn't.

  • Hi, my 10 week old is trialling gaviscon to see if it helps with her (potential) reflux. She isnt a miserable baby, but she does scream if I put her down in the daytime, she has a persistent cough, a husky voice (this developed over the last week), and she spills even hours after a feed. Does this sound like reflux? If so, how do I get her to keep the gaviscon down? It says to give it to her after a feed, but she vomits straight after a feed...also is it worth going dairy free to see if this helps? Finding the spilling and coughing and husky voice quite upsetting, it must be horrible for her :(

  • Here is an amazing article about using probiotics and digestive enzymes to help with reflux. I only found this after I had my second reflux baby and he was 4 months old. Our first son had an endoscopy when he was 12months, which revealed extremely low digestive enzymes in his stomach. So when losec and ranitidine didn't provide much relief for our new baby, we presumed he was the same. We put him onto probiotics and enzymes and have had great results. Worth a read if you are interested. Feel free to message me for any more info (iv been researching it ever since!)

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    What I found to help! I am not claiming to cure or diagnose anything!

  • Good on you team for creating an awareness week and getting all of the publicity. So proud of those who have shared their stories. They have all had me in tears, partly because it triggers memories and partly because reading about those who have been without medical support just makes me so sad. Plunket nurses should be required to read about the symptoms of reflux and some real life stories as part of training. So should midwives actually.