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)
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  • Argh! I don't know if I'm doing the right thing for my wee girl. We discovered her reflux early 8 days old and has been on goats milk formula for 3 months. Did it help? Hard to say but she was happy enough. We were reffered to the hosp dietician by our plunket nurse and on Thursday started neocate. Its made things worse and she seems in pain.. her poops are slimy green. We gave her a few gaviscon feeds with it to help her tum cos she seems to have a sore tummy a lot. So its Sunday, we've been on it three days but I am continually second guessing myself. Should we have seen a change in her by now. Is it normal to take a few days for the tummy to get used to it? I hate putting her through all this esp if it doesn't end up working... sometimes I just want to throw it in and put her back on goats milk... would love some advice from others on neocate or just any advice/encouragement please and thank you :)

  • Hi mums I have recently taken my daughter off losec on advise from a paed to see how she went. We didn't notice the symptoms coming back and also started solids around same time with it going great. She's had a cough and cold but is over it except this nagging cough which is day and night until she eventually throws up. My question is could the cough actually be the reflux and should I start losec again.

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    Hi Roslyn, Thanks for the updates over the past several months. I am leaving the group as my little boy no longer suffers from gastric reflux and is also no longer dairy intolerant! FYI he was on Neocate from 3 months old and had a combination of formula and my milk until he was 7.5 months. ...

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  • 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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  • 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

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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/