Basic certified and National Natural Food Association approved Natural Healthcare and Nutritional Healthcare Correspondence Courses. These courses will enable the participant to understand the principles of natural and nutritional healthcare and how to apply the knowledge of sound health into daily life (to view details of the Herbal Certificate & Diploma Courses, or to download a brochure / enrolment form for those courses, please click here)

  • These are correspondence courses
  • You can enrol and complete the courses at any time
  • No previous qualification is necessary
  • Ideal for those interested in natural healthcare
  • Presents a background knowledge for health industry retailers and their staff
  • Can be completed at one’s own pace
  • Natural Healthcare and/or Nutritional Healthcare Certificates issued upon completion which complies with the 1981 Medicines Act

These fully certificated courses are ideal for those interested in natural healthcare and nutritional healthcare, health industry sales personnel and for the beginner, while still providing information for the more experienced. Both courses are easy to follow and are available as complete correspondence courses accompanied by questions, so that they can be studied and completed at your own pace. Certificates will be issued within three weeks of completion.

Click here to read about the director - Dr Janice-Ann Priest - Kn. NC. Dip Herb. Cert Reflexology. HbT. D.Sc. Chartered Natural Health Practitioner.

Courses are NZ$150 each for NZ residents. For overseas orders, postage is added to the Course price.

Alternatively, you can purchase courses via Healthy Options web-site's secure shopping cart using Visa or Mastercard.

Section 1 Basic Steps For Wellness

Section 2 Basic Causes Of Health Problems
Mental Stress
Hereditary Factors

Section 3 Herbal Health
Use Of Herbs
Classifications Of Herbs
Preparation Of Herbs

Section 4 Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal Herbs For Dealing With Various Health Complaints
The Parts Used
Nutritional Content
Recommended Dosage
Herbal Combinations

Section 5 Vitamins And Minerals
Signs Of Deficiencies
Food Supplements
Vitamins And Minerals In Herbs

Section 6 The Natural Medicine Chest
Suggested Remedies To Have On Hand
Kitchen Remedies
Ointments And Creams
Biochemic Cell Salts
Powders, Tonics And Applications
Incidental Requirements

Section 7 Dealing With Common Ailments
Problems That Delay Healing
Lists Of Common Complaints And Corresponding Effective Treatments And Remedies

Section 8 The Process Of Staying Well
Holistic Overview Of Health

Section 1
• So You Want To Study Good Nutrition
• The Basis Of Sound Nutrition And Healthy Eating
• A Wholefood Diet

10 Tips For Healthier Eating
6 Steps Towards A Healthy Nutrition Programme
Improve Your Digestive System
A Checklist
8 Tips For Nutritional Buying

Section 2
• 20 Facts About Food
• The Main Foods That Cause Degeneration
• Foods That Are Needed To Stay Healthy

A Chart
• Nutritional Foods
• A Few Rich Sources Of Food Nutrients

Section 3
• Food Combinations
Best Combinations
• Acid / Alkaline Balance
• Food Classifications
• Food Cravings

Identify The Craving
The Ensuing Cravings Are Commonplace In Today’s Society
Other Specific Cravings

• Foods and Moods
Simple Suggestions

Section 4
• Guide To Vitamins In Fresh Food
• Guide To Minerals In Food
• Vitamins and Minerals In Herbs
• Different Ways To Use Your Herbs
• Water

A Few Tips On Your Water Intake

Section 5
• The Essential Food Nutrients

Soluble Fat

• Introduction To RDA Levels
• Vitamins In Combinations
• Minerals In Combinations
• Summary Of Nutrients And The Deficiency Symptoms

Section 6
• Specific Guidelines For Sound Nutrition
• Digestion

Nutrients For Digestion
• More Food For Thought
• Times To Eat Certain Foods
• 12 Digestive Destroyers


NZ Traditional Herbal Medicine Senior Course of study is unlike any other course in Herbal Medicine that has gone before, not only because most of the formulations are Malcolm Harker’s original creations, but also because of archaic information not found in any other course of herbal instruction available in New Zealand today.

This thesis does not consist solely of folklore, nor is it just a repeat of what has been taught elsewhere. The course includes the latest data and research on herbal properties along with archaic information and Malcolm Harker’s own observations from over thirty years of herbal research, formulating, administering and manufacturing of herbals. Please Note: A preliminary Certificate qualification in herbal medicine is required to commence this course.

Offers enrolment at any time. Correspondence only. Provides 2 field days for plant identification and practical formulation of tonics and lotions. Study at your own leisure. Expected completion time approximately 12 months. Opens the door to a rewarding lifetime of healing with herbs and Nature. Gives over 90 original Malcolm Harker Herbal formulae. Teaches the properties, use and administration of herbs. Bestows the title ‘Senior Traditional Medical Herbalist’


Division One:

  • The Mythology of Herbs
  • Doctrine of Signatures in Traditional Herbal Medicine
  • Mankind’s Long Association with Herbs
  • Planetary Association Influences on Herbs
  • Herbal Medicine: Mankind’s rightful heritage
  • Disease: What is it?
  • Nutritional Discussion
  • Positive Weight Loss (Sequential Eating)

Division Two:

  • Herbal Materia Medica
  • The Medicinal Categories of Herbs
  • Gathering, Storing and Preservation of Herb Integrity
  • Preparation Categories
  • The Stomach, Intestines and Bowel
  • Let your Foods Be Your Medicine

Division Three:

  • New Zealand Medicinal Herbs
  • Herbals rich in Silica for Skeleton and soft tissues
  • Herbals for the Blood, Circulation, Heart and Arteries
  • Herbals for the Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen and Pancreas
  • Herbals for Lymphatic, Glandular and Immunity Systems

Division Four:

  • Herbals for the Skin
  • Lung, Throat and Respiratory Herbals
  • Herbals for the Urinary System, Bladder and Kidneys
  • Brain and Nervous System Herbals
  • Alterative and Astringent Healing Herbals
  • Herbs to Relax the Mind

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  • Basic Correspondence course, enrolment at any time
  • Bestows you the title of ‘Herbal Consultant’
  • Includes booklet on herb identification
  • Expected completion time approximately 2 to 3 months.
  • Study at your own leisure.
  • Introduces you to the wonderful and rewarding world of Herbal healing
  • Includes dozens of traditional herbal remedy recipes


  • What is Natural Health?
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • What are Herbs?
  • Common Herbs and their uses
  • Traditional & Folklore Herbal Remedy Recipes
  • Other practical uses



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