about us

Helen Elscot ND is a qualified medical herbalist, naturopath and clinical nutritionist and a member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.

As a consulting health professional, Helen uses her experience and expertise to help families and individuals improve their health and wellbeing by using nature-based medicines and foods.

Helen graduated from the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies and was presented with the National Herbalists Association of Australia’s award for outstanding herbal medicine student.

As a yoga teacher, Helen’s 2001 study on the effects of yoga practice on hope and optimism in women residing in maximum security prisons formed the basis of her dissertation, “The effect of yoga on hope and optimism” and is widely referred to as one of a handful of qualitative studies executed worldwide.

As part of her ongoing commitment to research and continuing education, Helen participated in the American Botanical Council’s research expedition in 2004, held in conjunction with the Amazon Centre for Environmental Education and Research, to Peru, South America studying botanical medicine and indigenous knowledge from the Amazon and Andes.

Helen’s research led to publications in the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, “From plant to pill: A review of intellectual property rights, patent law and biodiversity”, and “Botanical medicine of Peru: Pharmacy in the rain forest”.

Helen is a freelance health writer for publications such as the New Zealand Sunday News and Woman’s Day and is the health columnist for the Gulf News and Waiheke Weekender on Waiheke Island. She is an experienced lecturer in health sciences and an engaging public speaker.

Disclaimer: All material provided within this website is for informational and educational purposes only, and are not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. Information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease and does not imply or make a claim for the cure of these conditions. This information should not replace the advice of your health care practitioner.