October 2021

Firstly, our newsletter is a bit later than usual. Apologies! It’s been a busy month in the garden, but I am sure all the hard work will ensure that we eat healthy and stay well.

We sprouted our own kumara this year, which has been rather successful. It was very easy to do. Just look for the eyes (small nodules on the skin) and cut them off with a small amount of flesh. I put them in a shallow dish and made sure that they had water at all times. Once the roots started to grow I put them into a jar, sat them on the bench and the roots and leaves took off. Free food!

While we grow most of our plants from seeds, we would like to acknowledge Grow On Katikati , who are on a mission to increase food resilience in our community. It’s about sharing skill, knowledge and resources. Have a look at their Facebook page and support them if you can: https://www.facebook.com/Grow-On-Katikati-100320925037743/

I have always had a couple of Echinacea plants in the garden (and love this amazing plant), this year we are scaling up and I have grown several trays from seed. Pat has been asked by Desiree De Spong to develop some products to support their FlowPresso protocols. If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing new treatment for sleep, fatigue, stress, and supporting the detox process by improving the lymphatic system function and subsequent immunity, we think you should take a look. https://www.flowpresso.co.nz/about-us . Pat is a huge fan of Desiree’s work and as part of this research and product development work, we’ll be trialling Echinacea. Watch this space.


It is lovely to feel the warmer temperatures. Summer is just around the corner. The wetsuits are ready and the boogie boards are itching to get into the water. Waihi beach is a 15-minute drive for us, so we are very fortunate and go as often as we can. The benefits of being in the sea are huge. Especially with a boogie board. It is exhilarating to catch the waves and ride to the shore and do it over and over again!

Sea water is jammed packed with minerals and trace elements that your body needs, and which your skin can absorb. There’s no wonder that we feel great after being in the waves. You don’t have to get thrown around in the waves, a leisurely dip or even a paddle will let your skin absorb all the goodness that the sea has to offer.

Of course, the warm water is accompanied by the warm sunshine. The sun has been somewhat demonised over recent years. Sunshine is essential to all life on our amazing blue planet. We need sunshine to make vitamin D, and 30% of people are now either Vitamin D deficient or have sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D.


We advocate sensible sun exposure: recommend that you get don’t your sunshine hits during the hot part of the day. If you do have to be in the hot sun then cover up, wear a hat and think about a safe sun block.

This brings us to our product of the month, which has to be Happy Horizons Sun Block. We are going to assume you know enough about sun block to avoid most of the toxic chemicals in commercial sunscreens. If not, you might want to do some research. https://savethereef.org


If you have spoken to Pat at the markets, you’ll already know that she firmly believes ours is the safest sunscreen it is possible to make. The safest for you and the safest for the coral reefs and oceans. While there are a lot of people making sunscreen with good intentions, navigating the world of nano-size zinc particles is not for the faint-hearted. GEEK WARNING: While the ‘marketing’ definition of nano-particles refers to particles which are less than 100 nanometers, the scientific definition refers to particles less than one thousand nanometers. Just to be clear, particles between 101-999 nanometers are classified as non-nano on your labels, but would still be classified as nano in the scientific literature. Who smells a fish? The research suggests some of the most problematic particle sizes are in the range 300-450 nanometers, which can be (and are) marketed as ‘non-nano’. In fact, particles in this size range are often referred to as ‘micronised’, and are touted as a good option. But if you dig through the primary research on nano-zinc, the findings are not very reassuring.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, some zinc oxides are now made so their nano-sized particles are stuck together for the purpose of analysis (and labelling), so technically the particle size is greater than 1000 nanometers, but in water they dissolve back into tiny 100-400 nanometer particles, with all of the associated risks and concerns.

If you really want a sunscreen that doesn’t harm the coral reefs, you need to know the actual size range of the particles as well as the purity. We believe the range of particle size in the zinc oxide we use at Happy Horizons is the absolute safest it is possible to buy. It comes in plain 60g jars ($29), plain 200g jars ($60). We also a limited number available in our beautiful bamboo-lidded 100g jars ($45). These will make great gifts and are refillable at markets. You’ll find it under our personal care section https://www.happyhorizons.co.nz/personal-care

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With the weather warming up and thinking about summer, I am sure that you don’t need to be reminded that Christmas is coming. Our offer to you for this month is free shipping on orders over $120. Select this option when you check out. Make the most of this offer and introduce family and friends to healthy Happy Horizons products. Visit www.happyhorizons.co.nz

Keep an eye on our website, as we will be adding gift vouchers. These will make great Christmas presents and give you the opportunity to introduce family members and friends to our range of amazing products.

Here is our latest water lily. Just beautiful!

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