Author: Matthew Calanna

What Natural Treatments Work for Bad Period Pain?

Naturopath – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Jana, I get really bad period pain. My Dr suggested contraceptives might help but I’d prefer something natural. Do I have options?

The effectiveness of a natural treatment depends on the reason for the pain. Some conditions that lead to period pain can impact your fertility so make sure your GP is referring you for further investigations. Natural therapies for period pain centre on balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, managing stress with nutritional and herbal supplements, and more. There are differences between supplements so make sure you seek advice on a product that’s going to work for you. 





What Can I Ask My Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What can I ask my pharmacist?

Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist any question about your health and medicine. We have face to face dispensing to encourage these conversations between our customers and pharmacists, as well as being open seven days a week, early to late, so you can catch us on your way home. Some common questions are, “Do I need to take this with food?”, “What side effects might I get from this medicine?” and more. Ask Calanna – we can either help or advise you to see a doctor.





Personalised Herbal Tonics

You are unique and so is your health. That’s why a one-size-fits-all approach may not give the best outcomes for you. Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies Naturopaths can look at your genes, medications, lifestyle and dietary factors which determine health. They can then personalise a natural treatment plan for your specific health concerns, which may include herbal tonics. Book a consult with one of their Naturopaths in-store or online if you need a safe, natural and effective remedy for cardiovascular health, hormones, fertility, menopause, digestion, gut health, and immunity. They can also help with stress and sleep disorders, allergies and skin conditions, migraines and/or degenerative illnesses. They will create a tailored plan and provide you with the tools to get your health back on track, the natural way.


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Spooky Spider Pumpkin Pies – Halloween Recipes

Spooky Spider Pumpkin Pies Recipe By Matthew Calanna


4 cups of pumpkin, steamed and pureed

2 sheets of puff pastry

¼ cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp chopped parsley

½ tsp salt / pepper (each)

1 egg



Combine pureed pumpkin with the parsley, cheese, nutmeg and salt and pepper.

Create ‘legs’ from the pastry, cutting strips 8cm long and 1cm wide. Make the ‘body’ of the spider by placing the ramekin upside down on your pastry and pressing down.

Fill Ramekins evenly with pumpkin mixture. Arrange the legs and place the body on top. Whip the egg with a fork and brush the spider’s bodies/ legs.

Cook at 190°C for 15 minutes until golden. Place the sliced olive ‘eyes’ on the top to finish. Enjoy the spooky spider pumpkin pies

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

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I Have a Holiday Planned and I Don’t Want to Get Sick!

Naturopath – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Jana, I have a holiday planned and I don’t want to get sick! What can I do to prevent that from happening?

The dry air in aeroplanes and close proximity to others can increase the chance of getting a cold. An immune booster such as the Mario’s Immune Tonic taken in the days before and days after travelling will help you defend against viruses. Using a saline nose spray during and after your flight will also help. Make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly, regularly and keep them away from your face. When you can’t wash your hands, use a hand sanitiser.






What’s the Main Difference Between a Doctor and a Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?

For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).

In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!