The herbs I use in your herbal medicine prescription
Over my years in practice, I have become very particular about the quality and types of herbal medicine that I prescribe. The majority of my herbal medicine dispensary consists of organic, UK-sourced dried herbs, and tinctures that are made from fresh plants, rather than dried.
“… palatable and effective…”
Herbal tinctures form the main basis of my prescriptions. Tinctures are an alcohol-water (ethanoic aqueous) extracts of a whole herb, or herb part (leaf, root etc), and as they are a strong extract, generally only 2-3 teaspoons are needed a day (taken twice or three times over the day). Every tincture prescription is individual to each person, and can contain between 1-10 different herbs, pre-mixed for you in one bottle, so there’s no complicated mixing or brewing for you to do; you just shake the bottle to make sure it’s all mixed together properly, pour out your dosage, and drink.
“I have been particularly impressed that the herbs are organically sourced, which … [for me] … has made a huge difference in terms of their purity and healing potential….”
Tinctures can be made from dried or fresh plant parts, but I now mainly use fresh plant tinctures, as not only do they taste better than dried plant tinctures, but I feel, and those that see me for treatment feel, that they are more beneficial in terms of their healing potential.
The majority of my tinctures are also made from organic herbs, which I feel is very important, as I don’t like the idea of giving people natural plant medicines that have been treated with chemicals. All of my tinctures are sourced from a personally hand-picked selection of UK organic small-scale growers and manufacturers from Kent, Lancashire, Rutland and South Wales. All of whom grow and produce to the correct guidelines, and are herbalists themselves, so they understand the nature of what they are producing.
Herbal tinctures usually cost an average £8 per week, depending on the amount that you require (some people require more, some less).
“The teas are great too, and I have enjoyed experimenting with them at home, after talking to you…”
I also blend bespoke herbal tea blends as an alternative, or adjunct to tinctures. This help to take into account the fact that alcohol-based extracts are not suitable for everyone, whether it be due to religious, health or personal reasons. The dried herbal teas I use are also organic.
Teas can also be very helpful if you struggle to find the time to relax, or find time for yourself, and therefore the action of making a cup, and taking the time to sit with it, inhale the aromas, and slowly sip it, can be a useful action in itself. Teas are especially helpful for children and for sleep issues. They can also be used for bathing in, in some cases. Think of Cleopatra, but with herbs instead of milk!
As I mainly use indigenous herbs that are native to the UK and Europe, it usually takes only 5-10 minutes to make these teas, rather than the long-brewed Chinese herbal decoctions that some people think of. Also, some herbs are better fresh out of your garden, than in dried form, so I may suggest you pick your own, after all, they don’t cost anything, and they’ll taste even nicer!
My tea blends are £5 a bag, and they come packaged in an attractive tie-top, lined (to stop them leaking out) and windowed thick paper bag.
Herbal creams, ointments and capsules
For skin, muscle and joint conditions, creams and hand-made ointments / salves may also be provided for you. I also make my own capsules on-site in my clinic, which contain purely herbs and no filler, as well as other types of herbal preparations that may be appropriate for different health issues. Please feel free to contact me, if you would like to find out the prices of these preparations, as they vary due to the amount required.
Are your herbal medicines suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Tincture, tea and capsule preparations are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Due to the beeswax content of my creams and ointments, these are not suitable for vegans, however I am able to make up bespoke infused oils for vegans, if external preparations are required.
Do I have to have a consultation to buy herbs from you?
As a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, it is part of the code of ethics that I adhere to, that I cannot sell you herbs without a consultation first. This is to make sure that you’ll always be getting the herbs that are suited to you, and your health.
However, if you’ve already seen me for a series of appointments, if we reach a point during your treatment when you are progressing steadily and safely, or is maintained at a level for which you are happy to stay at (such as with pain-relief, for example), or if you’re going away on holiday for a period of time, for example, we can discuss the option of repeat prescriptions. I am able to ascertain how long a prescription will last for, and so I make a note when you are likely to run-out and I’ll contact you nearer the time, if I don’t hear from you before.
As it does take time for me to make prescriptions, there is a nominal fee of £5 per repeat prescription, plus the cost of herbs. You are then welcome to collect your prescription from the clinic at a mutually agreeable time, or I can hand-deliver them if they are within walking distance. Alternatively, I am happy to post them via first class post. Payment for these is usually made on collection or delivery.