Discover the secret power of the plants around you. Did you know that just about every European species has mystery & medicine surrounding it?
Above the meandering Dyvels Water in Northumberland, Dilston Physic Garden embraces the natural beauty and importance of plants for health and medicines. Explore this beautiful tranquil physic garden and its two acre collection of 800 European medicinal species. Learn exciting facts that could change your life on the way.
Signboards tell you what part of health each plant supports and how. From fascinating legends and folklore in the history of each plants use, to their relevance in cutting edge science and medicine today, discover why plants are essential to keep us healthy, to boost our brain power and of vital importance as medicines worldwide.
The world of phytochemicals is astonishing – there is an enormous amount of scientific research coming from universities and laboratories around the world and there’s much more to unfold – new herbs and phytochemicals to treat specific disorders, and to boost and preserve our health. We’re only just uncovering the health benefits of plants and their phytochemicals as preventative medicines. Plants contain antibacterials, antifungals, anti-virals as well as anticancers, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories – all of which they produce to look after themselves in their environment (against fungus, bacteria, viruses and cancers and to preserve their metabolic systems). Many of these molecules do and may have the same effects in our body.
At this physic garden we are particularly interested in plants that benefit the brain and mind. From plants to safely help us sleep, relieve anxiety and depression, lift mood and to boost our attention and memory, this is a fascinating and exciting area to discover and much needed in today’s life. There is increasing science and clinical evidence behind the use of several species traditionally used to boost the brain. In collaboration we have just completed our first pilot trial testing a combination of 3 European plant extracts on word recall on volunteers – with results showing the group aged under 62 years, who took the extract containing the test herbs, improved in their ability to remember correctly by over 50%, compared to those who didn’t take it in the same age group.
Always consult a registered medical herbalist before taking any plant medicinally.