Did you know medicinal plants can help you back to health, and can also keep you healthy?

Explore effective herbal medicine this summer at our new innovative Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine, June to August 2017 every Wednesday 12 to 2pm led by medical herbalists Ross and Davina (until end August), and every Thursday 2 to 5pm led by pharmacist Milena (until August 10).

No need to make an appointment – just come along to the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines situated in The Physic Shop every Wednesday or Thursday this summer*. Just £5 per consultation and individual prescription (herbal medicine is purchased separately).  For more complex ailments, Ross or Davina can arrange an in depth consultation with you.

The Physic Shop also stocks a range of organic or wild crafted teas, tinctures, creams and other herbal formulations.

*Wednesdays 12-2pm until end August and Thursday 2-5pm until August 10th 2017. Don’t forget you can enjoy the Physic Garden while you’re there – Physic Garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the dispensary.  If you’d like to visit the Physic Garden too, entrance is just £4 and our Season Pass only £10.  Please note Dispensary times may change for 2018.

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines

with Medical Herbalists Ross and Davina – every Wednesday June to August 12-2pm

This is your herbal dispensary led by medical herbalists – a place where you can discuss a minor ailment, receive the best professional recommendations and have your tailor made remedy mixed in front of you. Led by registered medical herbalists Ross Menzies and Davina Hopkinson with many years clinical experience prescribing effective remedies to patients.

No need to make an appointment – just come along to the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines situated in The Physic Shop every Wednesday this summer*. For more complex ailments, Ross or Davina can arrange an in depth consultation with you. Just £5 per consultation and individual prescription.

Confused about exactly what herb to take for what? See shelves of herbal medicines but want a qualified professional to help you decide which is best for you?

Every Wednesday 12-2pm a qualified professional medical herbalist will be available to talk to you about your individual herbal medicine needs and offer over the counter suggestions.

Finding the right herbal medicine specific to your needs can be difficult these days with the array of products available. Often people spend a great deal on supplements and remedies that are not appropriate or helpful. Dilston aims to offer over the counter suggestions and herbal medicines for more minor ailments, tailored to each persons need.

ABOUT ROSS AND DAVINA

Ross and Davina together have over 26 years experience in prescribing effective herbal medicines to patients. Ross says “For many of the health issues that you would go to the chemist for it now possible to seek a herbal solution.”

Ross continues “People have been coming to my clinic for many years and recently I have become aware that more and more people would like the opportunity to visit me in the same way they would a pharmacist at the chemist. Sometimes a consultation is not necessary and we’d like to offer the public personal health suggestions and individually blended remedies. Of course this is suitable for more minor ailments and for more complex health issues a consultation can be arranged.”

Ross or Davina, who are practicing medical herbalist with clinics in Hexham and Broomley, will be available at the physic garden on between 1pm and 3pm on the open days to answer questions and prescribe individually blended remedies for minor ailments.

Davina says, “One of my favorite herbs is verbena. Use of this herb has been recorded consistently since Egyptian times and it used to be revered as something of a cure all. These days one of its main uses is a relaxing nervine. The English herbalist Culpepper described it as being useful for people who are “frantic” and I think this is an apt description, who these days is not frazzled and stressed out!”

Davina works from home and visits patients in their own homes around the North East and works with the physic garden in promoting and organising educational school visits for children as well as running her popular Potion Clubs over the summer.

For more information just come to the physic garden every Wednesday 1 to 3pm and while you’re there don’t forget you can enjoy the physic garden and enjoy its health and healing properties too!*

*Please note Physic Garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the dispensary. If you’d like to visit the Physic Garden too, entrance is just £4 and our Season Pass only £10.

See you at the physic garden dispensary every Wednesday 12-2pm June to August or Thursday 2 -5pm May to August 10th.

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines

with registered Pharmacist Milena Kopkowska every Thursday 2-5pm 18th May to and including 10th August

​​Did you know that in Europe herbal medicines are used by doctors and pharmacists in the same way as other medicines?​

​Starting Thursday May 18th Dilston Physic Garden is hosting another first in the UK with a new and innovative pharmacist led Herbal Dispensary. Come to see a fully qualified pharmacist, just like visiting your local chemist, but one who can advise on herbal medication as well.​

​Milena works part time in a community pharmacy in Durham and every Thursday afternoon she will be at The Physic Shop at Dilston Physic Garden to advice and dispense herbal medicines according to your needs.

Visit the Herbal Pharmacy every Thursday between 2 to 5pm for safe and effective herbal medicines for minor ailments. Come for advice on treating anything from mouth ulcers to sleep problems. Milena says: “As a pharmacist I have knowledge about both – herbal and synthetic medicines and therefore can help you explore different treatment options and help you find the best way to improve your health.”

ABOUT MILENA

Milena is a pharmacist who qualified in Poland where herbal medicines constitute a substantial part of the pharmacy stock and are commonly used by doctors, as in much of Europe, for the management of minor ailments. Since moving to the UK, Milena has been working in a community pharmacy where she found that the benefits of herbal medicines are not widely known.

Milena says “many common health problems may not be adequately addressed in the main stream UK health service. Since UK doctors don’t prescribe herbal medicines, and pharmacies often don’t offer them, the public don’t know about them”.

Milena is a fully qualified pharmacist practicing in the UK with a Pharmacy Degree from ​ Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland. Milena says “I know a great deal about herbal medication, the chemical basis for their effectiveness, and practical ways of using raw pla​nt material to make effective medicines”. Milena is here to share her knowledge of effective herbal medicines and to help the public benefit from the abundance of natural medicines that are prescribed more in Europe than they are in the UK.​

For more information just come to the physic garden every Thursday 2 to 5pm and while you’re there don’t forget you can enjoy the physic garden and enjoy its health and healing properties too!*

*Please note Physic Garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the dispensary. If you’d like to visit the Physic Garden too, entrance is just £4 and our Season Pass only £10.

See you at the physic garden dispensary every Wednesday 12-2pm May to August or Thursday 2-5pm May to August 10th.

Nicolette, pharmacognosist at the physic garden, says “Visitors to the physic garden regularly ask which plants help treat everyday common ailments are which are safe to take with certain conditions.  So we are delighted that Ross, Davina and Milena are here to provide this exciting new professional herbal dispensary service for the North East.  Many people do not realise that in order to prescribe medicinal plants you need to be a qualified medical herbalist and study for 4 years with clinical training.  Ross and Davina have worked alongside the physic garden for many years now, and we completely endorse their natural approach to health.  Having the opportunity to welcome Milena and embrace the European way of recommending herbal medicines the same as recommending orthodox medicines for general ailments is exciting progress for both mainstream and herbal medical practice”