Enjoying its 3rd year the ‘Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine’ is back in 2018 to give you easy access to qualified information on the use of plants for health and medicine.

When taking a plant as a medicine, ensuring you’re using the correct plant for your needs is essential since if botanical medicines are used incorrectly, just as with drugs, problems can arise. Our registered medical herbalists and qualified herbal pharmacist are here to help you explore effective herbal medicine to support you back to health and to keep you healthy.

Just drop into The Physic Hut – our new dispensary – every FIRST AND THIRD Wednesday of the month 12 to 3pm in May to August and every Thursday 2-3pm in June and July 2018. 

Wednesday’s dispensary is led by medical herbalists Ross and Davina and Thursday’s by pharmacist Milena.

No need to make an appointment – just come along to the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines situated in The Physic Shop every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (12-3pm; May-Aug) or every Thursday (2-3pm; Jun-Jul) this summer. £5 per consultation and individual prescription (herbal medicine is purchased separately). Milena is offering a free consultation if you join her ‘Thursday Talks‘ 1-2pm every Thursday in June & July 2018. 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 products.

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 £4 and the Season Pass only £10.

Scroll down for more information or email info@disltonphysicgarden.com or contact Ross (rossherbalist@gmail.com), Davina (davinaherbalist@gmail.com) or Milena (milena.kopkowska@gmail.com) directly.

*Please note: The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products; Dispensary times may change for 2019.

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines with Medical Herbalists Ross & Davina every first and third Wednesday of the month May to end August 12-3pm

This is your herbal dispensary led by registered medical herbalists – a place where you can discuss a minor ailment, receive the best qualified professional recommendations and have your tailor-made plant medicine mixed in front of you. Led by 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 1st and 3rd Wednesday this summer*. £5 for a short consultation and individual prescription. For more complex ailments, Ross or Davina can arrange an in depth consultation with you.

More information 

Are you confused about exactly what herb to take for what? Do you see shelves of herbal medicines but want a qualified professional to help you decide which is best for you?

The drop by every first and third Wednesday 12-3pm where 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 medical herbalist 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 every first and third Thursday 2018 between 12pm and 3pm May to end August to answer questions and prescribe individually blended remedies for minor ailments.

Davina says, “One of my favourite 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.

Got a question?

Just email info@dilstonphysicgarden.com or come to the physic garden during opening hours 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 £4 or a Season Pass only £10.

See you at the physic garden!

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines with registered Pharmacist Milena Kopkowska every Thursday 2-3pm June and July 2018

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

​Returning in 2018 the physic garden is again hosting the first UK herbal dispensary with a pharmacist. Come to see a fully qualified pharmacist just like visiting your local chemist, but where you can obtain advise on herbal medication.​

As a pharmacist ​Milena works in a community pharmacy in Durham and every Thursday afternoon in June and July 2018 she is giving talks on ‘Handy Herbs for Everyday Ailments’ and will be available afterwards (2-3pm) to advice and dispense herbal medicines according to your needs. A short consultation and individual prescription is £5 or free if you attend a ‘Thursday Talk’.

Visit the Herbal Pharmacy every Thursday between 2 to 3pm this June and July 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 contact Milena milena.kopkowska@gmail.com or just come to the physic garden every Thursday 1-2pm to join Milena’s talk or 3 to 4pm for a consultation 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. Please see our opening times.

See you at the physic garden dispensary every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 12-2pm May to August or every Thursday 2-5pm June and July 2018.

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”