Did you know herbs can help?

Try effective herbal medicine for minor ailments – come to the physic garden this summer for easy access to qualified information tailored to individual needs. Enjoying its 4th year, the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine is open this summer.

10th April – 18th September 2019

Every Wednesday 12-3 pm (except 12th & 19th June).

Herbal medicine gets to the root of the problem. But when taking a plant medicine, ensuring you take the correct plant for your needs is essential. If herbal medicines are used incorrectly, just as with drugs, problems can arise. Medical herbalists who are associated with the physic garden have studied a 4 year degree in herbal medicine. For example Davina Hopkinson is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists – so you are assured of qualified professional help to explore herbal medicine to support you back to health and keep you healthy. Wednesday’s dispensary is led by medical herbalists Davina Hopkinson or Ross Menzies.

No need for an appointment for a 10 minute £5 consultation – just come along to the dispensary at the physic garden. Plant medicine is purchased separately. For more complex conditions just arrange an in-depth consultation at £20 for 30 minutes or £40 for 45-60 minute.

Don’t forget you can enjoy the physic garden while you’re there –  admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the Dispensary, however if you’d like to visit the garden too, entrance is £4 and the Season Pass only £10.  The Physic Shop also stocks a range of teas, tinctures, ointments and other botanical products.

Scroll down for more information, email us or contact Davina or Ross directly.

*Note: The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products;  Plant medicines are approximately £7 per week & usually made while you wait. £5 is for a 10minute consultation only, for a longer consultation just ask, they are charged at the normal rate. 2020 dispensary times may change.

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines

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.

Medical herbalists Davina Hopkinson and Ross Menzies have together over 30 years clinical experience prescribing effective plant medicines.

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? Are you concerned you are being treated by a qualified herbalist?

Just drop by every Wednesday 12-3pm (except 12th & 19th June) this summer 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 person’s need.

About medical herbalist Davina and Ross

Davina and Ross together have over 30 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.”

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.

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.”

Davina and Ross, who are practicing medical herbalist with clinics in Broomley and Hexham, will be available at the physic garden every wednesday this summer 12pm – 3pm to answer questions and prescribe individually blended remedies for minor ailments.

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!

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”