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.
*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.
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”