What is a Herbal Dispensary
A Herbal Dispensary, is a place where herbal medicines can be dispensed and advice and
treatment offered by a qualified practitioner. In the old days it was called an Apothecary
and herbal medicines and drugs would have been sold together. Our dispensary is staffed by
our qualified naturopaths and medical herbalists who are there to support your health and
the health of your family.
Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world
today. The healing properties of herbs have been used by humans for over 3000 years, and
75% of the world’s population still relies on traditional plant use in medical treatment.
Herbs can work in a unique way to correct imbalances and enhance the body’s ability to
maintain good health.
What Is A Herbal Tincture?
Herbal tinctures are liquid herbal extracts made with a medicinal herb, pure alcohol, and
water. Alcohol is used because it allows for the best extraction, while also stabilizing and
preserving the herbs. A herbal tincture from a herb has been extracted in alcohol or a
vegetable glycerine (a slightly sweet tasting syrup which is alcohol-free). Each herbal extract
contains a unique combination of plant chemical components from the plant that work to
strengthen, tone and balance the organs and systems of the body.
These tinctures are taken orally and are usually prescribed in drop dose or ml dose several
times a day. Tinctures are unique because they are better absorbed than pills or capsules, so
they allow for great results. They can also be safely stored for long periods of time. They are
also often combined with other herbs to more greatly assist in the healing process, herbs
can work synergistically to support the body's natural processes to function optimally,
enhancing health and wellbeing.
At Cornucopia we offer a full range of quality herbal extracts that can be blended for your
individual needs. We also sell a large range of dried herbs for teas. A plant’s medicinal
properties can also be extracted in water through either an infusion ( pouring hot water
over the leaves or flowers & leaving to infuse), or through a decoction, where bark, roots
and seeds are simmered gently to extract their medicinal properties. Our Naturopaths and
Herbalists can advise which might be best for you.
How to buy a Herbal Tincture?
You can pop into Cornucopia and chat for 10 – 15 minutes free of charge to one of our
trained Naturopaths or Herbalists. During this time we will listen to your symptoms and
discuss what's going on for you physically, mentally or emotionally. Our Medical Herbalist
can then make up a herbal tincture specially formulated for your health requirements or
suggest other remedies. We often make up herbal tinctures for children for sleeping ,
teething, colic , for colds and flu’s, anxiety, insomnia and adrenal support, menstrual
problems and menopause, digestive and liver health, parasites and much more.
We can also do a Zinc test, mix up Bach Flower remedies and Homeobotanical remedies as
well in store, as well as advising you on nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle.
Just so you know we always have a naturopath or herbalist in store to advise you.
Or you can book an appointment with one of our Naturopaths or Herbalists who work in
our Health Clinic. This is usually 1 – 1 ½ hours long and the cost depends on the individual
Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis are a hypersensitivity to
airborne allergens like pollen and dust and when inhaled into the nasal cavity, trigger the
body to release histamine, a naturally occurring immunity response to foreign pathogens.
If you have annually recurring hay fever, supporting the immune system for two months
leading up to hay fever season is important . Herbs such as Echinacea and Astragalus help
to balance and moderate immune function. Also Vitamin C, which is a natural antihistamine,
helps to reduce nasal secretions and inflammation, and flavonoids such as quercetin, rutin,
and hesperidin also have antihistamine properties.
Healthy digestion and maintaining good gut flora are cornerstones for reducing allergy
severity, so support the gut flora with probiotics and fermented foods and avoid processed
and sugar-laden foods. Avoid dairy, wheat and gluten and often citrus can be aggravating as
well. Add extra garlic and onions to the diet, maintain healthy liver function and support the
adrenals in cases of stress.
Allergic reactions are a result of the actions of histamine, causing the tissues in the affected
areas to inflame. Nettles contains histamine in a weak form and can attach to the histamine
receptors in the tissue and blocks the body's own histamine uptake, and in that way reduces
its effects. Nettle tea works best when one drinks two-plus cups daily two months before
allergy season begins or as a tincture 2-3 mls 2x daily. Other anti-allergic herbs such as
albizzia and baical skullcap can also be helpful. Raw apple cider vinegar also helps to block
the histamine response and reduces inflammation and a spoonful a day of raw local honey
will help your body build up a resistance to local pollens
For runny eyes and painful sinuses, the herbs eyebright , golden seal and also elderflower,
golden rod and horseradish can be really soothing on the mucous membranes, There are
many herbs that can give relief, but each person is different so talk to our herbalists and
naturopaths to find a treatment that will work for you: We have many different herbs and
supplements and homeopathic preparations too to give support at this time of year.
Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist.
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