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SAUSAGE TREE CREAM

What are your qualifications?

I have a Diploma in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (Regents College) London. I’ve been in clinical practice since 2007.
My five-year training included completing modules in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedicine
  • Naturopathic principles (e.g. detoxification, holistic nutrition, and diagnostic techniques)
  • Iridology
  • Herbal medicine (including identification, cultivation, and preparation of herbal medicines)

In addition to the above, I completed 300 hours of clinical practice under some of the very best herbalists in the UK. My training was unique in the fact that it is currently the only diploma course in England which requires graduates to have a working knowledge of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside Western Herbal Medicine. This has enabled me to develop a truly holistic practice, offering a diverse, high-quality service to clients who work with me.

Are you a member of a professional body?

I’m a member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners and The Association of Naturopathic Practitioners. I am fully licensed and insured to practice.
A full breakdown of the stringent training required to become a member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners can be found by following the link below:

URHP Standards of Entry

Who can benefit from herbal medicine?

Anyone can benefit from visiting an herbalist. As no two individuals are the same, I always create a totally bespoke herbal formula tailored around the unique needs of each person who works with me. I love to engage with people who take an active interest in their health and want to learn more about how herbs and nutrition can improve their well-being. This is because my job is to encourage you to become empowered to understand the key factors which led to your health issues developing in the first place. You can read more about the benefits of seeing an herbalist for your health complaint here:

Focus on your health: Consult an herbal practitioner

Which therapies do you practice?

Herbal Medicine:
As an herbalist, I treat the whole person using a range of carefully selected botanical medicines. Each individual prescription is blended to take into consideration the physical, mental and emotional health of each client. You can find out more about herbal medicine and how it works by clicking on the links below:
What is herbal medicine?

Iridology:
Iridology is the scientific study of the coloured portion of the eye that surrounds the pupil; the iris. When looked at in detail, the iris can provide insights into your inherited health and genetic make-up. An Iridology session offers valuable information about a person’s hereditary strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge empowers you to adjust your lifestyle in a way that can help prevent diseases from happening in the first place.
You can read more about Iridology here:

Holistic nutrition:
Although herbs are powerful medicines in their own right, the food that you eat also has a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Taking herbs without changing your diet is a little like a full bathtub with the taps running. The emergency situation won’t be resolved just by turning off the taps, you must also pull out the plug. Herbal medicine can work wonders but if you continue to eat a poor diet, then you’re going to achieve limited results.
Diet plans are as varied and unique as the individual themselves. This is why it can seem so confusing when trying to work out which foods are right for you. My training as a naturopath means that I’ll work with you to create a holistic eating plan based around your constitutional type and personal wellness needs without you having to spend a ton of time and money trying to figure this out for yourself. All clients who work with me on a long-term health plan will be provided with a holistic nutritional eating plan to support their health goals.

What can I expect from an herbal consultation?

Herbal Medicine:
Your initial appointment will last between one, and one and a half hours. During this time, I’ll take a detailed medical and holistic case history in which you’ll be asked a variety of questions about your lifestyle and current state of emotional and physical well-being. This helps me to build up a clear picture of your unique constitution. I may also take a look at your iris and tongue to better understand what factors might have led to your current health situation. You’ll then be prescribed your own customised herbal medicine to take home. This will take the form of a tincture, tea, powder or capsules. You will, of course, be provided with information about how to take your medicine. If we’re working together on a health plan, I may also ask you to complete a food / sleep / mood diary or a symptom tracker which will help us to monitor your progress during our follow up sessions.

What’s the benefit of a wellness plan?

For most people, a one-off session isn’t enough time to get to the heart of how their illness started. If you’re looking to make long term changes that are going to address the root cause of your issue, embarking on a wellness plan may be more suitable (and cost-effective) for you. This is because as your well-being improves, your herbal prescription and dietary requirements are also likely to alter. Unlike conventional medicines which can work quite quickly to “suppress” symptoms, it can take a little time for herbs to return your body to a level of vitality where it begins to heal itself. A wellness plan ensures we’re working towards long lasting relief from symptoms rather than using herbs as a sticking plaster to fix the problem for a short period of time.

Are follow up sessions available for people who are not on a wellness plan?

If a wellness plan isn’t right for you just now, follow up appointments are of course still available. Most people generally find they require two to three follow up sessions which usually last between 30 and 45 minutes. These sessions are useful in that they allow us to assess how well your medicine is working. and if your dosage or mix needs to be adjusted. During this time we’ll also review any symptoms, and talk in more detail about matters such as diet and lifestyle adjustments. If needed, further follow up appointments are usually held at 4-6 week intervals, with maintenance appointments scheduled for 3-6 month intervals thereafter. As every case is different, timescales for follow up appointments will inevitably vary.

What does the service cost?

An herbal consultation is an investment in your health. Appointments are conducted via Skype / Zoom / What’s App unless otherwise arranged.
An initial “Dispensary Drop In” appointment costs £55. Follow up appointments are charged at £30.
Please note that the cost of an appointment does not include your customised herbal prescription which can vary between £20 and £75 depending on your individual requirements and budget. Every effort is made to ensure that the service is affordable to all who need it, and a range of options can be discussed during our time together.
Iridology assessments are charged at £60 which includes digital photographs and a lifestyle report.

For costs relating to individual wellness plans, please click the link below.

Prices for herbal medicines are as follows:

  • Tinctures: £10 per 100 ml (one week’s supply) or £45 for 500 ml (5 week’s supply)
  • Powders: 9p per gram
  • Prices of teas, salves, capsules, and specialised supplements vary.

All prices will be made clear during your appointment.

Where will my consultation take place?

All appointments are conducted via Skype / What’s App or Zoom unless otherwise pre-arranged.
In-person appointments can be scheduled at my home dispensary which is located at Quintrell Downs just outside Newquay. Full directions and a map will be sent to you at the time of booking.
All medicines are mixed and dispensed at the time of your appointment. Prescriptions are then posted via first class post, or a collection can be arranged if you live locally.
Home visits can be arranged in special circumstances. In these instances, an additional charge will be applied to cover petrol costs.

What can I expect from an iridology session?

Consultations last approximately 45 minutes. Herbs are not generally prescribed (although there is an option to do so at an additional cost should you wish.) During your appointment, I’ll photograph your iris and explain the visible iris signs which are an indication of your inherited strengths and weaknesses. This is a very simple procedure and is non-invasive. I’ll also produce a short report which will include the digital photographs taken during your session, as well as general lifestyle advice about how to manage your unique constitution.

For more information about Iridology click here.

What is your environmental policy?

The future of herbal medicine depends on the wellbeing of our planet, so as an herbalist and wildcrafter I take the issue of the environment very seriously indeed.
All of the medicines prescribed are sourced from ethical dispensaries who have been specially chosen for their expertise in the growing and distilling of botanical preparations. Plant material is wildcrafted* or organic (wherever possible.) These plants are never sprayed with pesticides/herbicides and are free from exposure to chemical toxins.
Some medicines are also manufactured by myself. I use organic rye alcohol and traditional percolation methods to create high-quality extracts I’m extremely proud of. I’m currently working to increase the number of medicines prepared in this way, but due to seasonality, these may not be available all year round. I’m also currently working with a handful of local farmers in an attempt to support the local economy, reduce my carbon footprint and improve traceability.
To avoid the unnecessary use of plastic, tinctures are dispensed in recyclable glass bottles. Please feel free to bring bottles back to the clinic where they will be sterilised and re-used. Unfortunately, prescriptions which are sent out in the post must be dispensed in plastic bottles in order to avoid breakages. However, I’m still happy to recycle plastic bottles if you’re able to bring them back to the dispensary. All powders and teas are dispensed in re-sealable, brown paper bags.

*Wild-crafted herbs: When plants are harvested the roots are left in place so that the plant can re-grow

Is herbal medicine suitable for vegetarians, vegans or people avoiding alcohol?

All herbal medicines in the dispensary are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Should supplements be required as part of your support plan, you will always be provided with a full list of ingredients so you can be certain the medicines you are prescribed fit with your ethics. Herbal pills are encapsulated in vegan-friendly capsules.
The tinctures stocked in the dispensary are made with alcohol. This is because alcohol is an excellent medium for the extraction of the medicinal qualities of the plants. It also ensures a speedy delivery into the system, bypassing the digestive system and entering quickly into the bloodstream. If you’re avoiding alcohol for any reason please mention this at the time of your appointment. In these cases, you’ll be offered a choice of teas, powders or glycerites (herbal medicines made with vegetable glycerine) in place of a tincture prescription.

Can children take herbal medicine?

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at the time of their appointment. As some of the medicines prescribed contain alcohol, you must give your parental permission for your child to take these preparations. Tinctures contain only a small amount of alcohol in relation to the amount of herb in each preparation. Doses are small, and the alcohol can be “burned off” by adding the tincture to warm water and leaving it to stand for a few minutes before taking. Tinctures are far easier for children to take as they often dislike the taste of teas and powders as larger amounts are required to achieve the desired effect. Your child’s medicine will be discussed in detail during the appointment so that a suitable prescription can be made up.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

This really is a difficult question to answer as it depends both upon your condition, how long you’ve had it, and how willing you are to make any necessary lifestyle or dietary changes to achieve the best results possible. Although I can’t guarantee it, most people will begin to see positive changes within a couple of weeks of taking their medicines. Of course, if you’ve had a condition for a very long time, it isn’t going to vanish overnight. But if you’re determined to take your health into your own hands, follow advice and make the necessary changes to heal, then you should expect to feel increased energy, have better sleep and notice an improvement of your symptoms in a reasonably short space of time.

I’m still not sure if I’m ready to work with you, how can I find out more?

It’s important for me to have happy, healthy and satisfied customers! Please do spend some time reading around the website and blog, and if you’re still not sure, sign up for my newsletter to learn more about herbs and how they can benefit you. I only ever send emails that contain information that’s enjoyable to read and useful to share. This includes recipes, herbal news, uplifting stories and information about practical resources. Alternatively, if you feel you’d like to arrange a no obligation 10-minute chat about your health concerns, please get in touch and we can make that happen.

I can also be contacted by email at sarah@alchemilla.co
I want you to be 100% satisfied that you’re choosing the service which is going to be the most beneficial for you so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
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