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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 over 500 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 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:

Read more about what to expect at your initial herbal consultation here.

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 herbal consultation 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.

Read more about herbal consultations here.

How much does the service cost?

An herbal consultation is an investment in your health. Appointments are conducted in person, or via telephone or Skype.
An initial herbal consultation costs £40.  Any subsequent follow up appointments are charged at £25. These costs include email support in between appointments should it be required. The cost of your appointment does not include your customized herbal prescription which can vary between £10 and £60 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.

Prices for herbal medicines are as follows:

  • Tinctures: £10* per 100 ml (one week’s supply) or £50 for 500 ml (5 week’s supply)
  • Prices of teas, salves, capsules, and specialized supplements vary.

All prices will be made clear during your appointment and before dispensing. Herbs can also be sent out via post. Prices stated above do not include postage and packing.

*Please note that from time to time, speciality, rare or more expensive herbs may be used in your formula. In these cases, a small additional fee will be added to the prescription to cover the cost. As the price of herbs is dependant on a number of unpredictable factors such as harvest and availability, you will be advised about any additional charges at the time of your appointment, and offered an alternative if preferred.

Will I need a "follow up session?"

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 enable you to adapt your dosage or mix as your symptom picture changes.  This is one of the huge advantages of herbal medicine. You will never receive a static prescription, but will be given medicines that change to reflect your current situation.

During your follow up consultation, we’ll review any symptoms, and talk in more detail about matters such as diet and lifestyle adjustments. 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.

Where will my consultation take place?

At the present time, appointments are conducted via Skype / What’s App or Zoom unless otherwise pre-arranged. To enquire about booking an in-person consultations, please send an email to sarah@alchemilla.co with a brief outline of your primary health complaint. All medicines are mixed and dispensed at the end of your appointment and can be collected from Trevilley farm shop at Lane, Newquay, or sent out via first class post for an additional fee.
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?

Unfortunately due to the present situation, Iridology consultations are not currently available. However, I am keeping an eye on the situation and am hoping to offer one to one appointments for this service again in the very near future. 

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.  

Read more about Iridology here:

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, this can affect compliance. 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.

What is your environmental policy?

The future of herbal medicine depends on the wellbeing of our planet. As a herbalist, I take the issue of the environment very seriously indeed.

To avoid the unnecessary use of plastic, tinctures are dispensed in recyclable glass bottles. These can be brought back to the clinic where they are sterilised and re-used. Unfortunately, prescriptions and creams which are sent out in the post must be dispensed in plastic bottles in order to avoid breakages. To offset this, I now offer refills in plastic pouches. These are much lighter, meaning they can be more easily transported. This equates to lower fuel costs, and a reduced carbon footprint compared with more traditional packaging options.

In addition, all my tisane blends are packaged in 100% biodegradable pouches made from kraft paper, cellulose and starch film which are tested and certified as fully compostable. The packaging completely decomposes in ten weeks, and can be composted at home or deposited in ‘’compostable food waste’’ refuse containers. Tea blends also come with handy “fill your own” plastic free, zero to landfill, fully compostable tea bags, which are fun to use as well as being earth friendly.

Products that are not vulnerable to breakage such as dried herbs and literature are now dispatched in eco-friendly, biodegradable and fully compostable envelopes known as ” Greenvelopes.” These environmentally-safe Greenvelopes are an alternative to classic pouches lined with a bubble wrap on the inside. Their construction contains a special filling that helps to withstand external damage, while still being completely biodegradable. In addition the manufacture of Greenvelopes does not involve chloride, and 100% of the paper used in their production comes from recycling.

In addition to the above, all bubble wrap that comes into the apothecary from goods delivered (or donated by local businesses) is re-used as customer packaging. Any cardboard is composted or recycled. Although not perfect, I remain committed to researching better alternatives and will continue to re-evaluate my environmental footprint as better packaging becomes available.

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 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.

If you have a question about any of my products or services, please feel free to send an email enquiry to sarah@alchemilla.co and I’ll do my best to help.
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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