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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

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

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.

Kaye Keats

Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist.

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