I have been a practising medical herbalist for over 30 years since qualifying as a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists after an in depth four year training. As well as being a consultant herbalist I have run short courses on herbal medicine in colleges, given many hundreds of talks to any organisation who is interested, given radio interviews and written numerous articles some of which you can read on this website.
I was previously a lecturer at Lincoln University on the BSc (Hons) course in Herbal Medicine. I regularly open my practice for ‘herb days’ for anyone who wants to know more about herbs, identify them and how to use them for everyday ailments.
Previously called Vein Tone. A light, white cream. Yarrow and horse chestnut are traditionally used to help improve varicose veins, and in combination with witch hazel, they may also help the appearance of thread veins. Yarrow is a traditional vulnerary and has similar anti-inflammatory properties to chamomile. Comfrey macerated oil strengthens connective tissue. This cream is ideal alone or in combination with other ingredients for applying to varicose veins, varicose eczema and oedema due to venous insufficiency. Precautions: Yarrow essential oil is traditionally avoided during pregnancy. It is unclear whether this also extends to the aromatic water.
I ensure that the creams and lotions I use are made from sustainable, vegan, natural ingredients. They are, in my estimation, the best available. All the essential oils used are organic and minimum of preservatives are used; 0.3% rather than the 1% permitted by law. These creams and lotions include no parabens or other harmful ingredients.
To best identify the kind of condition and the suitability to your type of skin I have written a simple guide. Email me for a PDF copy.