About Holt Wood Herbs
Our project at Holt Wood in North Devon is all about growing and harvesting medicinal trees and shrubs. The range of possibilities for including medicinal trees and shrubs varies from gardens to smallholdings, woodlands and agroforestry projects. We set up the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust to encourage the cultivation and harvest of medicinal trees and shrubs in a sustainable way. Every item we sell will enable us to contribute to this Trust which has charitable educational aims.
Treatment with herbal medicine is based on each individual case and the clinical herbal practitioner will want to take account of any prescription medication you take. A preparation of selected herbs will be made up to suit your particular medical condition. Advice on diet and lifestyle may also be provided at the consultation. During the ensuing weeks or months there will be follow up visits to make adjustments to your herbal mixture, and provide advice as your condition alters. Typically, you will be given a mixture of herbal tinctures. This mixture is usually taken in teaspoonful doses in hot water up to three times per day. Tinctures include some alcohol which acts as a preservative. Children are given reduced doses. Herb teas, tablets or ointments may also be prescribed.
About our ingredients
Products in the Holt Wood Herbs range are designed to draw on sustainable resources, particularly ingredients which can be sustainably grown in the UK. In 2005 we replanted Holt Wood in North Devon and a new phase began as we were able to start growing and harvesting some of our own ingredients. We try to avoid using non-natural preservatives, and we buy in organic ingredients when possible. See here for more details of individual ingredients. Looking ahead our aim is to develop the range of products available, and to increasingly source herbal ingredients in a sustainable way, especially those from trees and shrubs. Some of our ingredients are already grown and harvested by us, such as Cramp bark, Marigold flowers, Juniper, St John’s wort, Violet willow, White willow and Witch hazel.