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 courses
Courses at Holt Wood
Our short courses at Holt Wood in North Devon are all about growing and harvesting medicinal trees and shrubs. We offer a number of day and weekend courses designed to enable you to confidently design a growing project which includes medicinal trees, whether large or small. We also run a course which focuses on harvesting from the medicinal forest garden and making herbal preparations from ointments to pills. You can see more details of individual courses on the Shop page for courses. You can register for a place on a course via the Shop page. We are currently looking at ways to offer online courses to people who are unable to get to Holt wood for any reason. if you are interested in hearing more about online courses then do sign up for our newsletter below and we will send out details as soon as they are available.