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Salamander Cookshop: One of Britain's leading cookshops since 1993, Salamander sources the very best kitchen equipment from around the globe for its loyal customer base.



Making Eco-Fashion Cool

Rapanui is an Eco-Fashion company from the Isle of Wight, that makes Organic Ethical clothing using Renewable Energy with award-winning traceability. Rapanui is about making eco-fashion cool!


The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.



National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH): Founded in 1864, this is the oldest association of practising herbalists in the western world. This is the site to visit if you want to find your nearest professional medical herbalist or are interested in training to become a herbalist.

The Scottish School of Herbal Medicine: offers a variety of courses in Herbal Medicine, Clinical Aromatherapy and Massage. Visit their site for further information.

American Botanical Council (ABC): dedicated to promoting the safe and effective use of medicinal plants through education and scientific research.

European Herbal Practitioners Association: Representing professional herbalists throughout the European Union, the EHPA are working to protect the rights of practitioners and consumers of herbal medicine, setting the standards of training, practice and quality of herbal medicine.

Herb Research Foundation: A source of accurate, science-based information on the health benefits and safety of medicinal plants.

Henry Doubleday Research AssociationEurope's largest organic membership organisation dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

The Herb Society: The UK's leading society for increasing the understanding, use and appreciation of herbs and their benefits to health.


Suppliers of Herb Seeds, Plants and Herbal Products


Ayurveda Pura - for Quality Ayurvedic Products  The Essence of True Health & Inner Balance. Based on Ayurveda, the 5000 year old holistic knowledge of India, Ayurveda Pura brings to you a line of superior quality health & beauty products

Barwinnock Herbs in Scotland sell a wide range of organically grown culinary, medicinal and aromatic plants. Plants may be ordered by email or post, or you can visit the nursery from April to October, 10am to 6pm. 


Herbs from Wales have a large selection of dried herbs. The nursery has special open days - check the website for details.

Suffolk Herbs: The most comprehensive stockist of organic seed varieties in Europe. Order seeds, gifts and other goods online.


Seed Parade: Top quality herbs, vegetable and flower seeds at bargain prices. Amazing selection of heirloom, traditional and rare varieties


Dragon Herbarium in Oregon, USA have a wide range of herbal products available to buy online.





Living With Birds are a leading online retailer of bird seed, nest boxes, accessories and more.  We believe that everybody has a responsibility to preserve natural wildlife and we are committed to contributing to conservation as often and as much as possible.


Plantlife: This charity carries out practical conservation work, influences legislation and promotes the cause of wild plant conservation. Their goal is "a world in which the riches of our wild plant inheritance are not diminished by human activity or indifference but are recognised, cherished and enhanced". They need your support.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'. Three species are already extinct in the UK and several others have experienced dramatic declines. The Bee Conservation Trust aims to prevent further declines, and to raise awareness of the problems bumblebees face. Over 3,200 members range from enthusiastic and concerned amateurs right through to internationally renowned research scientists all sharing a common affection for these affable insects and a desire to see them conserved for future generations. No bees, no pollination, NO HERBS!  Join today

Worldwide Fund for Nature: Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF's mission is to protect the biological diversity that we all need to survive.

Arbor Cura: Tom Fellows runs a small tree surgery business in Brighton, East Sussex. Unfortunately, in this line of work he is asked to remove far more trees than he is ever asked to plant. Consequently, Tom recently set up TREE-CYCLE, whereby a native tree species is planted for every tree removed from a customer's garden. Take a look at his website and give him your support.


Places to Visit, Holistic Holidays, Bushcraft, Wild Food and Ecology Tours

Woodsmoke specialises in wilderness bushcraft and survival skills training - Woodsmoke is known for its pioneering bushcraft courses, adventurous expeditions and professional approach to teaching classical wilderness skills.


Helmsley Walled Garden in North Yorkshire is a beautiful five acre walled garden. Dating from 1758 and set against the spectacular backdrop of Helmsley Castle in the grounds of Duncombe Park, the garden is gradually being restored to its former glory. Originally built to supply the Duncombe estate with fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, it was abandoned in the 1970's until, in 1994 extensive restoration  started to bring it back to life as a fully working kitchen garden. Having recently been successful in a  'Peoples Millions' funding bid, plans are under way for exciting new features including a Garden of Contemplation and Physic Garden in 2009.

For those of you in the Northeast USA, go Foraging With the Wildman : Learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman" Steve Brill. Find out about his public Wild Food and Ecology tours in local parks, and the work he does with kids. Read excerpts from his books, enjoy his botanical artwork and vegetarian recipes, and find out what happened after he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover NYC park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!

Other Interesting Links


Henriette's Herbal Homepage: Everything you ever wanted to know about herbs!

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC): I receive quite a few emails from people seeking advice on natural remedies for their pets. Whilst I would like to be able to help I must stress that I have no veterinary qualifications whatsoever and am aware that certain food/herbs that are perfectly safe for humans to take may cause an animal harm. Dosage is also difficult to calculate. However, Chris Day, an experienced holistic vet in Oxfordshire, has a very informative website and may well be able to answer your questions.

Native American Ethnobotany: Daniel Moerman's vast database on the use of plants by almost 300 Native American communities took 25 years to compile. It is now available to consult online. Over 4000 species of plants are represented together with their uses as food, medicine, dyes, fibres and building materials. 

Unani Herbal Healing: Unani Medicine as a healing system was founded by Hakim Ibn Sina, known as Avicenna in the West. Unani Healing can be traced all the way back to Hippocrates.

SUMA Wholesale Co-op: Suma is the UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler-distributor. Specialising in vegetarian, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products, they also have their own successful brand of food and non-food products. As a radical workers’ cooperative, they have dedicated the last 30 years to providing quality products and unparallelled customer service backed up with their uncompromising passion for ethical trading. Whether you're an existing customer, a newcomer, or a job-hunter, hungry for more information about what they do and how they do it, this is the place to start.

The Bear Co-op in Todmorden is the place to visit for fair trade and organic local produce, environmentally friendly household products,  and natural remedies and supplements. If you are in the area, check out the Bear Cafe for delicious home-cooked vegetarian food.

Peter J. Hosey Photography is a UK-based website devoted to images of cultivated and wild flowers and fungi. Peter is based in Coventry and all the photos have been taken in Britain, representing the diversity of British flora.

Tummy Trouble is a non-profit public interest website focused on stomach and abdominal aches and pains; the causes, symptoms and relief.

Todd Caldecott  is a clinical/medical herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner providing clinical and education services in the Greater Vancouver area and beyond.

Herb Expert is a public interest, non-profit website focused on growing and cooking herbs

John Hool, Herbalist  - An established, respected family business at Ashburner Street Market in Bolton, Lancashire, Hools specialise in medicinal and culinary herbs and spices, food supplements and homoeopathic remedies. Online ordering available



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For your safety I am prohibited from giving specific medical advice to individuals over the internet or telephone so please do not waste your time or mine by emailing or calling me with detailed information about your health problems - I can only undertake face-to-face consultations for what should be obvious reasons. Diagnoses cannot be made remotely, and I am unable to offer any advice or treatment until I am completely satisfied that I know what I'm dealing with!  The herb profiles and treatment suggestions on this website will help enable you to choose which herbs might be appropriate for minor ailments. For more serious or chronic conditions you should seek professional advice. This is particularly important if you are taking medication from your doctor or pharmacist, as some herbs can interact adversely with other drugs. If you would like to have a consultation with a medical herbalist then you should click here  then scroll to 'Professional Organisations' at the bottom of the page to find a qualified practitioner in your area.

Christine Haughton, MA MNIMH MCPP FRSPH

Wold Farm, West Heslerton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 8RY, UK

Last updated 27th November 2014     ©Purple Sage Botanicals