at INVEREWE GARDEN near Gailoch in Scotland
with SARAH ATKINSON Medical Herbalist MNIMH Dip.Phyt.

Friday 17 May - 18.30 Talk and book signing: A Window on Medieval Medicine - 1h00 to 1h30 - £5 per person - at Osgood’s

Saturday 18 May - 10.00 Talk and book signing: A Window on Medieval Medicine - 1h00 to 1h30 - in the glasshouse

A book inspired by the excavations at Soutra Monastery. Positioned on the border between Berwick and Edinburgh, it was the largest infirmary in the country until its demise around 1460. The drains that removed waste from the infirmary have been carefully excavated over the last 30 years revealing the excellently preserved contents, including herbal material often in bundles, providing the clue that the herbs were being used together in the infirmary as part of healing herbal remedies. There is also evidence that they were using early anaesthetics and had herbal means of surviving the “hungry gap”.

Lunch with Sarah at Osgood’s or the Bothy (not included in the bundle)

Herb walk: 2 to 3 hours after lunch

A fascinating walk through the grounds and walled garden of Inverewe looking at familiar spring herbs and more unusual plants - discovering their historical uses and their current medicinal purposes including how she uses them in her practice. This walk will also include relevant case histories from Sarah’s 25 years as a practising Medical Herbalist.

Sunday 19 May - in the Glasshouse, 10.00 workshop: making ointments and tinctures - 2 to 3 hours

Ointments using familiar plants plus sunflower oil and beeswax. Tincture making - again using common spring plants, preparing and steeping them in alcohol and water, possibly also making infused oils - depending on what plants are available.Two jars (75p each) are included in the price of the weekend. Additional jars £2.50 or 75p. A small contribution towards the alcohol would be welcome.

WEEKEND HERB BUNDLE - £40 (includes free entry to the garden on Saturday and Herb Walk)

to book:


Book launch

A Window on Medieval Medicine - Formally launched on Saturday 29th September at Brantwood - copies signed in front of your very eyes, using only the finest quills.

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Herbal Medicine Consultations

We offer herbal medicine consultations from Sarah Atkinson MNIMH Dip. Phyt. Medical Herbalist.

Herbal Medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of disease. It is the oldest form of medicine known. Our Ancestors using trial and error and their own intuitive knowledge found the most effective local plants to heal their illnesses. Now with the advancement of science enabling us to identify the chemical constituents within these plants, we can better understand their healing powers.

Herbalism, in this country, is now classed as an 'alternative' or 'complementary' discipline but it is still the most widely practiced form of medicine worldwide with over 80% of the world’s population relying on herbs for health.

First consultation: £50
Subsequent consultations: £35

For more information about Herbal Medicine - click here.



Herbal Medicine Consultations

Sarah Atkinson MNIMH dip. phyt.

Owner & Medical herbalist

Tel: 01229 580222 / 716023
Email: sarah.atkinson4941@

I've been a practicing medical herbalist for over twenty years. The idea for the Medicine Garden has gradually germinated over this time.

During the process I've found that the emphasis of my consultation has changed, from focusing totally on the herbs to looking very much at what people eat and drink. This, combined with listening to peoples life stories has made my approach to dis-ease much more holistic, which benefits my patients by giving them more control over their health.