Myddfai is celebrating Herbal Medicine Week

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PRESS RELEASE – 19th June 2013

 Myddfai is celebrating Herbal Medicine Week

Herbal Medicine Week, 21st and 30th June, is a chance for us to draw attention to the amazing beneficial properties of plants that most people consider weeds

Herbal Medicine Week, 21st and 30th June, is a chance for us to draw attention to the amazing beneficial properties of plants that most people consider weeds.  Here in South Wales we have a strong tradition of using plants as remedies, Myddfai being the centre of this once home to the Physicians of Myddfai, medieval doctors who bases their remedies on plants.  Lara Bean, Medical Herbalist BSc (hons) Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, was born and raised in Myddfai and with a science degree and clinical training in Herbal Medicine, has returned to Myddfai to continue this great herbal tradition with a modern medical approach. Lara said “I am delighted to have been welcomed back to the area and am now practicing from Myddfai Herbal Dispensary at Myddfai Community Centre. ( / 01550720922).”


“Modern Herbal Medicine combines traditional knowledge such as that from the Physicians of Myddfai’s herbal manuscripts with up to date scientific research. Herbal Medicine is a natural and effective approach to a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions. In my experience herbal medicine works very effectively in cases where conventional medicine has failed to help, such as persistent skin complaints, irritable bowls, and menopausal symptoms and where there are adverse side effects of medication such as with statins treating high cholesterol and antidepressants.”


“There is a tremendous interest in herbal medicine and according a recent Mintel report over 12 million adults regularly take herbal medicines. Simple ailments can be treated with home remedies such as Echinacea for colds but like orthodox medicine, herbal medicine is complex so for best results it is advisable to consult a qualified medical herbalist, I am delighted to be able provide this service once again to the local community.”


Herbal Medicine Week is all about reconnecting people with their herbal heritage. Within living memory there is a tradition of using home remedies in this area, such as making elderflower wine for winter ills. Lara works with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collecting people’s memories of plant remedies. This week she is putting on an exhibition in Myddfai Community Centre ‘Old wives tales or old and wise tales? The history and science behind herbal Medicine’ to share her findings. The exhibition will also include remedies used by The Physicians of Myddfai and modern scientific findings exploring the validity and modern value of these old remedies. Entrance free.

Lara will also be holding a Practical introduction to wild food and plant medicine on Saturday 29th June at The National Botanic Garden of Wales. This day course will cover wild plant identification, sustainable harvesting and how to turn wild plants into delicious meals for health, from woodland pesto to wild vinegars and wines. More details 10.30am–4.30pm Fee: £35 Booking:  01558 667150 or email


For more details about herbal medicine Lara Bean can be contacted: 01550720922)