We believe that herbalism has always been the ‘medicine of the people’ and aim to provide affordable person-centred herbal care, with its roots in the local community. We also recognise that all of our health depends on the health of our land, and so we use an ecological approach, prescribing native and Organic Scottish herbs as far as possible, and using herbs grown and foraged in Wester Hailes to ‘Close The Circle.’

It is run by three professional Medical Herbalists, Ally Hurcikova, Kathryn McArthur & Audrey Marchbank.

Our aim is to provide high quality, low cost herbal care, and so we offer herbal consultations by donation. If you are local to Wester Hailes and would like to use the clinic, we ask for between £5 and £40 for our time, and to cover the cost price of the herbs which is an average of £3 per week. You can choose an amount to pay depending on what you can afford. We won’t ask you to prove your income to us.

The Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic is open every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm

About The Clinic

The Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic was established in 2015 and is currently proud to be one of only two examples in Britain of herbalism being offered in an integrated primary care setting alongside local NHS services. You can read our two year project report about the clinic here.

Our clinic runs out of the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre where we work in collaboration with the Health Agency & the Wester Hailes Medical Practice. 

Most of our patients come via referral from our partners, but you can also self-refer – just book yourself an appointment using the contact details below.

For more information about what happens in a consultation or what kinds of conditions we commonly treat please go to our About Herbal Medicine Page

Support Us

We welcome donations as we are an independent service which relies on generating its own income to be sustainable. You can ‘Pay It Forward’ and gift a local resident a herbal appointment and give general donations on this page.

Opening Times:

The Clinic is open on Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm

Initial appointments are 1 hour

Follow up appointments 30 minutes

Costs:

For Wester Hailes residents, there is a suggested donation per appointment of between £5 and £40. We are pleased to also offer appointments to staff of the Healthy Living Centre and other local organisations for a subsidised rate.

Local Residents                                                                         Staff of the Healthy Living Centre

Suggested Donation of                                                              £25 initial appointment (1 hour)

£5-40 per appointment                                                              £15 follow up    (30 mins)

Medicines: Donation Towards the Cost                         Medicines: £8 average per week

Clinic Location:

The Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic is located in the Wester Hailes Health Agency, in the Healthy Living Centre (HLC)’s Green Zone. Find us at 30 Harvester’s Way, EH14 3JF

The building & toilets are fully wheelchair accessible & our consultation will be on the ground floor.

Booking An Appointment

To Book an appointment contact: frontdesk (at) thehealthagency.org.uk      0131 453 9400

I have been coming to see Ally with my son who is 16 and has additional support needs at Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre for a couple of years now. Ally listens very carefully to us both and is very sensitive to my sons needs especially, it feels almost like a counselling session!   She does not lead, she just asks questions to clarify the physical or psychological symptoms we are having and then suggests a course of herbal treatment as appropriate. The herbal medicines have been very suitable for us both as we tend to be oversensitive to other drugs so the herbal treatment gently but directly helps the problem. The project has enabled us to access herbal treatment at an affordable cost. We would really recommend the clinic and Ally to others.  

Pay It Forward: Gift A Herbal Appointment

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Donation Total: £35.00

CONTACT US

Grass Roots Remedies Co-op
c/o The Health Agency, Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters’ Way, Edinburgh, EH14 3JF

Email: hello(at)grassrootsremedies.co.uk

To Book A Herbal Consultation:

Email: ally(at)grassrootsremedies.co.uk Phone: 07724 361 240