My goal is to bring the best medicine I can to those who need it. With that in mind, myself and those I work alongside remain humble to the sacred path of healing, respect and honour the mystery of life, welcome the ancient wisdom from the traditional healing philosophies and understanding from modern science. ~ Mary
Mary Allan is a herbalist and natural health practitioner who has been on the path of natural medicine for decades. She owns and runs Solstice Herbs which is centred around clinical practice and small scale manufacturing under the label ‘Thyme Heal’(established 1995).
Holistic Health Clinic
At our clinic we have available a large range of high quality herbal extracts, powders and dried herbs for internal use as well as a comprehensive range of products for topical use.
For the clinic we make many of our own herbal tincture extracts, which are made traditionally as herbalists have been doing for hundreds of years. We also buy from New Zealand and Australian herbal medicine manufacturers, my favourite being NZ Botanicals who make exceptionally high quality herbal extracts and have been doing so since the 1990s.
We also have available tablets and capsules of herbs and nutritional supplements, I like to have this option because for various reasons it is sometimes more appropriate to use these instead of (or as well as) tinctures, teas and powders.
If you would like to learn more about Solstice Clinic of Natural Therapies, please visit our clinic page here
Our formula's have been developed over many years in response to patient needs by a team of bio-chemists and medical herbalists. Thyme Heal founder Carole Fisher is also a medical herbalist as well as author of the comprehensive herbal medicine text 'Materia Medica of Western Herbs'.
At Solstice Herbs 'Thyme Heal' products are still made today in small batches with the utmost precision and care and sold online and in selected stores around New Zealand. Focus has always been on effectiveness and potency, don't be misled by the plain labels and simple packaging!
Prior to gaining formal qualifications in herbal medicine and yoga therapy I undertook massage, Reiki and Bowen technique training. While living an alternative lifestyle for many years in the South Island of New Zealand I wildcrafted and grew medicinal herbs, worked on farms and completed comprehensive outdoor education guide training. I have also worked teaching herbal medicine, nutrition, biochemistry and yoga and co-managed several herbal dispensaries. My commitment to herbal medicine led me to serving on the executive committee of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists for 12 years in a variety of roles including president, secretary, conference coordinator and PR convenor. During this time I was also editor for 'Avena', the professional journal of the NZAMH for 10 years.
Currently I run a busy home clinic in Browns Bay, Auckland and facilitate herbal medicine workshops around the country. I also make high quality herbal products for retail stores under the label Thyme Heal and work for the Southern Institute of Medical Herbalism - an independent education provider based in the South Island of New Zealand. I have lived, breathed and studied natural medicine now for decades. My formal qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Natural Medicine (South Pacific College of Natural Medicine)
- Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine (Canterbury College of Natural Medicine)
- Diploma in Yoga Therapy (Wellpark College of Natural Therapies)
- Certificate in Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (Dr Pooja's Yoga & Integrated Mind-Body Therapies RPYS, Yoga Allliance registered)
- Diploma in Bowen Technique
- Certificate in Sports & Relaxation Massage
- Advanced Bach Flower Remedies Level 1 & 2
About Herbal Medicine
Historically Herbal Medicine has been used for as long as human kind has existed. Three quarters of the world’s population still rely on herbal medicines for primary health care. There is a wealth of reliable traditional knowledge relating to the use of plants to aid healing as well as a growing body of scientific research.
Despite the effectiveness of well-prescribed plant medicine, with the advent of industrialisation and the development of techniques to extract chemicals in Western countries, there was a shift away from herbal medicine to synthetic drugs. However, in more recent times there is a growing awareness in the public that many of these drugs treat symptoms only and may have unpleasant side effects. As a result there is a resurgence of interest in traditional Herbal Medicine. There is a growing body of clinical and scientific evidence supporting traditional uses of medicinal herbs. In addition, as the herbs have a long history of human use, their safety and efficacy are widely accepted by many world wide authorities.