Thyme Heal is a New Zealand business dedicated to making high quality therapeutic herbal products. The formulae were gradually tweaked to perfection over a period of decades by biochemist, medical herbalist and author Carole Fisher, and her sister Doreen Marshall, a trained microbiologist and biochemist. In 2014 with retirement on the horizon, Carole & Doreen handed the business over to medical herbalist Mary Allan. Mary first met Carole in the Nelson region over 20 years ago, where she spent many years growing and harvesting herbs, gathering wild herbs, formally studying herbal medicine and making plant medicines. Carole inspired her in those early days to devote much of her time, energy and passion into herbal medicine. Coming back full circle - delivering high quality super potent herbal products to Thyme Heal’s customers seemed like the most natural thing in the world for her, and in doing this, Thyme Heal products are now being made up North again by Mary where it all began!
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 and the World Health Organisation (WHO) encourages this practice. 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.