Below are a list of links that we feel will be of interest, along with a brief description of each site.  Please remember that the IRH is not responsible for the contents of these sites. If you have any questions, suggestions or just want leave a comment then please use the contact form on the Ask a Question page.  We appreciate all kinds of feedback.

 

  • Community of Irish Herbalists is an independent ad hoc group whose task is to promote Irish herbal medicine through the annual event known as HerbFeast. CIH also hopes to foster good relations between all herbalists practicing and training in Ireland.
  • Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations was founded in 1999. FICTA’s member associations come from a wide range of disciplines within the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) sector in Ireland and are committed to raising public awareness of, and promoting the benefits of complementary and alternative therapies in all areas of social support and healthcare provision in Ireland. The IRH is a member.
  • American Botanical Council An international hub for herbal information encouraging the responsible use of medicinal plants. Also publishes the journal Herbalgram and the database HerbMedPro. IRH members joining ABC can avail of an extensive membership discount!here
  • Botanical Adulterants Program – An initiative and large-scale program to educate international members of the herbal and dietary supplement industry about ingredient and product adulteration. The program is officially endorsed by the Irish Register of Herbalists.
  • National Botanic Gardens The Gardens and Glasshouses are beautiful but also the National Herbarium at Glasnevin contains a collection of more than half a million dried and documented plant specimens from Ireland and the rest of the world. The collections and associated literature and documentation act as a central repository of information relating to the distribution and taxonomy of the flora of Ireland.
  • Henriette’s Herbal is a fascinating website run by Henriette Kress and is one of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the internet. It includes masses of information, copies of classic herbal works, botanical keys, culinary and medical information, blogs and a forum and is a must for anyone interested in herbal medicine.
  • The Organic Centre: Our aim is to promote organic gardening and sustainable living through training, demonstration and the provision of information. From very humble beginnings in 1995, we have developed our services to include: Demonstration organic gardens with 7 poly-tunnels, an orchard, outdoor gardens, ornamental beds and a woodland. Up to 2000 adults and many children learn the skills of organic gardening through our courses and community gardens every year, and many more are inspired by our work to move to a more organic, sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
  • Biodiversity Ireland The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation that collates, manages and analyses and disseminates data on Ireland’s biodiversity.
  • The Irish Seed Savers Association exists as a living testimony to the richness and wealth of the agricultural legacy of our ancestors. Irish Seed Savers Association was founded by Anita Hayes in 1991. Our main objective is the conservation of Ireland’s very special and threatened plant genetic resources. Our work focuses on the preservation of heritage varieties from all over the world that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions.
  • Alliance for Natural Health International is an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. ANH-Intl campaigns across a wide range of fields, including for freedom of choice and the use of micronutrients and herbal products in healthcare. It also operates campaigns that aim to restrict mass fluoridation of water supplies and the use of genetically modified foods. Through its work particularly in Europe and the USA, the ANH-Intl works to accomplish its mission through its unique application of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’.
  • Botanical.com offers free access to one of the great historical herbals. Mrs Grives’ Modern Herbal continues to be one of the most popular resources for herbal information. Written in the early part of the last century (1931), the advice remains both timely and scholarly. A great read, steeped in mythology!
  • Wildflowers of Ireland – Fáilte and Welcome to a personal record of the wildflowers of Ireland. This is a website containing my own photographs  of the Irish wildflowers which over the years I have come across and recorded. I have arranged them in a few different ways, by name – English, Latin or Irish – and if you’re not sure of the Irish wildflower’s name, try searching for it by colour. A beautiful site!
  • Health Products Regulatory Authority (formerly Irish Medicines Board). Herbal medicinal products have become popular for self medication in the treatment of minor medical conditions. The growing public demand for herbal medicinal products and the associated increase in their use is evident. Effective regulation of herbal medicinal products is considered necessary in order to ensure that safe products of appropriate quality continue to be available in pharmacies, health food stores and other retail outlets.
  • Irish Healing is a website with news of the latest advances in natural healing from at home and across the world. Our aim is to bring you news of the most up-to-date developments in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and all forms of natural healing.
  • Irish Wild Flowers:Welcome to Irish Wildflowers, with photographs and details of over 800 native and introduced wildflowers found in Ireland. This website also has an index of what native plants are currently flowering now.
  • Flora of Northern Ireland: This site provides a comprehensive list of species and notes on conservation status, including images and information on habitat. There is a list of protected species and contact lists for recording sightings.
  • Plants For A Future A charitable company, originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, where they carried out research and provided information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate. Over time they planted 1500 species of edible plants on ‘The Field’ in Cornwall, which was their base since 1989. Over ten years ago, Ken began compiling a database, which currently consists of approximately 7000 species of plants.
  • EuroMed Plant Base provides an on-line database and information system for the vascular plants of Europe and the Mediterranean region, against an up-to-date and critically evaluated consensus taxonomic core of the species concerned. After several years of planning, the project is now firmly underway. The first stage of the project (referred to as Phase One) has been financed for three years by the European Union under Framework V.
  • American Herbalist’s Guild – The role of the AHG is to honour diversity in herbal medicine, ranging from traditional indigenous models of herbal medicine to modern clinical phytotherapy and to strengthen the network of support and communication between herbal practitioners nationally and internationally.
  • The Lloyd Library – The Mission of the Lloyd Library and Museum, as set out in the Articles of Incorporation, is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the general public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.
  • Phytochemical Databases – Massive database on plant chemistry compiled by Dr James Duke describing constituents and activity as well as ethnobotanical uses. On of the most comprehensive databases on plant phytochemistry on the web and highly recommend for research.
  • HerbsHealing is the website of the renowned herbalist Susan Weed and contains over 4000 pages of Complimentary Integrative Health Resources for Women & Men, Susan Weed, herbalist and author of women’s health books invites you to discover the Wise Women Tradition, and much more! 
  • BluHerbal – A directory dedicated to finding a local herbal practitioner, though some of those listed may not belong to a professional association. The Department of Health recommends that the public ask if a practitioner is a member of a professional association. Also features practitioner stock-swap and an occasional newsletter.
  • Michael Moore – One of the best herbal websites ever – many rare books from the Eclectic and Physiomedical traditions are here for download along with thousands of articles, plant pictures and much else from the South West School of Botanical Medicine, the legacy of the late, great Michael Moore.
  • Herbalistes sans Frontières – An international network of medical plant professionals encouraging communication and the development of international projects. The HSF journal features articles from IRH members. Currently on hiatus, their website is under construction but they have a very active facebook page.
  • Veriditas HibernicaVeriditas Hibernica is about finding ourselves again through reconnecting with our teachers – the trees and the plants… Veriditas Hibernica is about how we restore and reclaim our proper place in nature. Packed with practical information!

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