Welcome to Irish Herbal Roots

Welcome to Irish Herbal Roots.    Tel: 087 7531023

My name is Lisa Guinan and I am the creator of Irish Herbal Roots. I am a fully qualified Naturopathic Herbalist, registered with The Irish register of Herbalists and in practice since 2008. I teach people all about the many wonderful medicinal plants, flowers and trees that grow locally and abundantly here in Ireland. I give practical step by step workshops showing people how to harvest these plants and transform them into beautiful yet highly effective remedies for treating everyday health issues such as coughs, colds and indigestion. I also do private clinics where I educate, encourage and advise people on how they can best achieve the quality of health that they desire. Herbs of course, are a big part of the treatment plan!


Using Plants for Health and wellbeing.
Until the mid 1900s, harvesting Wild herbs and plants for medicine was an essential part of life for every culture on earth. Ireland too enjoyed a rich traditional culture and many folk still fondly remember the local cures and remedies which they grew up with, shown to them by their mother or grandmother in far off dreamy days when people worked closely with the land and appreciated a simpler life. Now, almost a hundred years later and a hundred years wiser, many people are beginning to reflect and seriously question whether in fact we acted a little too hastily when we dropped our inherited wisdom of plant knowledge and our traditional skills of medicine making. In hindsight it is becoming apparent that there has been a consistent void, an empty space in the heart of our culture, a space once shared by both man and nature, that resulted in healing. Maybe we need to re visit this area and see exactly what it was that we let go of and see if we wish to continue letting go of it….

cropped-Yarrow.jpgBenefits of harvesting Wild herbs and plants for medicine

It is absolutely great fun. If you have childhood memories of running though the fields, picking wildflowers, collecting berries and chestnuts or searching for some hidden treasures in nature, then you have an idea of the kind of carefree spirit that tends to come out of us when we embark upon the journey of plant foraging.

  • It is now a well proven fact that spending time in Nature is a great way to calm the nervous system and reduce stress levels.

It brings Nature alive and creates a bond which naturally leads us to a place of respect and caring for out environment.


Benefits of making herbal remedies

  • This is a creative process that is very relaxing and extremely rewarding. If you enjoy cooking, gardening or art and craft, then chances are that you’ll love every minute of herbal medicine making.
  • Once you learn the basic skills, you can continue to use them over and over again, making a constant supply of natural medicines at a very low cost to you.


Benefits of using herbal remedies

Plants are generally extremely safe and have a place in the home for everyday health care. All those times when you are not quite sick enough to go to the doctor and yet you feel you need something. Herbal remedies are that ‘something’. Once you learn the basics, you can feel confident in using them at home to treat everyday common health issues.

  • They are fantastic resources to have on hand when dealing with the knocks and tumbles of childhood years. Having a herbal first aid kit means that you are ready and prepared for every scrape, bang and bruise that comes your way. Pharmaceutical medicine has never been able to replace the healing actions of herbs that will help close a cut or soothe a burn, bringing relief as well as healing.


  • Winter tonics, Immune tonics, lung tonics, kidney tonics……a tonic is a medicine that will strengthen a particular aspect of your health by supporting that organ or system. Herbs make absolutely fantastic tonics that are preventative medicine at its best. If you suffer from low immunity, you take an immune tonic. If you are prone to winter chest infections, you take a lung tonic at the start of winter. This approach makes sense and natural medicine  excels in this area.


  • Wild herbs and plants are full of natural goodies that are gentle and kind to your skin which means that they make wonderful natural cosmetics.


Benefits of a one on one consultation

  • A one on one consultation is an opportunity to review your health status in depth. Time is taken to look into all body systems as well as mood and energy levels in order to find the common threads that lead to the root of the issues and to work with them to achieve permanent and lasting results.
  • There are no side effects, except for good ones like generally feeling better, looking better and stuff like that.
  • The focus of a Herbalist is ‘Health’. What I mean by this is that you do not have to be sick or have a medical diagnosis to see a Herbalist. Herbs, especially when supported with dietary and lifestyle changes can give you a new lease of life by increasing your energy levels and stabilizing your mood.

Please click the ‘Herbal and Naturopathic Consultation’ tab above for more information.

For details of upcoming workshops on The Art of Natural Medicine making, please click the ‘workshops and events’ tab above. if you would like to go on the mailing list to be notified of upcoming events, please send a confirmation email to info@irishherbalroots.ie  

If you would like to follow my photographic record of local Wild flowers and plants as they come into season, then please check out the links below, which lead you to my facebook page ‘Lisa Guinan, Herbalist’. If you ‘like’ my page, you will receive the updates on facebook as they are posted. Enjoy your viewing, Lisa 

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Saturday morning Meditation at Orchard Wellness Centre, Ennis. 4 weeks only. 10am - 10.40am. Only 5e a session. You need to let me know if you wish to come. This is a guided meditation with a focus on the energetic field of the body. Facilitator: Lisa Guinan, Herbalist/Naturopath. Dip Nat, Dip Herb, MIRH. About me: I have been committed to my own daily meditation practice for the last 5 years and have been facilitating a meditation group on a regular basis for 3 years. The difference it has made to my life is vast. The world is the same (kind of) but I see and cope with it very differently. I’m not saying I get it right all the time (far from it!) but meditation allows me to get it right more and more and to be ok with when i get it wrong. It also gives me more space inside of myself, more freedom and lots more peace. This meditation is open to everyone and all are welcome <3

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New arrivals on the hedgerows - yaeey - Cleavers, Pilewort (Lesser Celandine), Nettle and a weather beaten Dandelion. Fair play to them! ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you ready to make some positive changes in your life?
Are you tired of the 'same old, same old' and ready to embrace better energy, better health, better wellbeing? Are you ready to heal your body and start supporting it so that it can support you? Would you like some advice about how best to do this as well as encouragement to help you along the way?
Herbal/Naturopathic Consultations now available on Saturdays at Orchard Wellness Centre, Ennis. Also available week days near Lahinch. More information can be found here: irishherbalroots.ie/personal-consultation/
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I spotted them straight away - the first moment I opened my curtains - the little white dots in the grass. aaahh, the daises have arrived! ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting to spot more Gorse Flowers in the hedgerows now. There is an old Irish saying "When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion" - you could probably find a gorse bloom somewhere in the country at any time of year but they definitely go quieter in the winter time and I always notice them as being the first show of colour to hit the countryside in early spring. I have never used this plant medicinally but the flowers are edible in modest amounts and they have a traditional reputation in the treatment of diarrhoea, Jaundice and scarlet fever. And then of course there is Gorse Wine and the Gorse flower essence which is used in situations of hopelessness - for those who have suffered much and lost the heart to try anymore. ... See MoreSee Less

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