The Broadstairs Herbal Apothecary was founded by Patina Blakeney, a
Herbalist and Iridologist who wanted to share her knowledge of herbs and
all her favourite products she's used over the years. Patina thought
there was a lack of 'real' herb shops in England and that herbs should
be on show especially as England has the most wonderful and ancient
herbal tradition which is in danger of being forgotten. She feels you
should be able to "see" the herbs on display like in the old days, and
not have them fashioned in pill form. And, they should be sold by
someone who knows about them! Patina wanted to see people take more
control of their own health and enjoy such 'colourful and alive'
Patina gained her Diploma of Botanic Medicine (with High
Distinctions) in Sydney, Australia at the Australasian College of
Natural Therapies in 1997.
Not being satisfied with the academic side, Patina has worked in
retail and on several herb farms in England and Australia because "you
can't really know the herbs unless you work with them at ground level".
Patina has manufactured many of her own tinctures. She has completed
volunteer work for Greenpeace and Bushcare; several radio broadcasts for
Iridology which were "rewarding"; and had several written pieces