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Phil Walsh of Wild Herb Elixirs in her herb garden in North County Wexford beside a Mallow plant.

Phil Walsh of Wild Herb Elixirs in her herb garden in North County Wexford beside a Mallow plant.

Product from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

Product from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

Product from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

Product from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

Herbal Eye Pillows from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

Herbal Eye Pillows from the Wild Herb Elixirs range.

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Phil Walsh of Wild Herb Elixirs in her herb garden in North County Wexford beside a Mallow plant.

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North Wexford company Wild Herb Elixirs is starting to make its mark in the wellness marketplace in Ireland, with the company having been founded in 2017 by Phil Walsh. A trained herbalist and reiki master, she decided to channel her love of the power of herbs and nature to create a brand that has become synonymous with healing.

"I have been a traditional herbalist for many years. I always made my own remedies from the hedgerows and garden having a deep interest in the amazing healing power of plants,” she said.

While Wild Herb Elixirs has been in operation since 2017, Phil said the genesis for the business came about over 25 years ago while she completed two years at the then Waterford Regional Technical College (now South East Technological University) in Heritage and Countryside.

“This really introduced me to recognise the plants and trees we see in our hedgerows and countryside.”

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Phil obtained a diploma as an herbalist in 2015 and went on to obtain a Higher Diploma in Herbalism in 2018.

Currently, she is nearing completion of a second-year apprenticeship with The School of Plant Medicine.

“I am also studying for a diploma in Nutrition at the moment and really enjoying it.”

Using her knowledge of herbalism, Phil has created products such as elixirs, soaps and remedies that can be purchased either online via the Wild Herb Elixirs website or in healthfood shops and pharmacies. 

“The Multipurpose Balm, which is infused with the healing herbs Calendula, Lavender and Rose petals and essential oils, is used for skin problems, from eczema, psoriasis, dry itchy skin and so much more. Most people say they use it for everything from a bee sting to athletes’ foot – the list is endless."

Another product, called Balsam Warming Rub, is a balm that Phil said can used to massage any aches and pains, muscle and joints. It’s infused with the herbs Comfrey (known as Knit bone) Sage, Peppermint and Rosemary, which she said are all anti-inflammatory, as well as being essential oils.

In addition, Phil makes Goats’ milk soap, Herbal eye pillows and Lavender room spray.

Having become a Reiki Master in 2014, Phil said she infuses each balm with Reiki healing.

“I learned the art of yoga many years ago which I have practiced since. When my children were very young, I brought many of the ideas from yoga into their lives from how to handle stressful situations through breathing techniques to a bedtime relaxation time to help them relax and have a good night’s sleep.”

Over the past few years, Phil has been working hard on building up her herb garden. 

“I think everyone should know more about our native plants we have available to us, how to identify them and know how to use them.

“I intend to run some workshops where I will have plants with identification and uses to help people start their own herb garden and also to get to know and identify our common hedgerow growth.

“I am very excited about this as I think it will give people more a sense of how people managed to make and fill their own medicine cabinet in years gone by.”

And her advice for those who may be thinking of going down the entrepreneurial route?

“When I started my business, I got so much advice and help from my Local Enterprise Office that I would strongly advise anyone interested in starting their own business to go for it. There is so much help available. Contact your local Enterprise Office and you will get all the help you need to get started.”

See www.wildherbelixirs.com.


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