Dose up on natural health
WHEN Trish Clough founded Traditional Medicinals - Herbal Dispensary in 1993 it was all about demystifying herbal medicine and bringing it to the street.
"I wanted to make herbal medicines more affordable and accessible," she said.
Ms Clough opened her clinic in the Star Court Arcade and moved to the Keen St location in 1995.
She started as fully qualified herbalist in the 1970s.
"Back then the only access to a herbalist was by appointment and the clinics were a bit obscure," she said.
"We were the first herbalist in Lismore to offer walk-in consultation and dispensary where you could get a one-on-one consultation with a herbalist."
She recognised people on the North Coast were more likely to be interested in alternative types of health care.
"It has therefore been a solid business from day one, we have a lot of really loyal customers," she said.
"Many of my current customers are people I treated when they were small children.
"They often remember the horrible tasting mixture that they took when they were little that worked so well for them."
Ms Clough also respects and will often work in conjunction with mainstream medicine.
"We work in concert with traditional medicine, I will often refer a customer for a medical assessment before recommending a herbal remedy," she said.
Traditional Medicinals has also recently begun marketing a range of skin care products.
Many of the skin care products include the Kakadu Plum, an Australian native plant used by indigenous people that is high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
"People want chemical-free products for their skin as well," she said.
After 20 years in business Ms Clough is looking to retire and is seeking a buyer for this venerable Lismore business.
Ms Clough was keen to point out that any potential new owner would not have to be a qualified herbalist.