Medical Herbalist

Contact: For Talks, Herbal Walks and Consultations/Advice. Telephone: St. Austell (01726) 61733 Mob: 07964318057 Email:

Hi, My name is Carolyn Svarc, I am a consultant Medical Herbalist. After studying at Lincoln University for four years, obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree, I started practicing in 2008.

From that time, I was also the owner of Gaia Wholefoods in Lincoln Central Market, combining both disciplines, advising customers and patients on diet and healthy eating. Selling the business and house and moving with my husband to St. Austell, Cornwall in 2014.

I am a registered member of the ‘National Institute of Medical Herbalists.’ I have four grown up children, and grandchildren. Karl, my husband is a gifted and talented musician, guitar tutor, singer/songwriter and poet; but you already know that, because you have seen his webpage.

Herbal medicine has led me on a path of self discovery and learning, helping me to fully appreciate the web of life we are all connected to. Treating patients with herbs is an ‘holistic’ discipline, working on the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Always seeking balance. The World Health Organization’s definition of Health: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, emotional, mental and social well being and not just merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

As a herbalist I work in partnership with my patient, looking at every aspect of that person, in order to achieve the desired result. Looking beyond the obvious to find the root cause of the problem, helping the body to correct imbalances and heal itself.


Plants provide the essentials of life - food, shelter, clothing, fuel, and medicine. For most of the worlds population, plant medicine is still mainstream medicine. Today, more and more people in the ‘western’ world are looking at ways in which plants can help them and offer them an alternative to ‘allopathic’ or modern medicine.

People of all ages, can benefit from herbal medicine, and it is appropriate for most of the conditions for which you would visit your GP. Patients who are taking prescription medication, would be given herbs which would not interact with other medications.

What Happens in a Consultation?

The first consultation lasts for around an hour and includes detailed questions: Presiding Complaint Detailed account of all the systems of the body. Any other medication you are taking, including supplements, and orthodox tests and treatment. Diet, family history, allergies, pregnancies, hospitalizations. Lifestyle and nutritional advice. Blood pressure and pulse monitoring.

A prescription may be a tincture, which is a blend of herbal extracts in an alcohol/water base, or a tea. For external use, creams, or ointments may also be used. A follow up consultation, (around half and hour) after two weeks. Then usually each month, depending on the presiding complaint.


‘Carolyn Svarc, was a great help to me with her holistic approach and she always showed great empathy and understanding. I always found her to be very thorough and knowledgeable.’


‘From your first consultation, you slowly took me through a journey to improve my life. I am now more positive and balanced in my everyday life and activities. I’ve survived and shall succeed.’