Mrs Jean Erskine filtering a herbal tincture to remove the plant residue in the 1950s
The original recipe in Duncan Napier's handwriting for his Rosemary Hair Tonic
From humble beginnings in 1860, Napiers has grown over the last 150 plus years, to become one of the oldest natural healthcare and herbal medicine companies in Britain.
Today, we sell our natural products - all proudly made in Britain - all over the world. We are an independent company, owned by people who are passionate about what we do and we proudly continue our founder Duncan Napier's dream "to provide an affordable choice of natural health care for all people".
Our natural ranges include:
- Natural therapeutic skin care
- Botanical beauty
- Herbal medicines
- Plant supplements
- Digestifs and bitters
- Teas and superfoods
While we are small, nevertheless science and safety are crucial to us. We are probably the smallest company in Britain to hold THR herbal medicine licences and run pharmaceutical-grade distribution and pharmacovigilance systems, inspected by the MHRA regulatory agency. Yet we remain true to our past, developing combination herb formulas (known as the tonic herb principle) to treat the whole person and the whole body. We also make many of our medicines at traditional practitioner-strength dose levels. These principles have been the mainstay of British herbal medicine, distinct from European herbal medicine, and more akin to that practiced in the US.
We continue to provide many herbal food supplements. Blend of tinctures that support your diet to help you stay healthy in today's challenging and often stressful environment. The key to good health is prevention and we believe that herbs are essential both as food and as medicine ~ often the only difference is in the dose.
Our mottos is TRIED • TESTED • TRUSTED and we live this daily. Our remedies have been tried by generations of people, who have tested them and return to us decade after decade, who have trusted us and who still do.
Over the last 152 years, Napiers has become one of the UK's leading names in complementary and natural health care. We are dedicated to the best of health and wellbeing through the use of herbal medicine and other natural therapies.
Napiers accredited practitioners are qualified and members of their practice associations such as NIMH (The National Association of Medical Herbalists).
Our herbal products are second to none. We produce a range of tried, tested, trusted herbal medicines and therapeutic skin creams. All our products are tested in clinics and used by herbalists. Napiers products have been available in many parts of the world since 1890.
Until 2005 we manufactured many of Mr Napiers' formulas and tonics on site, using traditional methods. However, in 2005 we transferred our manufacturing to licensed factories where they are made to modern standards. All our manufacturing is done in the UK and we also source our herbs primarily from farms in the UK, with some coming from Europe and the USA. We run a pharmacovigilance system and aim for the highest standards in both our scientific understanding of herbal medicine as well as our commitment to clinical excellence.
John Napier blending tinctures in 1950
In 2007, Monica Wilde took on the new challenges of licensing our Napiers medicines and expanding the market for them. In 2008, we acquired a portfolio of traditional PL licences from Rickard Lane's in Plymouth, Potters and other Victorian herbalists that closely matched Napiers traditional formulas. Since then we have been busy updating these and converting them to the new THR licensing scheme. Duncan Napiers' wish was "to provide a safe and affordable alternative choice to chemical medicine"and we are committed to keeping a range of over-the-counter herbal medicines available to customers, as well as a choice of consultations with our medical herbalists who prescribe individual medicines made up in our dispensaries.
Monica Wilde runs the mailorder and wholesale activities, including the advice line, a herbal research program and safety, quality and pharmacovigilance. We have a WDL Licence from the MHRA and are committed to keeping Napiers traditional medicines available as over the counter remedies.
Dee Atkinson MNIMH runs the Napiers Edinburgh Clinic, working with other practitioners to provide excellence in alternative choices of healthcare. Between the Napiers Edinburgh, and Napiers Glasgow, run by Irene McCabe, between 22,000 and 23,000 patients visit every year for a wide range of complaints and problems.
Napiers the Herbalists, now supplies Napiers herbal products to several hundred health stores and independent pharmacies in the UK. We also export to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, Scandinavia and many other countries. We also supply the "original formulas" to Belif, the natural beauty brand from South Korea.
If you would like to read more about the history of Napiers, you can purchase the book 'Napiers History of Herbal Healing; Ancient & Modern' by the late Tom Atkinson.
For more details of the therapies offered in the clinics click here.
To buy our products click here or call us on 0845 002 1860
Duncan Napier, founder of Napiers the Herbalists
The old dispensary established
25 May 1860
We first started exporting in 1885 - sending tapeworm remedy to the United States
An advert for Box's Pills from 1937. We still have the licence for these today.
Nerve Debility Tonic ~ for the stresses and strains of modern day living!