Herbs of Boirche, Herbal Workshop, Iridology, Herbal Treatments, Nutritional Advice

Mourne Herbalist

Call: 07894 246 672

Contact: Joan Howard MH Ir RSA


105 Tullybrannigan Road, Newcastle, BT33 0PW

Multiple Locations

Individualised Treatments


In my practice I use primarily Western herbs that are indiginous to the Northern hemisphere, to which we have a natural infinity. Based on a person's symptoms, iris picture and lifestyle, I devise individual formulae for each person in the forms of herbal tinctures, powders,infusions and ointments/oils. 


Iridology is the study of the irides. Dorothy Hall descibes it in her book Iridology as "a comprehensive, practical guide to interpreting your health and personality. Each part of the body is related to a section of the iris, so the eyes can help pinpoint problems and imbalances. Your nutritional pattern, your mental and emotional state record themselves in the iris."


Master herbalists advocate Vitalist nutrition, that means obtaining our nutrition from plant based enzyme rich foods. Heavily processed foods deplete the body of vital nutrients. Living food through enzyme rich vegetable juices, sprouted seeds and grains and raw vegeatables replenish these nutrients.


I believe passionately that people can manage their own health and I run regular workshops to show people how to identify and work with herbs so they can enrich their own health experience. I am a qualified horticulural assesor and verifier and am able to provide certificated training in all aspects of herb growing, harvesting and usage (culinary and medicinal) 

Practice Hours

Tuesday and Thursday clinics in newcastle from 11-5pm

Wednesday in Wholistic Works 105, Cavehill Road from 11-3pm.




What My Clients Say

"I have always been open minded about alternative medicine but it was only in January 2015 that I finally got around to visiting a herbalist for some long standing physical and emotional issues.

Each day of the past 3 months have offered up reminders of how glad I am that I made a visit to 'Herbs of Boirche' and the host, Joan Howard. Her expertise in iridology deduced an overconsumption of protein (in my case this was processed meat, sausages and bacon). Eliminating (one fry in 3 months) these products has brought about a feeling of being healthier and more energised.

My digestion is much better, leading to regular and daily bowel movements which had not been the case for much of the previous year. This has been aided by taking one herbal capsule per day to help with bowel movement.

On the emotional level I now find myself being in a relaxed state for most of the day where previously little things like traffic ...jams would have brought about an increase in stress. Now a daily dose of 5ml from the herbal tincture works to support and strengthen my emotional wellbeing as the herbs in the drink actively assist the organs in my body.

I can say with full confidence that my overall health and wellness (physical and mental) is better now than it ever was prior to 2015" Declan McElroy


"Have been suffering with nerve pain and joint pain. I am now on my second formula, having felt so good following my first treatment. Experiencing a lot less pain and feeling great, with a lot more energy." S.P.


"My horse had been suffering quite severely from tie up. She has just completed her first major competition of the year. She had boundless energy and no recurrence of symptoms." C.McM.


"Have received my herbs and am loving them so much. Thanks Joan, will keep you up to date." S.J. 


"Just want to make a public thank you to my lovely friend Joan Howard the owner of Herbs of Boirche for her invaluable advice and medications. My BP has went from pre-hypertension to normal within 2 DAYS! Anyone on here who has any medical issues whatsoever, this lady is bloody amazing! Simply cannot recommend her highly enough!" L.N.

"I've been taking everything you gave me and following the diet advice for 2 weeks now and the difference is miraculous. I feel so much better, the pain is much much better and I have more energy. Thanks so much. Will be in contact soon to arrange another session." D.McL.

Therapy Categories

  • Herbal Medicine,
  • Iridology,
  • Nutritional Therapy

Call today, Joan may be able to help you with:

  • Acid reflux,
  • Acne,
  • Allergy,
  • Anaemia,
  • Anxiety,
  • Arthritis,
  • Asthma,
  • Back pain,
  • Bladder infections,
  • Bloating,
  • Blocked nose,
  • Blood pressure - high,
  • Blood pressure - low ,
  • Bowel problems,
  • Brittle nails,
  • Bronchitis,
  • Candida,
  • Chest infections,
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • Colds,
  • Colitis,
  • Constipation,
  • Cough,
  • Cravings,
  • Cystitis,
  • Depression,
  • Digestive problems,
  • Diverticulitis,
  • Eczema,
  • Endometriosis,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Flatulence,
  • Flu,
  • Gall stones,
  • General health & wellbeing,
  • Gout,
  • Haemorrhoids,
  • Hay fever,
  • Headache,
  • Heavy periods,
  • Hiatus hernia,
  • High cholesterol,
  • Hormonal problems,
  • Impotence,
  • Indigestion,
  • Infertility,
  • Inflammation,
  • Insomnia,
  • Irritable bowel syndrome,
  • Itchy skin,
  • Joint pain,
  • Kidney disorders,
  • Kidney infections,
  • Low energy,
  • ME,
  • Menopausal problems,
  • Menstrual disorders,
  • Migraine,
  • Mouth ulcers,
  • Nausea,
  • Neck pain,
  • OCD,
  • Osteoarthritis,
  • Osteoporosis,
  • Painful periods,
  • PMT,
  • Prostrate problems,
  • Psoriasis,
  • Restless legs,
  • Reynaud's disease,
  • SAD,
  • Sciatic pain,
  • Sciatica,
  • Shingles,
  • Shoulder pain,
  • Sinusitis,
  • Sinusitis,
  • Skin rash,
  • Sleep problems,
  • Sport's injuries,
  • Stress,
  • Thyroid problems,
  • Tinnitus,
  • Tiredness,
  • Trigeminal neuralgia,
  • Ulcers,
  • Urinary tract infections,
  • Varicose veins,
  • Vertigo

Joan's Therapies:

  • Herbal Medicine,
  • Iridology,
  • Nutritional Therapy

Herbs of Boirche is now Morne  Herbalist

Joan Howard, Master Herbalist Northern Ireland