The history of mankind’s use of herbs dates back to the earliest records in existence, and until recently it was the knowledge of the properties of herbs which made or kept people healthy, freshened their homes and made their meals more palatable and interesting.

During the past 100 years, much of the knowledge about the many uses of herbs has been lost or temporarily superseded by the substitution of synthetically prepared drugs. One of the first people to realise that herbal remedies and products should be available to the public was Mrs Hilda Leyel, who from 1916 onwards devoted herself to herbal research. She also practised herbal medicine and wrote numerous books and articles on herbs and cooking.