A bit about Wild Dispensary
Wild Dispensary is a Dunedin based company passionate about making herbal remedies and formulations using wild and New Zealand native herbs. All of our products are 100% natural, herbalist formulated and small batch made right here in Dunedin.
We harvest almost all our plants and herbs in Otago, from the foothills of the Southern Alps to the dry mountains of Central Otago. We are passionate about making herbal remedies that support people's health.
A bit about us
We are just like you. We have families, we work, we enjoy life. We want to you to know how to help the most important people in your life.
But most importantly we are people that want to share what is awesome about what we know. Plants.
We are so lucky to be surrounded by our own wild dispensary. The co –founders of Wild Dispensary are a passionate bunch from Dunedin, who love being amongst New Zealand’s outdoors, from the coast to the mountains and all the wild spaces in-between.
A dispensary is a place where something is dispensed, especially medicines, and we only have to look in the wild places around us to find medicinal plants and herbs. From the mountains in Central Otago to the plants in our backyard.
Co-founder Ruth Vaughan is passionate about sustainable business with a background in native plants and Environmental Science. Ruth looks after the operations, sales and the administration side of running Wild Dispensary. You will see her running the Market stalls most Saturdays.
Skye Macfarlane is our Naturopath and Medical herbalist. She has worked in Health education for the last five years and continues her own practice. She is our chief formulator and educator. She also grows organic medical herbs and greens with her Husband Jed, on their block of land - Mihiwaka Vern Paddock.
Co- founder Gerald Davies comes from a diverse background from chefing, to landscaping and now business management and consulting. The three of us get around the table together and ensure that our small business is growing to be the best it can be for you- our customers.
We think things are better in a team and love working together.
We are Dunedin proud and being in Dunedin gives us such great access to the amazing plants we use in our awesome formulas. Yes we wild craft our ingredients, but we do so sustainably.
Our products are formulated by a medical herbalist, but designed for you and your family. Compliance, safety, and efficacy is the utmost importance to us.
The core of who we are at Wild Dispensary is about sourcing high quality, potent ingredients to create the best products we can. Our ingredients are carefully selected and sustainably harvested, and vertified organic and locally grown where feasible.
Beyond producing high quality, potent and pure herbal medicine and formulations, our core values as a business are to genuinely commit to having a sustainable business ethos. This includes factoring in social and environmental factors into the way we do things.
From initiating a bottle re-use scheme locally, to carrying out waste audits after production, working around the young people in our families and supporting a pretty great local charity- The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
We know our customers care about their health and the health of the environment around them. So we are happy to announce a partnership between Wild Dispensary and the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
Plastic pollution and the waste crisis we all face means we all need to do a little more towards positive change for our planet and the species in it... Up to 80% of the native species in New Zealand are now under threat of extinction, as well as many of their habitats been degraded and polluted. Re-use of packaging is one way towards positive change.
We really want to encourage re-use of our durable glass bottles so for every bottle returned to any of our Dunedin suppliers or to us at the Otago Farmers Market we will donate $1 to the Wildlife Hospital.
The Wildlife Hospital, Dunedin, is a voluntary veterinary facility specialising exclusively in the treatment of New Zealand’s native species.
Their services include receiving sick and injured animals, diagnosis and triage, treatment, hospitalisation and recovery, and working to ensure successful rehabilitation and release back to the native environment.
Alongside encouraging re-use of our bottles we actively pursue waste minimisation in our whole production process such as composting all of our herb waste and maximising recycling. Our dispatch packaging for retail and wholesale is completely recyclable and plastic free. And you can rely on us to keep committing to further steps towards positive change.