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The new line of herbal tinctures will be officially launched in the New Year and be available in Boots and Waitrose.
Charles watched the new products rolling off the assembly line today as he toured the factory and laboratories of Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy, a natural healthcare company. The family run firm was founded in 1860 and since then has been supplying over the counter remedies to a growing market.
Andrew Baker, Duchy Original’s chief executive officer, said: ‘Duchy Original’s decision to launch a range of herbal tinctures reflects the Prince’s passion for adopting an integrated approach to healthcare.
‘The range is an exciting development for us and will engender more funds for the Prince’s Charities Foundation to which we are donating all our profits.’ Charles has long been an advocate of using complimentary medicine and natural remedies alongside conventional treatments.
Prince Charles established Duchy Originals in 1990 to promote organic food and farming and has since seen the company produce a wide range of goods from biscuits and snacks to wine and toiletries.
The Prince toured the Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy plant in Wimbledon today without the Duchess of Cornwall who pulled out from the visit suffering from a virus, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.
He was taken on a guided tour of Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy factory by brothers Robert and Patrick Wilson, the firm’s chairman and deputy chairman.
The complete manufacturing process was demonstrated to the Prince, from extracting the active ingredients from flowers, many sourced from the UK, to creating the creams and tinctures and then packaging the finished goods.
The firm’s Rescue Remedy, made from natural ingredients, is used to relieve everyday stress and is its best seller.
The heir to the throne wore a white hat and coat as he toured the pristine factory floor. In the automated packaging part of the plant, the Prince stopped in front of worker Jerome Joseph, 21, handling a machine producing the arnica product, taken internally to treat bruising. The Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy employee said afterwards: ‘He said to me “this stuff is good” so it seems like he must have tried it.’
The final stop was the firm’s research and development department where he was shown its latest product – a face wash and toner made from ingredients including lavender and tea tree oil.
Before the Prince left, he gave a brief speech to friends and supporters of the firm and joked that if his wife had taken more remedies, she might have been able to join him.
He added: ‘For many years I’ve had nothing but admiration for what this company has achieved. In fact, I was brought up with Nelson’s Homeopathic Pharmacy really.
‘When I was very small, I remember so well my grandmother having her wonderful leather pouch with all these homeopathic glass phials in it.
‘It was such a feature of my life and as I got older I became more and more aware of the effectiveness of homeopathy and indeed of complementary medicine generally.’