|Over a century of herbal medicine...
|My father, Lyndsay Shume is a fourth generation
herbalist. The Shume family initially became involved in herbal medicine
in the late 1800’s, when Lyndsay’s Great Aunty, Henrietta Shume, believed
a herbal remedy (supplied by local South African natives) cured her
of a suspected cancerous breast lesion. Henrietta went on to manufacture
and supply this herbal remedy to chemist shops and subsequently formed
the South African Herbal Society.
Both Lyndsay’s grandfather and father carried on the family tradition
of manufacturing herbal medicines. His father, Archie Shume, was a
well known and respected herbalist in Northern New South Wales. These
were hard times, as the Government authorities did not readily accept
Lyndsay gained his early knowledge of herbs by accompanying his father
to collect plants from the fields. Later, he had his practical training
by apprenticeship to his father. Lyndsay was dispensing and practising
before any Australian Herbal Medicine Courses were established. He
also spent time with herbalists Bert Wheeler and Charles Noakes (both
past Presidents of the NHAA) in their practices. He studied herbalism
with N.I.M.H (England) before sitting for the National Herbalists
Association of Australia (NHAA) examination.
Lyndsay attended his first NHAA meeting in 1959 and over the years
has held the positions of Secretary, Examiner and Treasurer. He has
since been honoured with a Life Membership.
In 1988 Lyndsay had the opportunity to expand through the purchase
of the manufacturing and wholesale business of Campbell Pearce & Company
(due to Campbell’s retirement at the age of 80).
Thus . . . The Herbal Extract Company of Australia was born.
Over the past 20 years the corner stone of the business has always
been QUALITY, PRICE & SERVICE, which we still maintain today. We have
seen many changes in the industry, with the implementation of Good
Manufacturing Practice and the new code introduced by the Therapeutics
Although Lyndsay is still involved, the day to day running of the
business is with the fifth generation; Lyndall my sister, Darryl my
husband and myself. We continue to embrace the challenges of the industry
and remain committed to supplying high quality herbal medicines.
Thank you to all the practitioners who have supported us over the
years. We will continue to strive to bring you the highest quality
herbal extracts and outstanding personal customer service.