Seán Boylan is a traditional herbalist practicing at Edenmore, Dunboyne. The art and science of the traditional herbalists within the Boylan family can be traced as far back as the 15th century. Each generation has fostered the knowledge of their ancestors, but adapted successfully to the needs of the clients in the times they live in.
Dunboyne Herbs is a multi-disciplinary clinic primarily treating through herbalism, but also incorporating other therapies such as massage. Our standard of care is of the utmost importance to us. We strive to provide service of the highest quality to each individual client.
Meet our Practitioners
Seán BoylanDirector and Traditional Herbalist
As Director and Traditional Herbalist, Seán Boylan’s international reputation as traditional herbalist stems from his life-long apprenticeship to the clinic. Coming from seven generations of traditional herbalists, Seán’s knowledge and clinic were initially nurtured under the tutelage of his late father. Having grown up in an environment where the sick and ailing were seen in the family home weekly, trying to help people from across Ireland presenting at Edenmore for relief or help from their ailments has been part of Seán’s life from an early age, and Seán represents his father’s life’s experience.
Over the years Seán has honed his innate clinic skills to become a leader in his field. Dunboyne Herbal Clinic was borne from this strong love of herbalism and his foresight to integrate modern treatments to help clients attain a better quality of life. Seán has personally hand-picked and built a strong team around him to ensure these methods and skills are available to everyone attending the clinic.
Aspiring to continually evolve the highest standards of traditional herbalism available in Ireland, he now devotes his time to clinical collaboration and teaching to ensure the best possible service to clients attending Dunboyne Herbs.
Martin ReganTraditional Herbalist, Sports Remedial Therapy & Western Acupuncture
Martin has worked over 25 years in herbal remedies and treatments at Dunboyne Herbs. His experience spans across each stage of the clinic’s journey as it evolved to incorporate modern treatments.
In addition to general practice, Martin also specialises in sports remedial diagnosis and treatment. He has worked closely with prestigious sporting organisations such as the Irish Rugby team, the GAA International Rules squad, along with both Meath and Cavan county teams. Martin is skilled in working with soft tissue issues, improving weaknesses in muscles and soft tissues during training periods, and aiding their recovery.
Martin is also a ‘Western Acupuncturist’ and is currently studying Acupuncture at The Chinese Foundation (Ireland), Marino College, Dublin.
Kate RattiganTraditional Herbalist, Reflexology, Life & Well-Being Practitioner
Catherine has over 20 years first-hand experience and insights when treating her clients.
Having trained as a nurse in the UK in addition to her traditional herbalist training, combined with her qualification as a reflexologist. The mix of traditional herbalism and Reflexology allows Catherine to help with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Glandular ailments, Diabetes, Menopausal and Thyroid issues.
Catherine is also our ‘Well-Being’ specialist helping clients to optimising quality of life through the reduction of Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia. Catherine also works with children who suffer from Colic and Reflux.
Niamh GuyTraditional Herbalist, Sports and Remedial Specialist & Western Acupuncture
Niamh has over 10 year’s experience as a Traditional Herbalist. Prior to this, Niamh qualified as a Physical Therapist at University Of Limerick.
Niamh dedicates much of her time to general practice, but also specialises in sports remedial diagnosis and treatment for clients who enjoy both recreational exercise and competitive sports alike.
Niamh has competed at a high level in sport (winner of three Junior Camogie Leinster medals and one All-Ireland medal) & has first-hand experience of the demands competing places on the human body.
Niamh is also trained in Western Acupuncture and a Community First Responder.
Our Foundation Herbs
Many of these foundation herbs can be traced back to the 15th Century within the Boylan family. The knowledge and expertise of using these herbs has been passed from generation to generation.
Today, we integrate the benefits of these traditional foundation herbs into our modern clinic and complement them with Western treatment methods to improve overall health and well-being. Learn about our seven foundation herbs below:
Aphanes Arvensis/Parsley Piert
Aphanes Arvensis/Parsley Piert
Aphanes Arvensis is a small and delicate plant native to Europe, Northern America and Western Asia.
Arctium Lappa has been used by medicinal herbalists worldwide for thousands of years. It is renowned for being an antioxidant powerhouse used to treat a variety of conditions and ailments. A thistle-like herb, the plant roots are packed with minerals.
Also known as Black Knapweed or Blackhead, Centaurea Nigra is a thistle-like wildflower commonly found across Ireland and the UK. It blooms from June to September with the flower’s high nectar yield attracting swarms of butterflies.
Also known as Leucanthemum Vulgare, the Ox-Eye-Daisy is a tall daisy-like flower, it can be found in wild flower gardens and meadows across Ireland.
Equisetum’s thin green leaves descend from the Equisetaceae family, dating back to prehistoric times.
A herb that is commonplace in the Irish countryside.
Mullein is a beautiful golden blossom which can grow up to eight feet tall within the first two years of being planted. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and is noted for its use by Native American indigenous healers.
Traditional Herbs Explained
If you are considering Traditional Herbs to address a health issue, we understand it may initially feel like a minefield of new terms and you may have lots of questions. In order to help, we have developed FAQ’s with simplified explanations.
What is a Traditional Herbalist?
Anyone can forage for various herbs, spices or plants and research how they benefit the human body. However, it is important to differentiate between this and attending a traditional herbalist.
A traditional herbalist will have extensive experience in their field, garnering knowledge and expertise across a variety of health conditions. Practitioners will take a holistic approach to your health, assessing and treating the underlying cause of any health concerns you may have instead of simply treating the symptoms you are experiencing.
A full overview of your health and any current medication recommended by your GP will need to be reviewed by a traditional herbalist before you begin a treatment plan.
Why Use Traditional Herbs?
Herbs have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties to heal the mind and body. At Dunboyne Herbs, our personalised client recommendations are based upon the experience of five generations of the Boylan family.
What is a tincture?
The word ‘tincture’ is a term you will frequently hear in the world of Traditional Herbs. A tincture is a liquid solution used to treat a variety of health concerns. Active ingredients of a specific plants or herb are extracted using either alcohol or glycerin, resulting in your recommended tincture.
Why Dunboyne Herbs?
Our knowledge of the benefits herbs bring to the human body spans over five generations of the Boylan family at Edenmore, Dunboyne. Clients have travelled from far and wide over the years to attend consultations and purchase tinctures. This trust and experience has laid the foundation for our highly-regarded multi-disciplinary practice today. Our team are experts in the field of traditional herbalism and each have honed their skill under the tutelage of Seán. Dunboyne Herbs strive to provide the highest quality service and best experience for each of our clients. Our goal is to improve your quality of life
What can I expect at my consultation?
We advise to wear suitable attire such as loose, comfortable clothing. Upon arrival at reception, you will be asked to sign a disclaimer form in our reception relating to COVID-19.
During your consultation, the practitioner will review your current health status and take notes on the following: Discuss your lifestyle, family history, diet, symptoms and any medication you may be taking as recommended by your GP.
These notes, which are held on our client database, will enable the practitioner to build a complete picture of your health and recommend an individualised course of herbs that will best suit your needs.
It is essential your practitioner has a full overview of your goals and underlying symptoms to enable us to recommend the correct herbs to best suit your body and kick-start your road to better health.
Martin is an exceptional masseur who has worked at the highest levels of sport and in particular with the Irish Rugby Team. His experience and knowledge in the field of massage is second to none.
I have known ‘Mocky’ (Martin) for over 15 years and he is a top class sport’s
masseur. His knowledge of how the body trains, recovers and operates is second to none. We have worked together with the senior Irish rugby
team, the Irish international rules team, world champion boxer Bernard
Dunne and many other sports people. The attention to detail and
professionalism Mocky brings to any role he is engaged with is
outstanding. I now consider him not only an excellent professional but
also a trustworthy good friend.
Seán Boylan has a true gift. He is a natural healer. His knowledge of the inner workings of the human body and herbal medicine is second to none. This knowledge is also evident in Niamh and the team. My visits to Dunboyne Herbs are always pleasant with a warm atmosphere.
I have been a client at Dunboyne Herbs for almost twenty years now, both for recovery from sporting injuries and to help enhance and maintain optimal health and vitality in everyday life. Seán and the team’s intent to put their clients first has always shone through.
I am the third generation of my family to attend Dunboyne Herbs. As a footballer, Seán has treated me from sprains and strains, to fractures and even Glandular Fever. Seán has always got me back on the road to recovery. His expertise is based on hundreds of years of scientific knowledge and clinical experience. The contribution of Dunboyne Herbs to the health and well-being of my family and friends is something I will always value.
Niamh helped me immensely with a variety of injuries I was struggling with. She looks at the body from a holistic view. Through manipulation of various joints around the body, I felt more fluid and my pain disappeared. After each visit, I went away feeling great. Niamh provided me with essential information on preventing injuries and nutritional guidance to heal the body.
I am currently being treated for a thyroid problem. With Kate’s reflexology and expert advice on herbs, I am seeing fantastic results. Kate is extremely helpful and informative. I now look forward to my reflexology treatments at Dunboyne Herbs. The results speak for themselves.