I am a Medical Herbalist and a Nurse with 20 years of hospital nursing experience. I have worked in many different specialities during this time.
I have completed a 4 year diploma in Phyto-therapy (Herbal Medicine) at the School of Phytotherapy in Sussex. This involved a thorough Medical training, the study of hundreds of medicinal plants: modern and traditional applications, preparation and application and we also learn about orthodox medicines and potential interactions. We must also complete 500 hours of supervised clinical practice.This course is now a BSc.
I have been practising as a herbalist for 16 years. I have experience in treating a wide range of medical conditions. I am an NHS trained Cessation of Smoking practitioner and have trained as a Buteyko Breathing Practitioner. My continuing professional development includes attending regular seminars on Endobiogenic medicine with Dr Jean Claude Lapraz and I am working towards a Diploma in Human Givens psychotherapy.
I have professional indemnity insurance as a Medical Herbalist with Balens insurance company.
I do regular herb walks, talks and teaching about herbal medicine.
I am passionate about local plants for local people and I am self-sufficient in all the raw materials I require to produce all the herbs and tinctures I use in my dispensary. I also have bee hives for beeswax, propolis and honey.
I wrote Herbal Journal Desk Diary for Pomegranate publishing in the US for 5 years and Wild Drugs – A Foragers Guide to Medicinal Plants for Gaia 2010.