As a child, I would make medicine for my teddy bears from flower petals and water, essentially creating flower essences, although at the time I didn’t realise what these were. I loved sitting next to my grandmother, looking through a copy of Culpepper’s British Herbal, that belonged to her grandfather in the late in 1800’s. It amazed me even then those herbs had medicinal properties. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when my grandmother gave me the book that I felt a strong calling, I just couldn’t ignore. I enrolled at college to become a medical herbalist.
I hold a Practical Herbalist Diploma from Wild Rose College in Canada and continue my studies with them for the Master Herbalist Diploma and Clinical Herbalist Diploma. I also study at The Matthew Wood Institute of Herbal Medicine. I have a certificate in Pulse, Tongue and Facial Evaluation which are very valuable tools to understanding the overall health and vital force of a person.
I began volunteering for The Herb Society looking after book reviews and the book club and continue in these roles. I enjoy connecting with people and love what The Herb Society stands for and it’s aims. I studied history with the Open University many years ago and feel a sense of pride, belonging to a society that was founded in 1927.
I am a student member of the URHP and AMH and I advocate for people with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I volunteer with the American charity, Awareness for Potsies, analysing research articles. In my spare time, I am researching the use of herbs in autonomic dysfunction, especially in those with long covid and covid related POTS.