Medical Herbalist, MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, MNIMH
I grew up on the beautiful hebridean island of Tiree. It is a trek to get there, and often blowing a gale, but when the weather is still and the sun is shining there is no where on earth I’d rather be.
My interest in herbal medicine began when I met a herbalist called Jacqui Hazzard on the island when I was 14. She was there for a Well-Woman Weekend and spoke so eloquently about herbal medicines. I was completely fascinated. I was in awe of these magical healing plants and so began my love with herbal medicine.
"I have always been drawn to natural health care. Being able to find a plant, pick it, and make it into a healing medicine gives a special appreciation for the natural world."
My first initiation into the herbal world when I was 15 and I undertook work experience at Napiers. I fell in love with the lotions and potions, the exotic smells and unusual teas. It felt like a strangely familiar place, quiet and serene, even though busy Byres road continued its hustle and bustle just outside. I decided then that I wanted to work in the shop and hopefully one day, be a herbalist in the clinic.
I did indeed go on to train and work as a herbalist within the company for almost 10 years. During my studies I worked there as a herbal dispenser and later moved up to assistant manager. Something I am still very proud of to this day! Napier's sponsorship allowed me to take part in a rare apprenticeship which has been invaluable to both myself and my patients.
With your consent, I work closely alongside other professionals that may be involved in your health care. This includes alternative health practitioners such as acupuncturists and nutritionists, but also doctors, nurses and other specialists in the NHS and private health care. This provides a high degree of collaboration and communication between health care providers, establishing a comprehensive treatment strategy which is focused on achieving your best health.
I graduated with a BSc Physiology from Glasgow University in 2003 and a BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine from Edinburgh Napier University in 2009. I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) and hold a full Disclosure Scotland. I also have an ITEC in Therapeutic Massage.
I am currently studying ‘Herbal Medicine for Women’ with Medical Doctor, Herbalist and Midwife, Aviva Romm. Aviva has written several books on women’s health and promotes a functional medicine approach to health.