My interest in herbal medicine began when my children were young. I felt sure that there must be a more natural way to treat their childhood ailments than with pharmacological drugs.
A Medical Herbalist prescribed herbs for them - I was astounded at how well they responded and how their resistance to coughs and colds improved.
As a family we came to rely increasingly on the gentle power of plant medicines to improve our wellbeing and treat our illnesses. That was the beginning of my "love affair" with herbal medicine and it sparked my desire to train as a Medical Herbalist.
I trained at the School of Herbal Medicine in Sussex and qualified in 2002 with a BSc Honours degree in Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine). Since that time I have developed my practices in Huddersfield and Barnsley, seeing patients with a wide range of conditions.
I welcome opportunities to raise public awareness about herbal medicine, regularly giving talks to local groups and leading herb walks through our beautiful countryside in Spring and Summer.
People are always amazed to learn the therapeutic properties of the plants that grow unnoticed all around them.
I belong to the National Institute of Herbal Medicine and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Members of these professional bodies must have a degree level training in herbal medicine, adhere to a strict code of ethics and undertake continuing professional development.
Following an in depth consultation, I prescribe a herbal medicine that is tailored to meet each individual patient's unique health needs. This medicine can be altered over time to reflect the patient's changing requirements.
My aim is to address the underlying causes of illness and not just the symptoms, so that long term improvements in health and well being can be made.