I first graduated in '96 with a 2:1 in Human Biology and Environmental Science. However, it took a trip to the Australian outback five years later before the penny dropped and I realised my calling. After a desert thistle miraculously soothed my sore throat it started me thinking about how most of the planet HAVE to use the medicines that nature has generously provided in plant-form, grown locally and harvested seasonally to help themselves. There is no corner shop chemist in the Outback! They rely on herbal medicines to survive and thrive. It made perfect sense to me and the seed to be a Herbalist was planted.
The inspiration to become a Naturopath came shortly after when I had the good fortune of meeting one for the first time. Naturopaths believe that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself given the right conditions. It is the job of the Naturopath to facilitate those conditions within her patients.
Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine are inextricably linked and mutually-enhancing therapies. To practice one without the other would be, I felt, short-changing my patients. After all, herbs like other medicines, will work better when taken alongside a nourishing diet and healthy lifestyle.
Since I graduated from the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine, London in '05, it has been a fascinating journey helping hundreds of patients both in clinic, on retreats and in the local community back to feeling feeling good, FOR GOOD!