Health and healing have always been important to me. I started out studying pharmacology and physiology at UCL, worked in publishing on drug discovery journals, then gradually felt disillusioned with conventional medicine and its limitations. A few positive experiences with herbal medicine led to me studying herbal medicine at Middlesex University and launching my career as a herbalist more than 10 years ago.
Plants intrigue me. They live in such a different way, but have a lot in common with us, and our lives and culture are bound together. I think that a lot of the problems with modern life stem from growing distance between humans and plants – whether in our diet or environment. Exploring this relationship led me to studying a Masters degree in medicinal natural products and plant chemistry at UCL, and inspires me to continue learning.
When I’m not doing herbal consultations or learning more about plants, I am senior herbal advisor at Pukka Herbs. It’s a great role where I get to make sure we know how our herbal creations benefit health and am free to help plan research projects looking at the health benefits of herbs.