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About Me

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, 2006
Dip NT Nutritional Therapy, 2011

A potted history...

My name is Sarah Hughes and I qualified as a herbalist in 2006 and as a Nutritional Therapist in 2011. My love affair with all things herbal started when I worked for Neal’s Yard Remedies in London as their project manager. Until I worked there I didn’t realise you could walk into a factory and be overwhelmed with the smell of lemon grass, and rose instead of harsh grating chemicals.  At the same time I started thinking about my own health, not just taking it for granted and throwing pills down my throat when something went wrong. I decided to take the plunge and go back to university and did the BSc degree in Herbal Medicine at Westminster university. On qualification I left London and moved to Galway on the wild west coast of Ireland where I joined a thriving integrated practice and for 5 years I saw a lot of patients with an awful lot of conditions. This was a wonderful training as well as a great life adventure. I also did the diploma in Nutritional Medicine at the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin as herbs and nutrition work together hand in hand.

I returned to the UK and am now based in Newcastle. I see clients privately for 1:1 sessions where I delve into their health issue and come up with solutions. A good practitioner is all about finding the right herbs for that person and an eating plan that is realistic and works with their lifestyle.

I am one of the Nutritional Therapists who works for the wonderful charity Breast Cancer Haven helping clients with their eating plans at different stages of their cancer journey.

I also teach on the Foundation in Plant Medicine course at Dilston Physic Garden which is a gem of a garden near Corbridge in Northumberland – if you haven’t been go …

I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), am registered with CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).  All members of these professional bodies must be qualified and adhere to strict codes of ethics and conduct.

I use medicinal plants from around the world but concentrate on those growing locally feeling they are most suited to those living in the British climate.

Qualifications:
BSc Hons, NT Dip, MA, mNIMH, mBANT, CNHC

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to take herbal medicine alongside medication prescribed by my doctor?

Herbal medicine can interact with pharmaceutical medication but I have been trained to know which herbs interact with which medication so I know which herbs that are safe to take alongside your medication.

Do herbs have side effects?

As a rule generally not but some can. This is the role of the herbalist to give the right dosage of the right combination of herbs.

What form does the medicine come in?

I work with tinctures, teas, powders and capsules.

Are you insured?

Yes I am fully covered under Balens insurance for indemnity and malpractice.

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