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The Herbal Medicine Conference 2023: 6th and 7th October 2023 (Online Event)

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The Herbal Medicine Conference 2023


Our Herbal Medicine Conference (now in its 159th year) is back for two days of packed content this October!

What better way to find out more about herbal medicine, whilst picking up insights and knowledge from some of the world's leading experts, than to join us at our online herbal conference - everyone is welcome!

Featuring the latest science, traditional wisdoms, reflections on practice, reports from the front-line of herbal medicine and speakers from across the globe, The Herbal Medicine Conference 2023 promises to be an event not to be missed.

The conference moved online in 2020 and the event has been a huge success with over 1500 attendees from over 30 countries and amazing speakers from all over the world. This annual event compliments our fabulous in-person event, the Power of Plants Festival.

If you have attended the online event before, you'll know that our interactive event platform, Whova really brings the conference to life, and we're looking forward to reconvening this online community.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets

A Working Herbal Dispensary: Respecting Herbs as Individuals by Lucy Jones

A beautifully illustrated guide on how to understand and engage with medicinal herbs.

In her fascinating second book, full time medical herbalist Lucy Jones shares the characters and medicinal virtues of 108 herbs that she works with in her practice. Each herb is written as an individual that she knows and respects, rather than simply a list of conditions it treats or the constituents it contains.

Guided by Lucy's engaging and thoughtful prose, readers will journey through the physiological actions, energetic qualities, and emotional resonances of individual herbs, as well as qualities according to Tibetan Medicine, where they apply. Also included are historical views, magical associations, recipes for the home apothecary and many informal case studies to illustrate the virtues of the herbs.

Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, A Working Herbal Dispensary is more than your run of the mill herbal; it is an insight into a holistic practice where herbs and herbalist are working in partnership for the benefit of those that need help.

"The book is a rare gem, as it is not just re-writing every other herb book but comes from the heart of a busy practitioner who uses herbs clinically every day. Lucy doesn't just 'use' the herbs to 'fix what's broken', rather she understands how they holistically heal the whole person. These monographs are not just short paragraphs of what conditions the plants are 'good for', but a top-notch interweaving of tradition and experience that capture the medicinal essence of the plants. 'The binding of this book is going to become well-worn over the years."
Sajah Popham, founder of 'The School of Evolutionary Herbalism'

"Another wonderful herbal from Lucy, rich in ancient lore and insights from the Tibetan tradition brilliantly interwoven with wisdom, experience, and practical tips from a working herbalist and a self-sufficient one too! With fascinating and detailed descriptions of over one hundred herbs, enlivened by photos of herbs lovingly grown and foraged by Lucy, this book is testimony to the living tradition of herbalism in England and a great opportunity to learn how a clinical herbalist implements the tools of their trade. Thank you, Lucy!"
Anne McIntyre, medical herbalist (FNIMH) and author of 'The Complete Herbal Tutor' and 'Healing with Flowers'

"This work will undoubtedly go on to become canon in the arena of herbal medicine. It does not just provide information, with Lucy's deep understanding and long clinical practice, it's also experiential.  A Working Herbal Dispensary takes us on a journey into the plant kingdom; a journey where we experience and really connect with the energies, and magic, we encounter when we work with healing plants."
Karen Stone, founder of the Arura Healing Centre and practitioner of Traditional Tibetan Medicine

A Working Herbal Dispensary is published by Aeon Books, and will be available from the end of May 2023.

Modern Iridology: A Holistic Guide to Reading the Eye by Sarah Donoghue

Modern Iridology book coverA practical, accessible and insightful handbook on reading the eye.

The human eye is a blueprint of the bodies genetically inherited strengths and weaknesses: a comprehensive health profile that allows one to make informed dietary and lifestyle choices that fully support one's unique constitution.

This book is a guide to the often-misunderstood subject; a practical manual that can be easily used by holistic practitioners, medical professionals and interested enthusiasts alike. Complete with high quality photographs, charts and detailed case studies, this essential book should be a staple on every modern herbalists' bookshelf.

Taking a holistic approach, author Sarah Donoghue explores the subject of iridology from a scientific, physical and emotional perspective. It allows readers to safely examine the iris and make confident assessments, as well as formulate individualised herbal, dietary and lifestyle interventions based on information gleaned from the depths of the endlessly fascinating iris!

Sarah Donoghue is an herbalist and naturopath with over thirteen years’ experience working with botanical medicines. She completed her training at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London in 2007 where she studied western herbalism, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and Iridology.

Sarah now runs a busy practice on the Cornish coast in the South West of England, where she manufactures her own range of herbal tinctures and skincare products. Sarah is passionate about herbal education and writes widely on the topic of self sufficient herbalism and historical remedies. She has published many articles both online and in print.

Sarah is also proud to be an Ambassador for the Herb Society.

You can find out more about Sarah and her work at or by reading her fascinating newsletter

Herbal Alliance

At the end of 2019, Sebastian Pole, member of the APA, RCHM and honorary member of the URHP, reached out to all the heads of the herbal practitioner’s associations in the UK, to organise a 'Unity Day' with an objective to focus on our connectedness as a herbal community, to coordinate our efforts together to raise awareness and build confidence in the safety, efficacy and sustainability of herbal medicine as well as creating a unifying voice. [ Read more ]

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