Plant-based Medicine: Health and Education

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

Thank you for stopping by my website

As a medical herbalist, I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of herbal medicine, encouraging a deep connection with local plants, natural healing methods, crafting bespoke remedies, sharing the stories of old, and marvelling at the truly unique patterns of the natural world.

I run a herbal clinic with a fully stocked dispensary in the Chilterns, where I consult with clients and prepare bespoke herbal prescriptions, creams, syrups and teas.

I also teach a wide range of herbal medicine related topics, and offer seasonal herbal walks, talks, workshops and courses. Do have a look around my website, and let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to connecting with you!

Kristine x

My Story

Herbal Heritage

I grew up in rural Flanders, Belgium and from a young age was taught about botany, wildflowers and traditional herbal medicine by the women in my family. This heritage led me to investigate the benefits of herbal medicine at university level in the UK and I have enjoyed this return to my ancestral roots.

I mainly work with private clients but also spend some of my time teaching herbal workshops and holding herbal walks to help raise more awareness of herbal remedies amongst the public. Please note that all workshops are now run remotely – do contact me to find out more. Herbal walks, for the time being, have been cancelled.

I am a fully qualified Medical Herbalist with a BSc (Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster, London and graduated in 2008. I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the Herb Society. I am trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP, but take a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms.

Herbal remedies can be prescribed alongside other medication and treatments, if appropriate, and many patients are referred to a medical herbalist by their GP or by other health practitioners.

Modules Covered on BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine course included:

    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Clinical Diagnosis Skills
    • Pathology
    • Biochemistry & Phytochemistry
    • Pharmacology
    • Infection, Immunity & Public Health
    • Botany
    • Materia Medica
    • Herbal Therapeutics
    • Nutrition
    • Herbal Medicine Making
    • Clinical Practice (over 500 hrs)
    • University of Westminster Polyclinic
      • Whips Cross University Hospital Dermatology Department
      • Breast Cancer Haven

Over the past fifteen years I have gained much experience in my field, making use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. Herbal Medicine can treat a range of conditions relating to fertility, immunity, emotional health, digestive health, skin, allergies and much more.

Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – as a medical herbalist, I recognise that no two patients are the same.

Practising herbal medicine is a great honour for me. To be able to enter into a wholesome healing relationship with my patients and to utilise the powerful effects of natural plant medicines is my life’s work.

Western Herbal Medicine

Western Herbal medicine uses the therapeutic properties contained within plant seeds, berries, roots, bark, leaves and flowers for medicinal purposesSelected herbs are used to treat a variety of ailments and disease as well as to promote vitality, healing and balance within the body.

Because I believe it is important to treat the person as a whole rather than the symptoms, herbal treatment plans are always highly individual. 

What can herbal medicine treat?

Herbal medicine is so multi-faceted, and patients are often delighted at the opportunity to discuss their physical and emotional wellbeing without any time restraint, and the sense of empowerment this can provide.  Combining this with fifteen years of experience, I find that the results often speak for themselves.

Commonly treated conditions include:

    • Skin complaints – eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea
    • Cardiovascular problems – poor circulation, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, high blood pressure
    • Gynaecological problems/ hormone imbalances – menstrual disorders, menopausal problems, PMS, infertility, prostate problems
    • Musculoskeletal problems – arthritis, gout, bursitis
    • Stomach, intestines and bowel disorders – ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, constipation
    • Infections – tonsillitis, cystitis
    • Respiratory conditions – coughs, colds, laryngitis, asthma
    • Nervous disorders – stress, insomnia, impaired memory, anxiety, depression, migraine
    • Immunity problems – autoimmune disease, allergies

Who can benefit from herbal treatment?

Herbal medicine is for everyone, I treat all ages and there is always something that can be done to support your wellbeing.  If you would like more specific information on how I approach health problems, please do get in touch or have a look on the site of my governing body,  The National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

Disclaimer

Please note that the information provided on this website is, although carefully considered and referenced by the author, for information purposes only, at sole discretion and risk of the reader. This information is not meant to be used for self-medication purposes and/or is not meant to replace medical care under the supervision of a doctor. The herbal medicines described on the website and Facebook links can only be used safely under the supervision of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner after a one-to-one consultation, in accordance with the Medicines Act 1986, Sections 12.1 & 12.2 and Sections 56.1 & 56.2.

Consultations

My ultimate goal is to support you, educate and empower people in the community and improve lives generally.

I will work with you to achieve your personal goals for better health, help you gain insights into the underlying root causes, as well as discuss herbal, dietary and lifestyle options. Sometimes, people don’t really have anything wrong but choose to have a consultation just as a general check-up, to ensure that all is well.

Every client receives a therapeutic treatment plan with the agreed health goals, life style advice, dietary suggestions and an overview of the prescribed herbs.

Telephone and video consultations are available from my home practice in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, where I also keep a fully stocked herbal dispensary with fresh plant tinctures, teas, creams and much more.

At this time I am trying to protect the vulnerable in my patient group and family, so telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime consultations are the way forward. Please do give me a call or send me an email to find out how this works practically. I hope to return to face-to-face consultations in summer, but am happy to continue offering Zoom consultations to those who live further away, as long as it is medically appropriate.

Opening hours:

    • Monday: 10am to 2pm
    • Tuesday: 10am to 3pm
    • Wednesday: 10am to 4pm
    • Thursday: 10am to 4pm
    • Other times by arrangement and depending on childcare (I have two young children)
    • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: closed

What happens during a consultation?

During your first consultation, I will build up a picture of you and your health by:

    • Taking your full case history
    • Asking about your family’s medical history
    • Discussing your diet and lifestyle
    • Finding out about any medication or supplements you use

This allows me to assess the underlying causes of your illness and formulate a mixture of herbs tailored to your individual needs.

Your individual treatment plan will include herbal remedies and, where appropriate, dietary changes or nutritional supplements. Most herbal medicines are given in the form of a liquid tincture which is taken in 5ml doses two or three times daily. You may also be prescribed a herbal tea, tablets, ointment, cream or lotion.

After the initial consultation, three or four shorter consultations are usually necessary to assess your progress, followed by check-ups every three to six months, depending on the nature of your condition. This protocol may vary, as each individual is unique and will respond differently to herbal treatment. Because herbal medicines work in a gentle and subtle way, they can take longer to work than orthodox drugs, but their effects are long lasting and there should be no side effects.

CONSULTATION AND PRODUCT FEES

    • Initial Consultation (includes time to research, write the treatment protocol and dispense a bespoke herbal prescription): £85
    • Follow-up Consultation (includes further research, adjustment prescription and dispensing time): £45
    • Consultation for Minor Ailments: £45
    • Fee for email correspondence or telephone follow-ups: £15 to £45 (practitioner’s discretion/time spent etc)
    • Dispensing Fee (for repeat prescriptions without consultation): £15
    • Postage: based on weight of parcel and destination.
      All parcels are sent recorded delivery.

PRODUCTS

Tinctures, Syrups £11 per 100ml *
Prescribed Teas £10 per 50g
Individual Teas £5 per 25g
Crafty Tea Blends £10 per bag
Herbal infused Oils £11 per 100ml
Creams, Lotions £30 per 60g

* a weekly prescription costs on average £11 for 100ml tincture

PAYMENT

    • All payments can be made by direct bank transfer, details will be provided before the first consultation.
    • Please note that full payment of the consultation fee is due at the time of booking. Your appointment is not confirmed until payment has been received.
    • Herbal prescriptions will be posted out as soon as payment for goods is received.

CANCELLATION POLICY

I would appreciate if you could phone me to let me know at least 24 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel or re-arrange for any reason as I may have to charge 50% of the full fee due to costs involved.

££ – All prices are reviewed annually. Next review January 2023.

 

Testimonials

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: What a wonderful experience learning about the power of herbs to support our health and wellbeing. The live sessions were a treat I looked forward to each month, and the mix of course materials, including videos, articles, group discussion, sensory experiences, and questions via email, meant delivery was engaging and provided us with brilliant resources to refer back to. Kristine is extremely welcoming, passionate and knowledgable; the course was an excellent introduction to herbal medicine that helped me connect more to my natural environment and whet my appetite for further exploration.
Thank you Kristine! Gabriella

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: I thoroughly enjoyed Kristine’s Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course. Over six months we looked at the main systems of the body, common ailments and how herbs can be used to support. The online course consisted of monthly sessions with a mix of videos, live presentations, sensory experiences and downloadable information and recipes. It has been amazing to see the vast wealth of resources that nature gives us throughout the year, and I now have bags full of dried herbs collected from local walks and even from my garden! I feel as if I’ve opened a door and taken a peek, and that this is only the beginning… Thanks for a wonderful 6 months! Wendy

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: ‘I have just completed Kristine’s On-line course and was so inspired that I immediately signed up for her monthly study group. Her teaching style is warm, engaging and inspiring. Kristine is so obviously passionate about passing on this ancient earth wisdom, as she was introduced to it by her maternal grand mother.She combines her scientific and medicinal knowledge as a trained medical herbalist with an anecdotal style and copious references to ancient sacred herbal lore. This is a compelling combination. Familiar hedgerow herbs and flowers, kitchen spices and common fruits and vegetables….everything right under our noses and free and easily accessible. I would highly recommend Kristine’s course to anyone wishing to deepen their connection to Mother Earth and her generous bounty. In Kristine she has given us a generous loving healer and teacher’. Laura-Jane Clare

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your course. I was fascinated by how powerful herbs can be & how many forgotten ‘weeds’ we have in our countryside that can be so therapeutic!
Not only are you a great herbalist but have a natural teaching style that is both engaging & inspiring. You clearly have spent a long time putting the course together & I loved the mix of media with videos & you talking through lots of information & the written chapters for us then to be able to absorb in our own time.
I am now constantly identifying plants & researching their therapeutic benefits! I have a freezer full of berries waiting for chilly & wet afternoons when I can make some more remedies to help my family & friends! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone else interested in natural healing. Thank you so much. Carine Evans

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: Kristine’s passion shines through and she delivers a fascinating subject in such as way that you are grabbing your boots and outdoors searching. Walks become a treasure hunt, and I can’t help telling everyone the benefits of the humble haw berry! Preventative medicine is growing all around us!! We just have to learn how to use it for our individual needs. The six week course covered a huge amount of the subject. It was diverse, involved and very interactive. It is a great place to start if you, like me, are inquisitive about promoting your own health and those around you. Personally, I think this should be taught in schools, children would love it, as I did. George Davis, Great Missenden.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course:  I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, I find your narrative easy and accessible to follow and easier for me to understand than the books I have read in the past. The online materials were so much more in-depth and thorough than I had expected and you can see that you have taken a lot of time to set it all up, so thank you. I am of course still novice, but feel that the information I’ve taken on board has done what I hoped it would, I can name a few plants I couldn’t before and I am making a few simple treatments at home, all I wanted was a better connection with my environment and the knowledge to create a few ritual healing products for my family. I would really like to do another course in future with you. Liz Williams

Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course: I have massively enjoyed the 6 week course and am sad that it’s come to an end.  The lessons were really informative without being too difficult to understand. I have been much more able to go out and identify plants successfully since the class, which I have fallen in love with. I love the fact that I can bring home something from nature and either put it in a vinegar or dry it for a cream, which is super satisfying.  I am building up a lovely little store of concoctions for my family without the need to dive into pharmaceuticals first. I would love to be part of the spring class to see what is in nature then. Many thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities of using herbs for wellness. Catherine Fenemer

‘The main reason I came to see Kristine was because I was having an ’empty nest’ wobble. I had watched a youtube series on plants as medicine, and I was just curious if herbal medicine could help my difficult feelings. From the moment I met Kristine, I could tell that she was really listening to me. After a thorough consultation, she made a herbal medicine blend that was really tailored to me and my needs. I was a bit of a sceptic, if I’m honest, but I can certainly say that, having been taking it for some months, I feel back in balance and back on an even keen emotionally. Niggly digestive issues have also cleared up and I have better quality sleep. Last week I was amazed to find that my cholesterol level had come down to a level I’ve not had since 2003!’ Deborah E, Chalfont St Peter

‘I first brought my son who suffers from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to see Kristine in 2018, when he was four years old. Kristine was always so friendly, helpful and reassuring to my son and I. She has worked hard to find the best herbal medicine combination for him, whilst also trying to make it as easy as possible for him to take, and for me to manage. She has now been treating him for two years; his symptoms are much reduced and we have recently been able to reduce his PPI dose, which we are very happy about!’ Sophie S, Chesham

‘I can’t speak highly enough of Kristine. I met her on one of her workshops and arranged a consultation. She is very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I’ve been trying to conceive for years and have always had hormonal issues. I had come to the end and had pretty much given up hope on the situation, but after a few appointments with Kristine things are looking up. She didn’t just address the “getting pregnant” problem, we spoke about every area of my life and how she can help. I love how she just seems to care about you and your situation, which is hard to come by. Also the herbal tea on every visit is a lovely touch :)’ Heidi D-S, Aylesbury

‘The warming muscle cream is such a magic potion! With all the rain yesterday I had a lot of pain in my left thumb area, and the cream helped so much! As for the rose cream, do you sell it by the bucket load? It’s gorgeous!’ Anne G.

“I happened upon herbal medicine last year, and it resonated so strongly that I decided to find a practitioner. I found Kristine through the NIMH website. I love going to see her in her calm practice room, where we drink her delicious home made herbal teas and discuss what I might need support with. She then measures out a personalised herbal mix for me, which addresses both physical and emotional elements. I’ve been delighted with the results and really embrace the holistic approach of herbal medicine. Kristine is professional, warm and friendly and I would recommend her wholeheartedly” Wendy H, Tring

“After seeing Kristine over the last year and taking her herbal tinctures my reflux symptoms, digestive problems and overall wellbeing have greatly improved. Kristine is always very professional, sympathetic and medically knowledgeable and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others” Jean D, Hyde Heath.

In July 2018 I was bitten by a tick and suffered chronic exhaustion, rheumatic pain, night sweats, a whole gamit of issues with my health despite being on antibiotics. I was determined to get my health back and research became an obsession. I didn’t know if I had Lyme disease (it’s very difficult to get a diagnosis) and there seems to be a wormhole with it and the NHS. I had to try an alternative. Online there was much written about people’s experiences and what they had self prescribed, but I wanted something adjusted for me not just the next fad. After looking up” herbalists near me ” on a popular search engine I found Kristine.  At the first appointment we thoroughly discussed my health history and Kristine formulated a plan, this consisted of adjusting my diet and lifestyle and taking the bespoke herbal mix that she made in front of me. I needed to focus on my health and immune system rather than a particular disease. We met again after a few weeks and adjustments were made accordingly. Steadily I made progress. It wasn’t an easy journey, elimination diet is key, certain foods and beverages became like a poison to me and my body would react when my guard dropped. Once I didn’t have the daily drain of sugar, gluten, lactose and caffeine, the herbs could get to work. After 2-3 months I could see a noticeable difference and after 6-8 months I felt 90 percent back to normal. I have been dedicated to my twice a day herbal medicine just over a year, and we are discussing a step down process now. If your health is not on the right track, I recommend a visit to Kristine’s studio, drinking a cup of her soothing tea and start your journey to recovery. Meanwhile I’m off to have my once a day coffee, which I really appreciate now. Thank you Kristine 🙂 – George D., Great Missenden

‘Thank you for sending me another bottle of your tasty immunity syrup, it’s the only thing that works – it really is a magic formula!‘ – Lora M., London

‘Kristine is a very skilled professional and I highly recommend her. She offers a personal approach and carefully selects tinctures, herbs and tea for you specifically. I am very happy to have taken the step to see her. After a few weeks I already feel so much better, more energetic, more balanced. I am delighted, over the moon. Definitely give it a go!’ – Heidi D., Belgium

‘Kristine has been my herbalist for many years and her knowledge of herbs and gentle care has made all the difference to my mental wellbeing.’  Christina G., Kentish Town

‘The relaxing tea you prescribed is definitely helping. I feel more settled and I feel like I am going about life in a less stressed way. I also take your immune syrup every morning and it is keeping bugs away. Thank you again for your help.’ Katie G., Bristol

‘Your chamomile tea is amazing! So much tastier than teabags and no radioactive yellow colour like with teabags. I really enjoyed it!’ – G. Shah, Amersham

‘Your Winter Wonder Tea is delicious! Drinking it gave me an instant warm home-coming feeling! Exactly what you need this time of year! Thank you, Kristine.’ – Tanja V., Lebbeke

‘I was an account manager in advertising for almost 20 years in Brussels, an exciting world with a touch of glamour, but also fast-paced and performance driven with a lot of pressure. I was doing great but occasionally suffered from nausea, allergies, muscle aches and insomnia. One afternoon in May my energy and self-confidence suddenly left me and I crashed. The doctor diagnosed me with professional burn-out. The following weeks and months were difficult. Early August I saw Kristine and she was very concerned about me. We had a long conversation about my symptoms, emotions and much more. A few days later a herbal tea arrived in the post. Kristine had tailor-made a herbal tea, just for me, each herb with its own purpose – one to strengthen, one to improve self-confidence, one to uplift, one to help promote sleep and so on. I started drinking two cups of my ‘power tea’. It was a turning point in my recovery! I now take regular walks in nature, enjoy regular yoga classes, changed my diet, started seeing a career coach etc. Some days are better than others, but my ‘power tea’ remains an ally in my rehabilitation. Kristine’s sound advice, insights and her tea mix continue to help me recover.’ – Sophie D., Belgium