Menstrual leave - a question of choice

Menstrual leave - a question of choice

“I don't care if they take time off. I just don’t want to know about it.”

I asked a friend's husband if women should get time off for period pain. He’s a senior something or other at Deloitte, flies around a lot, works too many hours and manages lots of people. I expected Dave (we’ll call him Dave) to be as opposed to the concept of menstrual leave as all the other people I’d spoken to - the midwives, doctors, lawyers, mortgage brokers… the proffesional friends in my life,  who don’t get the benefit of ‘free-range’ hours, and couldn’t just take a day off without a valid excuse. 

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How to become a herbalist

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I’m happy to say the most frequent question I get off the back of my podcast is ‘how do I study as a herbalist’? This podcast, and final episode, aims to answer that question for anyone in the UK and gives some online options too.

The information in this podcast was true in 2018. Please check the course websites below to ensure nothing has changed since then. You’ll see from the list I’ve placed below how incredibly varied the courses are now but generally last 3 years. Although this is aimed at people wanting to practice as a herbalist you’ll find that almost every institution offers courses which suit those of you with a casual interest in herbal medicine for home use too.


British Herbal Medicine Courses

College of Naturopathic Medicine  

Cost £4000

Length 5 years

Total £20,000

Based in London and Manchester

Betonica - Laura Carpenter 

Cost £1100 to £2620

Length 4 years

Total £8,540

Based in Somerset

School of Herbal Medicine - Maggie Pope 

Cost £3000/yr

Length 6 years

Total £18,000

Based in Somerset and Allerford

Heartwood Professional Course 

Cost (at least) £2000/yr

Length 3 years

Total £6,000

Based Online (and near you)

Westminster University <— No longer available, I had to botch an edit to remove this from the podcast
School of Intuitive Herbalism - Nathaniel Hughes

Cost £1000 – £1800/yr

Length 7 years

Total at least £7,000

Based in Gloucestershire

Sensory Herbalism Apprenticeship - Karen Lawton, Fiona Heckles and Belle Benefield 

Cost £2000

Length 1 year (with 2 more possible after that)

Total £2,000

Based in Dorset

Lincoln College - 

Cost £7999/yr

Length 3 years

Total £2,3997

Based in Lincoln

The Plant Medicine School - Nikki Darrell  

Cost €1500/yr

Length 3 years

Total €4,500

Based in Cork, Ireland


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Herbal Help for Painful Periods

Herbal Help for Painful Periods

Being brought up in a family that never talked about menstruation it came as a shock to me when my periods finally arrived and brought with them all manner of inconveniences, simply buying sanitary equipment was an embrassesment to me as a teen but the pains that often accompanied my bleed were awful. It is one of the reasons that I became a herbalist, caring for and nurturing our bodies with herbs could be something that we are taught about in schools.

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On the (joy filled) precipice

On the (joy filled) precipice

Each year I write a reflection on the year to come. 2 years ago my self reflection for the year was full of depression and disappointment. Last year I was laughing in the face of disaster. This year I am optimistic, despite the pressure, to make this business work in a monetary sense within a relatively short space of time. I don't have the luxury of time anymore, for the sake of the impending bairn. It probably seems weird that I say it currently isn't supporting me personally but the realities of business running means that often any profit is skimmed off and pumped back into the company, never reaching my pockets.

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What to do when you miss a period.

What to do when you miss a period.

Don't panic! Unless of course you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant. In which case, panic and pee on a stick!*

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