Herbal medicine with Roses

I am a qualified medical herbalist. I can support you to overcome acute and chronic health challenges, increase your overall health and resilience, feel better and achieve your health goals.

I also offer community herb walks, workshops and courses – see our workshops page.

I am trained to support the kinds of health challenges that are seen by a GP, but I get to spend much longer with my clients. You can expect to feel deeply listened to, with attention to how you are doing now and your journey to this point, and curiosity to root causes.

You may have received a diagnosis already, and/or you may be unsure what’s happening in your body. Herbs may be your first choice or you may have tried mainstream medicine, or be accessing it currently. I am trained to work safely alongside conventional healthcare and medications. Read more about my training here.

Location

I offer home visits to people in Frome, Somerset, and online appointments.

For home visits you will need a private space for the consultation, where we will not be disturbed and where you feel comfortable to speak aloud and in depth about your health, feelings, life and habits.

Herbal medicine…

  • is safe when practised competently
  • seeks to treat the cause
  • rarely causes unwanted (‘side’) effects
  • is people’s medicine: it gives us the power to look after our health without making drugs companies richer
  • can help us to reconnect with cultural knowledge of the places we live and where our ancestors lived – we use and share this knowledge or lose it.
  • can help us to re-connect with the ecosystem and re-find our place in it.

Come as you are

I support and affirm all bodies, including queer, trans, black/brown, fat, disabled, young, old and survivor bodies. 

All parts of you are welcome in my clinic: the parts that may feel resilient and powerful, and those that may feel confused, vulnerable or afraid. 

You may have experience of systemic oppression, trauma or neurodivergence that makes you less able to access the benefits of mainstream healthcare. I am flexible to your needs as well as to my own – feel free to contact me to discuss them.

Our journey together

Find out more about me here

1. Free 15-minute chat

A free, no-pressure chat, to find out more about how I work and get a sense of whether I’m the right practitioner for you. If either of us feel I may not be, I may be able to suggest somebody different.

2. Book your appointment

If it seems like I may be a good fit for you, you can book an hour-long appointment. (See pricing here). I send you a client agreement, a short questionnaire about your health, and an invoice for the appointment. If forms are tricky for you we can chat on the phone before the appointment instead.

3. Your appointment

We meet for 90 minutes at your home or online. I ask about what has brought you to the appointment, your current and past health, and your goals. If appropriate and if you consent, I can carry out physical exams to aid diagnosis. Your body, your choices: you stay in control at all times.

4. Treatment plan

I email you my assessment and recommendations, including any herbal medicines and supplements I think would help you and what these would cost. You let me know what you’d like, and I invoice, dispense and post the herbs.

5. Treatment

You implement the recommendations, noticing changes in your body and life.

6. Follow-up

We meet again 2-4 weeks later for up to 60 minutes to review how things are going, and adapt your treatment plan as needed. In general, symptoms that have only been around for a few weeks or months tend to resolve quickly. Symptoms you have lived with for many years tend to take longer, but you should still start to notice improvements within the first 1-3 months.

“I feel supported by Roses and the herbs so I am really grateful to be working with them. I appreciate the way Roses communicates with me, particularly in non gendered ways regarding reproductive/ovarian health. They are thoughtful and responsive to specific things I share with them. I appreciate their suggestion and willingness to work on ovarian health ahead of potential egg freezing and HRT, which I feel comfortable doing because of the trust we’ve built as well as their understanding and acceptance of individual trans experiences. I couldn’t imagine working on this with anyone else, which is a credit to Roses’ skills and practice. It is a true blessing to be supported by Roses.”

“Working with Roses has literally changed my life. I came to them with chronic stomach problems on top of a chronic illness. I’m happy to say that at this moment, both are under control thanks to the care provided by Roses and this has allowed me to reduce the number of drugs taken.”

Pricing

See our pricing page.

Booking

To book in a free, 15-minute phone chat without any pressure to commit to an appointment, feel free to hello@rosesherbal.com or to use the app below. The purpose of this chat is not to give you health advice but for us both to get a feeling for whether I may be the right practitioner for you, and if I may not be, to see if I can suggest someone else.

If you’re ready for a full consultation, feel free to email hello@rosesherbal.com.

More about herbalism

Herbs are some of our oldest medicines. They kept our ancestors alive for millennia just as our ancestors kept them alive. We’ve evolved together.

Since the enclosures, knowledge of herbal medicine has been repressed violently by capitalism and colonialism in both colonised and coloniser countries, to control people’s bodies and the land.

Even so, around 80% of the world relies on plants and mushrooms within their primary healthcare today, and 40% of pharmaceutical drugs derive from them. 

 

When working with herbs

  • I feel deep gratitude to the plants, mushrooms and ecosystems taking care of us.
  • I begin healing my relationship with land from centuries of extraction and exploitation by European ancestors.
  • I try to honour other European and South Asian ancestors who kept each other alive with herbal knowledge while threatened by witch trials and British colonialism.

FAQs

What is a medical herbalist?

A medical herbalist is someone who combines cultural, clinical, scientific and in some cases somatic knowledge of plants and the human body to support people’s health and healing. It’s a craft with a complex lineage that, like any lineage, is problematic in some ways and life-affirming in others – more on this coming soon in the blog.

Medical herbalists are trained in traditional herbal knowledge and craft, and to degree-level in anatomy, physiology, differential diagnosis and clinical examination. We follow the journals to stay up to date as medical knowledge changes.

We apply our knowledge in a way that tries to honour the interconnectedness of all parts of our existence, including our cells and tissues, body systems, life experiences, social and physical environment, and connection with land/spirit.

A few of us also work with the impact on health of global systems of oppression, which otherwise harm all our bodies at a cellular, tissue, psychoemotional and relational level, whether we are privileged and/or multiply oppressed.

To get an idea of how I work in practice, scroll to “Our journey together”.

Is herbal medicine safe?

Medical herbalists are trained to recognise red flags and refer on where appropriate, and to prescribe safely alongside conventional medication (taking into account any known herb-drug interactions). Typically the risks of taking herbs under professional supervision are lower than those of working with mainstream medicine. Allergic responses are possible, and before any herbs are prescribed we will discuss any known sensitivities.

How are medical herbalists similar or different to GPs?

Medical herbalists have:

  • The same traditional diagnostic skills as a GP

  • More time with their clients (30-60 minutes per appointment).

  • An integrative approach – meaning we work safely with and alongside your mainstream medical treatment

  • A systems approach – meaning we consider how all systems in your body interconnect and function, not just the surface-level trigger for your symptom, and we try to get to the root cause as well.
How are herbal medicines similar or different to pharmaceutical medicines?

Herbal medicines can be taken as teas, tinctures, syrups, vinegars, balms, and foods, as well as in forms familiar in conventional medicine such capsules, tablets, creams and pessaries.

Herbal medicines tend to have fewer (if any) unwanted effects. Any medicine, herbal or pharmaceutical, will have multiple effects. But whereas pharmaceutical medicines tend to be chosen to reverse or suppress a single symptom, meaning the remaining effects are unwanted (‘side effects’), herbal medicines are chosen intentionally for their system-wide effects, with the goal of nudging the whole system back into balance in order to restore proper functioning.

Herbal medicines tend to be more easily recognised and assimilated by the body. They contain compounds that are very similar to the ones already in our bodies, so our bodies know how to handle them.

Herbal medicines tend to be less forceful, which doesn’t necessarily mean less effective or slower to take effect. Conventional medicines tend to knock a symptom on the head without necessarily addressing the cause; in some specific circumstances that can be life-saving. In many circumstances though, it’s just not necessary – a gentler approach that addresses the cause can be at least as effective or more so, and have fewer (if any) side effects.

Herbal medicines are much more environmentally friendly. We source the plants directly ourselves (foraging or growing them) or from trusted, ethical, sustainable suppliers. Herbal remedies involve one or very few ingredients and are usually made by hand (or otherwise on a very small scale), bypassing the industrial footprint of a pharmaceutical company.

Herbal medicines don’t make pharmaceutical companies richer, or their shareholders. You can forage and make the medicines yourself, or they can be directly foraged/grown and compounded by the herbalist. The supply chain is far shorter and more ethical.

It’s not a binary! Neither is always better, and it doesn’t have to be either/or. If you’re unsure whether or not herbal medicine may be able to help you, feel free to get in touch for a free, 15-minute chat about your needs, with no pressure for it to lead to a further appointment.

Where do the herbs come from? Are they organic?

The medicines I prepare for you have all been grown lovingly or wildcrafted sustainably, either by me or by a trusted, reputable supplier, with a high level of care for the environment and for people in their supply chain. They are of excellent quality and are the medicines I take myself and give to loved ones.

I forage, grow organically and make as much medicine as I can myself. When sourcing cultivated herbs elsewhere, I tend to prefer herbs that are grown organically, but not always certified organic: certification costs a huge amount of money and admin, which small-scale growers can’t afford. So, for example, if the choice is between certified organic herbs grown in industrial-scale monocultures a long way away, or (uncertified) organically-grown herbs cultivated close to home using sustainable methods, I choose the latter.

Get in touch

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Katherine (therapist):

kvcoxtherapy@gmail.com

I mostly work Tuesdays-Thursdays and some weekends

Roses (herbalist):

hello@rosesherbal.com

I mostly work Mondays-Thursdays

Training enquiries:

hello@fireweedcollective.org.uk