About Us

Frances B. Deery BSc MNIMH RMN RMNH (UKCC) IFPA

 

Background

Frances is a fully qualified Medical Herbalist, Nurse, Mother to four children, farms, grows medicinal herbs and is vegetarian. Her passion for herbs as medicines started at a very young age 12 when her brother gave her a book about herbs and how they can cure illness. Having trained as a nurse she quickly specialised within Lerrning disability as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist. Following a Florence nIghtingale award she was one of the first  Nurses to establish an innovative complementary service within the NHS offering complementary therapies to adults anfd children with learning disabilities- 1995 This service was also a runner up in RCN  Nurse of the year 1998. as part of the trust ongoing committment to complementary therapies she undertook a Bsc degree in Herbal Medicine with the University of Wales. She currently runs a soil assoc approved organic holding specialising in growing and processing medicinal herbs for use in her practice. 

Qualifications

Frances initially trained in applied sciences DIT and worked in the food science sector. Deciding she preferred to work with people she then qualified in Mental Health and Learning disability Nursing. Within this she developed and specialised in Complementary therapies this culminated in obtaining a degree in Herbal medicine. She is a qualified in Aromatherapy massage,Reflexology, Reiki level 1 and 2, Integrated Energy therapy, Indian head Massage, Hot stone massage. She currently runs her own practice offering herbal treatment and complementary therapies. She also works in the NHS specialising in complementary therapies for  people with Neurological impairment and  Brain injury.

Qualifiifying as a Medical Herbalist in 2004 she a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, NIMH-has been in existence since 1864, making it the oldest and most respected professional body of practising Medical Herbalists in the UK. 

Training as a Medical Herbalist
The course involved studying medical sciences at degree level, including subjects such as biochemistry, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, pathology and, of course, orthodox medicine and diagnostic skills.

A significant and important element of the course was the in-depth study of herbs and how individual herbs work within the body. The degree  required an undertaking to complete 500 hours of training at one of the herbal medicine training clinics in London, Middlesex and Edinburgh. This involved treating patients, under the supervision of a qualified herbalist, with a very wide range of illnesses, from cardiovascular diseases to autoimmune diseases, from digestive problems to skin problems.

Seeing and treating patients within the training clinics built a broad experience and understanding of how herbs can help many conditions and improve quality of life for many people.