• Andrea is a Western Medical Herbalist with a clinic in Worthing, West Sussex.

    Medical Herbalists are highly trained in the medical sciences and prescribe medicinal plants with the aim of reinstating balance within the body rather than suppressing symptoms.

    The aim of this website is to give as much information as possible concerning the practice of Herbal Medicine and what to expect when you consult a Western Medical Herbalist.

    If after browsing this site you are still unsure if Herbal Medicine can help, please contact me.

April 9th Herbal Medicine Workshop- The Digestive System

MeadowsweetHow to use herbs as infusions and decoctions now taking bookings for the next course April 2016 Herbs for the Digestive System Focusing on the use of herbs in the form of teas, tisanes and decoctions to support the digestive system as their primary action and layering into secondary actions on the nervous system Plenty of Tea tasting involved, case history discussion and lots of…
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Ground Ivy – Glechoma hederacea

Here she is, pushing up in the woodland, look out for her in all sorts of places, such as hedgerows, and damp meadows, once you know her you’ll see her again and again as she is very common in the UK. This hairy, creeping perennial of the Labiate ( mint) family will reward you with beautiful pale violet/blue flowers from March to June, the aerial…
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Galium aparine – Everlasting Friendship

2015-04-25 10.16.32The country names of some plants are beautiful, I prefer to call this herb by its name of everlasting friendship rather than the more commonly known Goose Grass. Galium aparine grows often with nettle in the spring, climbing, crawling  and clinging on to other plants and walls with the tiny curved bristles on its stem. The species name aparine comes from the words  ‘to seize’…
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How to make Marshmallow root and Mullein flower syrup

Marshmallow root and Mullein flower syrupHere is how to make a basic cough syrup from Marshmallow root and Mullein flower although you could just as easily use the leaves of either plant here instead. This tasty syrup will be best suited for use in helping dry, tight, sore, stuck coughs and it can also be used to ease a sore throat. Marshmallow root  from Althea officinalis is highly mucilaginous, this…
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Top Herbs to help you through the Winter..

We are well and truly in the throes of the bug season now with people coughing and sneezing and blowing into hankies with noses redder than rudolphs… I am always being asked for cold and flu herb mixtures and this year I have run a record amount of workshops teaching people how to make their own winter medicine kits. However, not everyone can travel to…
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Rosehip Oxymel

2014-09-14 10.21.12Oxymels are a combination of herbs mixed with unpasturised apple cider vinegar and honey. This type of preparation is quite ancient, the name deriving from the Latin oxymeli meaning “acid and honey” Hippocrates made reference to this type of herbal preparation, they were also used in Medieval Persia and our own tradition of Western Herbal Medicine with Culpepper giving some recipes too. To make an…
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Autumn Workshop’s 2014 – creating your medicine chest

2014-08-12 15.39.24The Elderberries are early this year, as are the Hawthorn berries, already soft and ready to harvest. The Sloes are looking good too! These medicines are of the 2nd Harvest to me, first the flowers and ariel parts, now the berries, seeds  and finally later the roots. So, the wheel turns and as I feel the nip in the air at night I am reminded…
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Making Hypericum ( St. Johns wort) Infused Oil

Place flowers in a jar and  cover with Sunflower or Olive OilSt Johns wort or Hypericum perforatum is a herb that has received much media attention due to it’s ability to work with the serotonin receptors and also it’s effect on the liver pathway which serves to clear certain toxin’s ( including some pharmaceutical drugs) from the system more effectively. Due to this attention, many people have become wary of using this herb. I say that…
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Balms, Lotions & Potions

Add essential oilHealing Balms, Lotions & Potions   Come and make your own Healing Balms, Creams and Gels in this very hands on, practical workshop Learn how to make your own Herb Oil’s as a starting material Use Aromatic Waters and Essential Oils in your preparations Take home your own handmade products with hand outs and recipes Compare ready made base products with making your own and…
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Springtime Roadside Medicine

Shepherds Purse.
Flowering in springtime, a known styptic. Stops excessive bleeding, often menstrual bleeding. Later in the year the flowers turn to seed pods resembling little purses, hence the name.Many great Plant Medicines quietly grow amongst the hustle and bustle of daily human life without being acknowledged or even observed. There are many blog posts about Hedgerow medicine, but it struck me today as I walked in the sunshine on my way to collect my little boy from School, how many Herbal Medicines I walk past every day and thus am inspired to blog…
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  • Andrea Hughes

    Andrea Hughes Bsc (hons) MNIMH, MCPP is a Western Medical Herbalist with a clinic in Worthing, West Sussex, UK
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    I have never written a testimonial as I am not one for sharing on computers but today I realised there must be many mums, wives,people going through the same pre christmas franticness that I am . After many years of working together wonderful Andrea has helped me get better by being not just a herbalist but an amazing teacher of life. Breathe through christmas and bathe in epsom salts thank you Andrea for reminding me life is so simple if you let it be Aimie – Worthing
    The Herbalist who saved Christmas