Meet the Herbalist

Andrea Hughes Medical Herbalist at Herba Medica

Andrea graduated from the respected College of Phytotherapy (University of Wales) with an Honours Degree in Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.


I have been in practice as a Herbalist since 2003 and as well as consultations offer seminars and workshops in Herbal Medicine.

I have talked a number of times on both Splash FM and Southern Counties Radio and have written articles for publication.

As a qualified Holistic & Clinical Aromatherapist, since 1997, I have great experience in the field of complementary health, graduating from the Institute of Traditional Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine (ITHMA) a course accredited by the IFPA.

Whilst studying for my degree in Herbal Medicine, I worked as a dispensary technician at Ainsworths Homoeopathic Pharmacy and was involved in the manufacture of both Homoeopathic Medicines and Bach Flower Essences.

I regularly attend Seminars and update my knowledge continuously.

I am currently working towards certification as a Functional Medicine Practitioner and have completed the AFMCP intensive course in London -2015. Please see the Functional Medicine page for further information.

I am also keenly interested in Nutrition and so have also undertaken further CPD training in this area and continue to update my knowledge whenever possible.



On a personal note,  I am Mum to two wonderful boys and enjoy spending as much time as I can with my boys, husband and dog, often dragging them out for ‘Nature Walks’ where they humour me by helping to gather herbs, as Herbal Medicine is as much a part of their lives as it is mine!

I am also an obsessive Swimmer and lover of Water in all it’s forms!

Before I became a Herbalist I was a Horse Rider and Trainer until an accident left me in chronic pain. My path to healing came via Osteopathy, Reflexology, Essential Oils and Herbs – hence the realisation of  my vocation – to train as a Medical Herbalist. I saw my first patient the day after receiving my insurance to practice and have been in practice ever since.

Andrea and Theo at the Chalice WellAndy and the boysTheo and Mac 2011the scientistDad and the kids