Lois Campbell

Herbal Medicine Student

Hello, I’m Lois, and here is a little bit about me.

After many years working in the public sector, I decided a few years ago to take early retirement. This gave me the opportunity to explore a developing passion – Herbal Medicine.

I have always grown herbs in the garden, along with vegetables – mainly those usually used for culinary purposes. I did not at first realise their therapeutic potential, though I had always been an advocate for holistic health, wellbeing and nutrition. Then about 7 years ago I saw an advert for herbal workshops run by a qualified herbalist. This included a herbal walk, which completely opened my eyes to the abundance of nature – providing us with beneficial plants everywhere. These were the very same plants that I had been weeding up for years. Hooked immediately, I continued with regular workshops until very recently, even after starting the BSc Honours degree in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln. One of the reasons I signed up to do the degree was because although I had become proficient at making products from herbs and plant identification – I needed to know why they worked and more about their complex properties. I am undertaking the degree course on a part time basis, now starting the final year out of five years needed to complete the course part time. Doing the course part time allows me the space to attend additional conferences and seminars, plus running our own Fenland Natural Health workshops etc. This builds on my previous work experience which includes facilitating staff workshops, though on very different subjects. I have now been running my own herbal workshops for several years, and one of the things I so enjoy, is passing on knowledge and enthusiasm about herbal health, so that more people can get the benefits for themselves and their families.