About Frances

Medical herbalist and
independent researcher

Frances Watkins BSc (Hons) PhD

Frances Watkins is a medical herbalist and member of both the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP). She sits on the Accreditation Board for the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA) and is Treasurer for the Herbal History Research Network (HHRN). Previously, Frances was Academic Adviser and Assessment Coordinator for the  Heartwood Professional Course (2017-2020) .

2021-08-28 16.37_edited.png

Frances studied at Middlesex University in the UK gaining a first class BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine (2009) and completed her doctorate at the University of East London (UEL) investigating antimicrobials from native British plants listed in 10th century Anglo-Saxon wound healing formulations (2013). Frances has published papers on her herbal research here.


Particular areas of interests include menopause and executive stress although patients seek herbal medicine for many different reasons including insomnia, chronic skin conditions and immune support.

Frances practises Western herbal medicine in Bushey, Kings Langley, St. Albans and Watford in Hertfordshire. Find out more about what a herbalist does and book a herbal medicine consultation with Frances here.

A Reiki practitioner and teacher, Frances also has an interest in colour therapy. 

Screenshot 2020-05-15 at 15.15.09.png
Screenshot 2020-05-15 at 15.14.30.png