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About Frances

Medical herbalist and
independent researcher

Frances Watkins BSc (Hons) PhD

Frances Watkins is a medical herbalist and a practitioner  member of both the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP).
     She is Lead of Marking at Betonica School of Herbal Medicine , Treasurer of the Herbal History Research Network (HHRN) and a practitioner mentor for NIMH and a student Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) at Betonica. Previously, Frances sat on the Accreditation Board for the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA, 
2016-2022), and was the Academic Adviser and Assessment Coordinator for the  Heartwood Professional Course (2017-2020) .

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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). This was laboratory based research and Frances has published papers on her research findings and continues to explore herbal remedies found in Old English and Latin medieval medical manuscripts.

As a herbal practitioner, Frances is particularly interested in 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 and if appropriate, can offer consultations via Zoom. Find out more about what a herbalist does and call Frances for a chat about a Western herbal medicine consultation.

A Reiki practitioner and teacher for over 20 years, Frances also has a keen interest in colour therapy and  how on a subconscious level, we are drawn  to and reject colours depending on what is happening in our lives. 

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