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'Primum non nocerum', first do no harm
- Hippocratic Oath.
 An oath taken by modern day Medical Herbalists at the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).

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Jemma Ward

Medical Herbalist, MNIMH.

Living Forest Row a village surrounded by the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. I work with people of all ages in a wide range of conditions and challenges. I specialise in men's health dealing with specific conditions relating to men. I work using preventative health care measures using the Western Herbal Medicine approach to support both common and complex conditions: BPH, IBS, IBD, skin conditions, hormonal imbalances, cardiovascular problems & fibromyalgia to mention a few conditions that I commonly see in clinical practice. I love preparing herbal prescriptions and creating individual treatment plans for all of my patients.

Children are most welcome for Herbal Medicine treatment and in most cases I work with one parent consecutively. 

I am a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) , The Association of Master Herbalists (AMH)  and The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)  After my graduation I have continued to attend CPD seminars and conferences with all of these institutions.

 At 18 years old I worked and travelled abroad teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). An avid traveller, my travels to South-East Asia, China, Japan, Australia and Bali sparked an interest in Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine and I realised that this would become my vocation.

When I returned to the UK, I worked for many years as Community Staff Nurse with the Royal Air Force Association Sussex Down (RAFA) and I trained in Complementary Therapy working at The Treatment Rooms in Brighton as a  LaStone massage therapist, reflexologist and aromatherapist.  My interest and employment in the realm of complementary healthcare inevitably led to my training in Medical Herbalism. 

I lean towards 'prevention rather than cure' as a personal health approach. I strive to become more resilient and resourceful in the management of my own physical, mental and spiritual health with the plants leading my way. There is so much knowledge that our ancestors used out of necessity, that we can restore, relearn and incorporate into our modern lives as a great privilege.

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 Qualifications

I completed the first year of my herbal degree studies at Westminster University in London 17 years ago. I was privileged to work at Napiers Herbal Healthcare Goodge Street, in London and until recently at Hamblys Natural Health Centre, in Wadhurst. Both experiences were educational and supportive to my herbal studies.  I had the great fortune to be taught by the late Christopher Hedley and many other great herbalists that are still alive today. I remember as busy, somewhat stressed, intensely studious mini-herbalists Christopher Hedley would remind us to 'Have fun and listen to the plants!' Literally taking us to Regents Park to complete our task. I became pregnant with my first child and decided to move out of the city. My studies took on a somewhat unconventional, domestic and practical approach. I used herbs in pregnancy and childbirth and for minor childhood illnesses.

 I am now  a qualified practitioner member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH.org.uk). 

I have a valid DBS certificate and am fully insured to practice the art and science of Western Herbal Medicine.

I have  delivered practical workshops for students of the Tribe Yoga School International entitled 'The Yoga of Herbs for Yogi's' and 'Supportive Herbal Heart Practices'. I have presented Herb Walks and Herb Talks for The Tribe Yoga School in India, Austria and in the UK. I enjoy teaching basic botany, 'Making & Taking' workshops and herb walks incorporating ID and plant safety for home-educated children within my local area. Please contact me via email for further details.

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Early Days

I was born in 1975 in the city of London, UK. To a Southern Irish mother and a Jamaican father. An unconventional pairing at the time. I was lucky enough to grow up in a busy household with five healthy and enigmatic siblings. We had many pets (as was quite the norm in the nineteen-eighties!) this beginning and a wholefoods diet ensured a healthy microbiome. I lived a robust healthy family life. With a great expanse of freedom, concealed to many children today.

I had a good education and have always enjoyed studying. As a child I loved reading and playing chess at county level, I loved horse riding and baking cakes.  During my childhood the herbs that I knew of were: dandelions, daisies, strawberry's, mint and nettle: nettle hair rinses, and homemade mint vinegar were a part of everyday home life. My father made us steam inhalations and gave us 'Cerosee tea' if we ever were ill. An intensely bitter experience, known as 'Bush tea'. A potent depurative, detoxifying blend not for the faint hearted! 

All of the common plants that some people consider weeds are to a herbalist plant-power houses; full of reliable and rich medicine. Start your plant journey today with Jemma at Tribe Herbs.

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Steiner Teacher & Home Educator

I trained  as  a Steiner Kindergarten Teacher at Steiner House in London with Lynne Oldfield and have immersed in anthroposophical studies to follow a Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling Approach supported by Imogen Fredrickson to educate my children. I appreciated learning about  Rudolf Steiner's influence on many systems of health. Biodynamic farming, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine. The revolutionary philosopher and teacher Rudolf Steiner was quoted as saying:

"For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure".

 

I have learnt so much about relating to the natural world, myth, fairytale and folklore  from having my own children.  I am pleased to share my understanding of the natural world with all children.

"You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are." - Rudolf Steiner.

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"There is little value in knowing plants, animals and minerals unless one can find the stars working in every one of them"

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).