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Lara Jonasdottir

Lara Jonasdottir

Lara Jonasdottir

Medical Herbalist BSc, MSc (Clin. Ed.)

Hello and welcome to my website

I am Medical Herbalist who offers herbal consultations in Dr Clare Apothecary in Galway alongside Dr. Dílis Clare and her clinical team.

My interest in Herbal Medicine began during my floristry training at the Agricultural University of Iceland (my home country) where I was introduced to the fascinating world of plants, their structure and uses. Following on from this, and after having worked in flower shops as a florist for a number of years, I decided to make a career change by working as a dispenser in a herbal pharmacy in Iceland. It was this, as well as longstanding health issues from childhood, that facilitated my decision to pursue a career as a Medical Herbalist which led me to move to London to study Herbal Medicine.

I qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster after having undertaken training in multiple subjects including herbal therapeutics, herbal materia medica, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, phytochemistry, nutrition, research methods, clinical skills and diagnostics, and botany. I also hold ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma, ITEC Reflexology Diploma, ITEC Sport Massage Diploma, as well as Indian Head and Pregnancy Massage Certificates.

Through my various studies my interest in Herbal Medicine has only grown stronger which is why I furthered my studies via the Centre for Herbal Studies 2 year online programme taught by the renowned American Herbalist, David Winston, as well as the Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health Course taught by another great American herbal practitioner Dr. Aviva Romm (MD, Midwife and a Herbalist). I hold a MSc in Clinical Education from NUIG in Galway (Ireland).

I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) (first established in 1864), and follow their code of ethics. I frequently engage in their activities as well as attending regularly continuing professional development training.

In addition to practice work, I work with Heartwood which is a UK based online training programme which offers high quality herbal medicine training. I also frequently offer talks and workshops on numerous topics, including herbal medicine, clinical education as well as carrying out herb walks in various locations.

If you think I can be of any assistance to you or if you have any questions then please feel free to contact me.