• Betonica Herbal Apprenticeship

    Laura runs the new apprenticeship style herbal medicine training programme, a 4 year course based in the Somerset/Devon area.
    The programme syllabus covers a wide range of topics, from materia medica, botany and pharmacology, to anatomy and physiology and clinical skills (to name just a few). We are passionate about community clinics and education, organic growing and field to dispensary medicine.

  • Workshops

    Laura will be running workshops throughout the year on various topics, from winter remedies to herb harvesting and preserving. For more information visit the workshops page.

  • Laura Carpenter MNIMH

    Laura Carpenter is a medical herbalist, based in Wellington, Somerset. She runs free herb walks once a month across Somerset, from April – October, and workshops, courses and talks throughout the year.

  • Herb walks

    Find out about herb walks and other herbal events in Somerset. Laura runs one hour herb walks once a month from April – October. See the herb walks page for more up to date information.

  • Distance Learning Courses

    Laura has a selection of distance learning courses ranging from herbal home remedies to herbal apprenticeship level. If you are unable to attend her workshops, you are able to make your own creams, ointments, tinctures and more, from the comfort of your own home.

  • Videos

    Take a look at my herbal videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

About Laura

Laura Carpenter

Laura Carpenter gained a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the regulating body for medical herbalists, established in 1864.

NIMH members adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice...

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What is herbal medicine?

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of plant based medicines to restore and maintain health.

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world, with over 80% of the world's population using herbal medicine as their only form of medicine (WHO statistic).

In the UK, herbal medicine is often seen as...

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Chaga – remember to be sustainable

If you’ve ever read any of my blogs you will know I have a real passion for medicinal mushrooms, especially British ones. Just as we need to protect our medicinal plants from over harvesting, the same goes for our medicinal mushrooms. Chaga has become a ‘wonder treatment’ for just about

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Making herbal gifts for the festive season

If you’re into making presents, take a look at the following ideas for some herbal themed gifts. 1. For budding cooks and chefs – herbal oils and vinegars. A really simple one to start, simply add a herb such as rosemary, thyme, chilli or garlic to a bottle of oil

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Herb and health research – October and November 2016

This month the following research articles on herbs and health have caught my eye. 1. In laboratory studies, an extract of the medicinal mushroom Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) was found to protect liver cells. 2. In another medicinal mushroom study this month Lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) was found to not

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Learning to make natural soap – it’s not so scary after all!

Yesterday I forayed into an area that I’ve never been before, soap making, using the cold process method. I’ve made soap before (many years ago), using the ‘melt and pour’ method, where you buy a pre-made soap base and then melt it using a double boiler, you can then add

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