The editors of Tilia Magazine represent a cross section of herbalists in the UK and Ireland today.
Laura Carpenter began a BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine in 2003 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), but due to family commitments stopped in 2004. She completed the BSc course at the University of East London (UEL) in 2013. Laura is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), is a past editor of NIMH’s Herbal Thymes magazine, and past member of the Postgraduate training board. Laura has a passion for native British medicinal plants and specialises in helping patients with endometriosis. She practices from her home clinic in Wellington, Somerset, England.
Dafydd graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2014 and practices in rural North Wales. An independent herbalist, he is a keen promoter of grass roots medicine making and herbal activism, which he promotes through community engagement and teaching an 8 month course to the general public. He aims to grow most of his medicines and is keen on ‘muddy boots’ herbalism.
Marie Reilly has over 12 years experience as a Medical Herbalist. She qualified at the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and subsequently completed the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine Masters Degree Programme, having conducted her research dissertation on the treatment of female functional infertility with herbal medicine. She has also studied endobiogenic medicine with Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz, and Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
Marie has taught on both the BSc Herbal Sciences course at CIT and the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine at the Irish College of Phytotherapy. She has lectured at the Herbal Sciences Symposium at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT); at Botanica 2014 (Trinity College Dublin); and at the National Institute of Medical Herbalists Annual Conference. She has also provided numerous CPD seminars on various subjects for practitioners of herbal medicine.
Marie is currently the Director of The Lismore Clinic, a multidisciplinary health centre in Co. Waterford, Ireland, where she also runs a busy herbal medicine practice. She is also the Co-ordinator of the Lismore Community First Response Team, a voluntary service, which she runs in conjunction with a Medical Doctor and Paramedic, to provide emergency first aid in the local community. She is currently collaborating with other practitioners of herbal medicine to provide Herbal Medicine First Aid at festivals in Ireland.
Dawn Ireland is a practicing medical herbalist in Torbay, Devon, and a member of the URHP and CPP. She has written articles for a number of magazines on herb related subjects. Apart from running her practice in Torquay, Devon, she teaches at the local adult education college, and runs a business creating natural vegan and herbal skincare products established in 2003, Green Wyse. Dawn promotes herbalism by offering talks, herb walks and workshops to various groups in the local area.
Peter Jackson-Main is a Herbalist, Naturopath, Iridologist, lecturer and author. In 1995 he was a founder member, and for eleven years Chairman, of the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH), and is now a fellow of the Association, as well as of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists (International). From 1996 to 2012 he was a council member of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), in which capacity he was closely involved in the development of the UK profession, including the writing of the common core curriculum for UK herbalists, and was a delegate at two out of the three regulatory consultations hosted by the government on herbal medicine.
He is currently Course Director for the Herbal Medicine program at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), and in the autumn of 2015 was also appointed the College’s Academic Director. His book, Practical Iridology, published in 2004, is now in its third edition and has been translated into twelve languages. He practises in Cambridge (his home town) and London.