Hi and welcome to my website. My name is Lara Jonasdottir and I am a Medical Herbalist who offers herbal consultations in Health and Herbs in Galway where I work 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 that facilitated my decision to pursue a career as a Medical Herbalist and this 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 have also since gained an 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). Currently I am undertaking a MSc in Clinical Education in NUIG in Galway.
I am a member of the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) (first established in 1864), and as a member of these institutes I follow their code of ethics and am actively engaged in their activities, including regular continuing professional development training.
In addition to my practice work, I also give talks and workshops on herbal topics 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.
Picture from my home country of Iceland (Hraunfossar in Húsafell)