About Roots to Health

Roots to Health is a small herbal clinic with a front shop, situated in the lovely market town Honiton, Devon. The clinic was first set up in 2015 by medical Herbalist Jayne Palmer, who had the vision of brining herbal medicine onto the high street. Today Roots to Health is a busy, successful clinic, with many patients, and customers in the shop. The clinic houses several herbalists, who practice from this space.

Scroll down to meet the herbalists behind Roots to Health!

Jayne Palmer BSc MNIMH

As a child, my mother used to tell me of the medical uses of some of the wild flowers we used to see when out on country walks. I remember being excited and amazed that these pretty flowers could actually heal you. She in turn got her knowledge from her grandfather who was head gardener at Arundel Castle during the war; his knowledge about plants and Sussex folklore was legendary.

I got my first herb book at the age of 8, but it wasn’t until much later, when I was working at a local wholefood shop, that I thought of taking my passion about herbs to a professional level; up until then I was content with the wonders of home remedies and how they helped my family and friends. Working at the wholefood shop, I found that I could only help people on a basic level from behind a counter. I wanted access to more herbs and to give people extended in-depth consultations to get to the root of their problem.

In 1998 I started at the School of Phytotherapy founded by Hein H Zeylstra, who, along with other members of the national institute of medical herbalists, brought herbal medicine out of the realms of folklore and placed it firmly amongst the sciences with extensive research and in-depth education. I didn’t realise at the time, but the degree I started was the first ever degree designed for Phytotherapy.

While training, I worked at Ottery Wholefoods where I was given a position as herbal advisor. I also gave talks on medicinal herbs to various groups and led herb walks which I still do today.

I set up my own practice once I qualified and also worked for NHS Direct as a health advisor.Ten years ago I took a job at Honiton Surgery as health care assistant and a couple of years later I was promoted to Lead Health Care Assistant. Here, I worked along side GPs, working my own clinics where I performed clinical tests and gave health advice to a wide range of people.

As a herbalist and primary care worker, I can give my patients the advantage of treatment and advice which I have gained from both professions over the last 25 years.

 

Jonas Brab

I have long been interested in the connection between humans and nature and have spent years exploring these in different ways. After finishing my BSc in forestry I worked for years in outdoor education, teaching foraging, crafts and knowledge about the natural world.

In 2015 I then started on my training to become a herbalist, after spending some time on a herb farm and being inspired by the abilities and potentials of plants as medicine. I studied for 6 years with the School of Herbal Medicine and concluded my studies 2021 with distinction.

During my time as a student, I worked as a carer and gained experience doing herbal first aid on festivals and I started working with Jayne, first as a student and then later on as a herbalist.

Today I see patients, make herbal tinctures and others products, give talks and teach from time to time for the School of Herbal Medicine. My personal interests also benefit my patients as I am passionate about tasty & healthy food, sleep, movement, rest and enjoyment of life, and I believe that these elements are fundamental to good health.