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Herbalist

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Herbalists use plant-based (herbal) medicines to treat a range of health conditions such as stress, arthritis or allergies and skin, digestion and respiration related problems. Herbal medicines come in a variety of forms such as pills, creams or liquids.

The Work

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Pay

Most herbalists are self-employed or work on a freelance basis so their earnings will depend on the number of clients. They normally charge an hourly fee or sessional rate which can be £35 to £65 for an initial consultation and around £20 to £35 for subsequent consultations.

The cost of the medicines would be charged extra. At the start of their career they might only earn £6,000 a year, but if successful earnings can rise to over £30,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

Most herbalists are self-employed.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1957
2.1 %
RISE
2023
1998
  United Kingdom
2018
23888
2.7 %
RISE
2023
24523

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

Herbalists are sometimes called phytotherapists (‘phyto’ means plant or herb). The government does not regulate Herbalists. However, if they are registered with the NIMH they must be fully trained and insured.

It is important that Herbalists are properly trained and regulated since they need to know how certain herbs interact with conventional medicines, and any side effects that herbs can cause in individuals. Work is still on-going to set up the new statutory body to regulate the work of herbalists and accredit courses.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA)
Tel: 01684 291605
E-mail: info@ehpa.eu
Website: http://www.ehtpa.eu

National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)
Tel: 01392 426022
E-mail: info@nimh.org.uk
Website: http://www.nimh.org.uk/
Twitter: @NIMHHerbalist
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Institute-of-Medical-Herbalists/289417651127925

Scottish School of Herbal Medicine
Tel: 01770 820 338
Website: http://www.veganherbal.com/
Twitter: @Drimlabarraherb
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrimlabarraHerbFarm?fref=ts

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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Health and Medicine

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