Welcome to The Association of Master Herbalists

The Association of Master Herbalists was founded in 1995. The Association has from the beginning, had a strong affinity to the North American eclectic school, notably Dr John R Christopher who was the founder of the School of Natural Healing in 1953. The school in the USA continues to this day to run it’s traditional Master Herbalist training based on the work of Dr Christopher.

Master Herbalists are registered members of the AMH (Association of Master Herbalists) who have qualified after a suitably recognised professional training which is to a degree or equivalent level with over 2,500 hours of classroom based study with an additional 500 hours of clinical patient training. All members are fully insured and work to a strict code of conduct and ethics. The AMH-registered practitioner attends yearly CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses to update and enhance their practice skills.

The members of the Association of Master Herbalists, (AMH), practice a form of Natural Healing which includes Herbal Medicine and a blend of Naturopathic techniques such as detoxification, nutrition, hydrotherapy, fasting and other ways to assist the patient back to health.


There are sections on the site about the history of the Association of Master Herbalists, about its forefathers and preceptors – Dr Christopher and Dr Schulze, and about how this natural healing process has evolved and is practiced in the UK today.

Diagnosis & Treatment

You can find out about the different diagnostic tools and methods used by a Master Herbalist to facilitate the healing of their patients.

AMH 2019 Conference and AGM

You are invited to our conference and AGM, which this year will take place at the Town Hall & Corn Exchange in Hungerford Berkshire from 10am on 7th September 2019.

Our guest speaker will be Nathaniel Hughes, herbalist and author of Weeds in the Heart.

FREE to AMH Members or £25 to non-members

Nathaniel is a Medical Herbalist and Naturopathic Healer

Nathaniel has been guiding people deeper into their herbal intuition for fifteen years, and more recently running a seven year long apprenticeship weaving these skills into a professional training program. Through a background in chemistry and pharmacology he very quickly saw the profound limits of reductive approaches to understanding plants and soon after graduating at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine started to dive deeply into the possibility that we can put the direct learnings from the plants at the absolute centre of our practice.

He has now published two books about his work ‘Intuitive Herbalism’ and ‘Weeds in the Heart’ and runs a thriving school developing robust skills rooted in experience, intuition, phenomenology and, most importantly, empathy. A major part of all these courses is a training in conscious bodywork, emerging from an understanding that the integration of deeply somatised trauma is a core part of any healing process.

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Weeds in the Heart Book Series

The first book in the series titles the Intuitive Herblism is now in its second (enlarged and improved) edition!

Herbalist Nathaniel Hughes and artist Fiona Owen have worked together for five years. This book is the first in the series ‘Weeds in the Heart’ in which Nathaniel opens a doorway into the world of plant healing accompanied by rich illuminations from Fiona Owen.

His second Book “Weeds in the Heart” was released in 2016.

The approach outlined in the books is the distillation of over ten years teaching experience leading people into more intuitive relationships with plants.

We explore what it means to let go of any preconceptions of a plant and meet it in our truth and our vulnerability. Within this meeting between our honest-selves and the plant is a unique relationship, apparently subtle at first, but growing quickly as we nurture it with our awareness and care.

We explore how our dream worlds, accessed both in sleep and consciously through journeying, can quickly deepen this relationship and how, in the chapter ‘Hall of Mirrors’, there is medicine in moving though our own layers of projection.

This is many lifetimes work, but we hope that our first book helps opens some doors into both plant wisdom and healing for you.

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Find a Herbalist

This website has been created to allow you to find qualified herbalists and to help you get a good understanding of herbal medicine and its unique contribution to healing and good health in general.

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You can access information about the current members of the Association’s Council.

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See our Events Page to keep up to date with CPD events, conferences and AGM’s.

Conference Details

Intuitive Herbalism – An experience of whole body knowing

Nathaniel is very excited about this event and its many opportunities to teach, develop new friendships and network with the AMH….

“This will be a highly experiential day, weaving together small group exercises, herb meetings and stories from twenty years of experience helping people access and trust in their intuitive knowing.

Intuition itself can’t be taught – but the blocks to hearing it can certainly be deconstructed … we’ll be offering a day to inspire you to dive deeper into your own intuition and into the infinite possibilities for healing and insight within every plant.

Whilst I’ll obviously share my experiences, the focus of the day is to hear from you how you might clarify and work more deeply with your intuition. I look forward to learning from you!”


10.00 – 11.15 – Introduction to our work at the School of Intuitive Herbalism

Open discussion forum – Possibilities, pitfalls, projections, significance of innate / professional intuition.

11.15 – 11.45 – Tea break

11.45 – 1.00 – Exploring (through exercises and stories) whole-body intuition and its significance in herbalism.

Short review of Intuitive research

1.00 – 2.30 – Lunch ( 90 min )

2.30 – 3.45 – Herb meditations in smaller groups.

Deconstructing sabotage mechanisms – trusting and recognising intuition

3.45 – 4.15 –  Tea break

4.15 – 5.30 – Weaving all together – the golden thread in healing and the significance of the the practitioner as witness and plant as teacher.

The lecture will be a very interactive talk with samples and testers of plants.

Nathaniel will be bringing his books and they will be on sale.

For booking and enquiries, please contact Alicia Sawaya by email at (aliciasawaya.uk@gmail.com), Telephone: 01932 344604.

The Venue

Hungerford is a small, and very beautiful, historic market town. Nestled in the centre of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and towards the west edge of West Berkshire, it’s surrounded by green space and rolling fields.

Within the town, known internationally for its antique shops, we’ve a wide selection of independent retailers and boutiques, cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants.

There are many things to do in the area. Canal boats are docked on the Kennet canal that winds through the town. Grain farms surround the town which is minutes away from the ancient woods of Savernake Forest. Situated near the border of Wiltshire it is only a 15 minute drive to the famous market town Marlborough and from there another 10 minutes to the village of Avebury and the standing stones.

Getting there

Hungerford railway station is across the street to the town hall and about an hour’s journey from London central and links to the West Country, Oxford and Reading. Excellent road connections from all areas and easy parking.

There are a variety of accommodations in the town which would only be a few minutes walking distance to the venue.

Venue Address

The Town Hall and Corn Exchange

High Street
RG17 0NF

For more details see website: http://www.hungerfordtownandmanor.co.uk