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Botanica Health 26 High St Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8RY
+44 (0)1892 458289

Since childhood herbs and natural medicine have been a significant and poignant part of my life. From hedgerow to health, my childhood was punctuated by regular herb picking outings with my father and three sisters in the Highlands of Scotland where my family lived. One of my earliest recollections is making Coltsfoot syrup out of the honey-smelling yellow flowers in a barrel next to the Aga which was subsequently pressed out and used to alleviate coughs. Looking back, those days spent gathering herbs now hold a special place although at the time more than a little coercion was required: being boot-deep in a bog collecting bog bean (Menyanthes trifoliata), extremely useful for rheumatic and muscular pain, is not your average family outing.

These experiences plus a deep interest in science and nature led me to follow in my father’s footsteps, some 20 years later, to gain an honours degree of Bachelor of Science in Herbal Medicine, incredibly, under the same school principle as my father, Brian Lamb. I use herbal medicine to address a wide spectrum of modern ailments including IBS, insomnia and fertility problems. I have lectured to medics in Copenhagen on the use of medicinal herbs in Alzheimer’s disease, gained valuable experience in Whipscross Hospital, London on the dermatology ward and presented talks on a wholistic approach to cancer at the Nuffield Hospital. I also co-founded Newtritious Delicious, a highly successful cooking course which bridges the gap between food and medicine and traditional dietary principles and leading science.

As the daughter of Scotland's longest practicing medical herbalist I am the UK's only second generation herbalist. With a family history of doctors dating back nearly 200 years and a childhood where medicinal plants were first-line medicine, perhaps it is not surprising that I followed in my father’s footsteps. I have a life time of first-hand experience observing the power of herbs for a wide variety of health conditions. With over 15 years of working experience in botanical medicine I aim to support, stimulate and enable a journey of healing and recovery.

To achieve the frequently astounding results that I get with clients I combine evidence-based science with traditional botanical wisdom, help to create a framework of good nutrition as the bedrock to robust health, suggest stress management strategies and arrange medical laboratory testing as appropriate.

My approach works as you can read from my client testimonials

I was exhausted with a list of ailments which included, insomnia, water retention, extreme PMS, weekly weight fluctuation, heat sensitivity, aching joints. The list seemed endless. A few days into this treatment, I awoke and felt restored, something, which I had not experienced for a very long time Sophie has naturally restored me to my positive self, through a simple, supportive and uncomplicated path. She has a wealth of knowledge and is extremely supportive. Thank you Sophie, I feel very blessed to have met you.

I suffered from four to five headaches or migraines every week for many years. I have been having headaches since I was a teenager and they were getting worse and more regular. I have been to countless doctors and specialists, all to no avail and the cause was never found. I have had acupuncture and have seen osteopaths which have not helped as much as your herbal medicine. I noticed within the first week of taking a specific combination of herbs that you made for me that I had less headaches and now they are rare when they were a huge part of my life previously. Herbs have helped me like nothing else has. Thank you so much.
Sarah

After one year without conceiving, I started to think perhaps things weren't right quite... It transpired I wasn't ovulating. I was sceptical at first - I had never heard of a herbalist before. But I'm grateful to Sophie for some great dietary advice and herbal treatment thanks to which I have two happy, healthy little boys, the second of which, Ruaridh, arrived in early August - about a year after I first spoke to Sophie!
Anon

I can't thank or recommend Sophie enough for her advice and help. I had been struggling with IBS which had progressively got worse. The Dr then diagnosed colitis and suggested steroids…My turning point was being able to travel again with no worries about being caught short or having any problems. I have my life back. Thank you x

Client

I consulted with Sophie as I needed help with a number of problems but she quickly identified that my insomnia was the first thing that needed to be dealt with… After a very short time I got full, restorative sleep back. I now need my husband's alarm to wake me up! I am so happy that I made the decision to book an appointment with Sophie, it has been life changing

Lorraine

Before I met Sophie, I struggled with my weight for years. I tried every diet and even starved myself at times, I had no energy and would get dizzy and tired…She helped me to change my relationship with food and encouraged me to enjoy it. I followed all her tips and I instantly started to feel better in myself, I now have more energy and feel like I can live again. I have a greater sense of well being and I'm losing weight in a steady, healthy and realistic way. I can't thank Sophie enough, she is amazing!
Anon

About 6 months ago, I was exhausted with a list of ailments which included, insomnia, water retention, extreme PMS, weekly weight fluctuation, heat sensitivity, aching joints…the list seemed endless…I would never have thought that sleep deprivation could have caused such a web of health issues and how this would affect my outlook on everything. Sophie has naturally restored me to my positive self, through a simple, supportive and uncomplicated path. She has a wealth of knowledge and is extremely supportive. Thank you Sophie, I feel very blessed to have met you.

Client

I was facing the prospect of assisted conception but with the advice and support from Sophie I didn't have to go down that route. I have had hormonal issues since my teenage years and knew that falling pregnant would be problematic.The doctors ran all of their standard tests and I was referred for assisted conception (IUI then IVF). My initial consultation with Sophie comprised a number of questions about my health, diet and lifestyle. She suggested I make changes to my diet, which I took on board immediately, and take a hormone regulator tonic. To my delight it didn't take long before the pregnancy test came up positive. It was a dream come true.
Iona P.

Sophie is a caring, generous individual. I would highly recommend her to anyone having fertility issues. Words cannot express how grateful I am to her, her compassion and knowledge are appreciated immensely!

Client

There was no doubt my body was healing and I felt much healthier. The hardest part has actually been in believing that I could heal so quickly. I really cannot thank Sophie enough for her expertise, practical guidance and calm, compassionate reassurance. I am very grateful to her and to the team at Botanica, a sincere thank you!
Anon

First and foremost, Sophie listened… She gave me some precious advice about my diet and herbal support. Within a year, I no longer had PCOS and soon conceived our beautiful baby girl… Sophie enabled us to achieve our dream in a natural way. I am forever grateful.

Client

I've always wanted a big family and after suffering two miscarriages I was fearful this might never happen. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2009...I realised there was a link between my condition and my miscarriages I was distraught. I truly believe Erin (my daughter) wouldn't be here without the guidance and advice from Sophie. Sophie is a caring, generous individual. I would highly recommend her to anyone having fertility issues. Words cannot express how grateful I am to her, her compassion and knowledge are appreciated immensely!
Anon