Terrill Dobson, BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH, ITEC, CGP
Terrill received four years of training in Herbal Medicine from the highly respected Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from the University of Wales. Terrill is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and holds ITEC qualifications in Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy. Terrill is also a GAPS practitioner, trained by Dr Natasha Campbell MacBride, to help people with gut problems, especially as they relate to psychological (e.g.: autism, Aspergers etc.) and physiological (e.g.: autoimmune) problems.
My husband and I bought Logie in late 1999 where we took over a farm covering about 340 acres, 180 of which are arable. When we arrived, with our three children, we converted our farm to organic. When we arrived the garden was quite pretty, though certainly not organic friendly. But the greenhouse was amazing, just begging to be developed into something quite special.
At this time I was lecturing in computing in Dundee (having come from a background in healthcare quality in the States). I decided to make some changes in my life and do something that I really wanted to do. I’ve always been interested in natural health and living on an organic farm I thought I’d study herbal medicine with a mind to growing medicinal herbs organically. This entailed a four year BSc (Hons) degree (2005-2009) during which I studied botany, medicine, pharmacology and of course the herbs.
I enjoyed the study of herbal medicine but found that I much preferred working with people and herbs rather than just as a grower. So when I graduated I decided to practice and create my practice round the garden and to use it to help people learn more about this ancient art. So I planted out my study herbs into a demonstration garden and took over some space in our converted potting shed for my practice.
Since 2009 I’ve been busy building up my practice and helping the local community learn more about Herbal Medicine. I give talks to community groups and last year helped the Ninewells Comunity Garden, located in the grounds of the hospital in Dundee, establish a small physic garden. I’ve also been active within my profession on the Council of my professional organisation, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, overseeing their accreditation and admissions process. Currently, I also sit on the Accreditation Board of the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA) and we oversee the standards of herbal training institutions as well as advise the government’s investigations into the regulation of herbal medicine.
My work with the Ninewells Community Garden has reminded me of the tremendous benefit of gardening for health and wellbeing. I’m now a trustee for that garden and we are developing it into a horticulture therapy resource for the hospital and Dundee. As may be apparent from my background, I believe it’s important to always keep learning and growing (pun intended).