About Rachel Hull
Hi. I'm Rachel Hull, Clinical Herbalist and owner of The Urban Herbalist in East Geelong. I'm passionate about helping people feel their best with support from herbal medicines, whole foods and lifestyle suggestions. You'll find that although I'm health conscious, I am not extreme or obsessive with my suggestions. I have a lovely, home based clinic and garden, which I would love you to visit one day. However, with the current uncertainty around coronavirus, I have decided to run ONLINE consultations only for a few months. We can meet via Zoom & remedies can be posted to you (or picked up from the clinic). I look forward to supporting you and meeting you soon.
Background & Qualifications
Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)
Module 1 (Musculoskeletal System) - Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
Module 2 (Musculoskeletal System) - Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
Certificate of Attendance (Ayurveda Diploma) - Ayurveda College
Certificate 1V Yoga Teacher - Yoga Arts
Diploma of Remedial Massage (1989)
Herbal Medicine Training
In 2018, I graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) with a Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine). Although I practice and am qualified as a Western Herbalist, I am also influenced by my exposure to Yoga and Ayurveda (plus the first year of a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) degree). I am fully insured and a practicing member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).
I do understand that it is a big commitment to visit a new health practitioner. I can say that I absolutely love getting to know my clients and will do my very best to support you through any phase of life you find yourself in, or any health issues you are dealing with. If you are wondering if I may be able help you, feel free to book a free 15 minute Discovery Call. This will give you a chance to let me know what has been occurring for you, find out a bit more about how the consultations work, and to decide if you would like my help. I won't make false claims of magical cures but I will do my very best to support you using herbal medicines, food as medicine and lifestyle modifications. You can book an appointment or a Free 15 Minute Discovery Call via the button below.
Western Herbal Medicine
Western Herbalists are healthcare professionals who blend traditional plant knowledge with modern day health science. Originally from Europe (influenced by Egypt and the Middle East), Great Britain and North America, Western Herbal Medicine now incorporates plants from a variety of countries and traditions. Along with herbal medicine, Herbalists also provide lifestyle and dietary support (via "food as medicine"), to provide a truly holistic service.
Professional Herbalists aim to treat people rather than disease. This is an important concept to grasp because people are individuals, with different habits, diets and circumstances occurring in their lives - even if they have the same 'disease' or 'condition'. As a professional Herbalist, I aim to address you as a whole person and am as interested in your mind, vitality, lifestyle, habits and emotions as I am in your physical body.
A Herbal Medicine Consultation May Help
If you are feeling moody, anxious, mildly depressed or fatigued.
If you can't sleep at night.
Are a woman struggling with hormonal issues such as premenstrual mood swings, perimenopausal/ menopausal symptoms eg: hot flushes/sweats, fatigue, poor libido, dryness and other intimate issues.
Have digestive bloating, nausea, cramping, diarrhoea, constipation or indigestion.
If you are dealing with a long term chronic health condition eg: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol problems, osteoarthritis etc.
Have recurring colds, sinus problems or seasonal hayfever.
Feel rundown or not as vibrant as you would like.
Consult a Qualified Herbalist
Unfortunately, the internet and social media are rife with unqualified people giving advice about herbal medicine. This includes people who have done short courses run by multi level marketing companies. Just because something worked for one person doesn't mean it will work, or is appropriate for someone else. Qualified Herbalists train for years and are fully insured. so please check the qualifications of anyone offering herbal medicine advice. I am fully insured and a member of the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).
Herbal Remedies & Quality
Western herbalists prescribe liquid extracts (called tinctures or fluid extracts), teas/infusions, decoctions, tablets, capsules, oils, creams, steams or pessaries (as appropriate). I use a range of high quality practitioner only liquid herbs and products that are registered or listed with the TGA (Therapeutics Goods Association). I also make some products myself, which are dispensed after a consultation. I always choose certified organic herbs where possible.
It is important to note that herbs purchased cheaply over the internet from overseas do not have the same safety checks and standards that apply with herbs listed or registered with the TGA in Australia. Also, raw herbs for sale on the global herb market are graded for quality. The ones rejected by ethical companies can still end up being sold to less scrupulous manufacturers and end up in cheap products. There are also sustainability issues with some herbs. An ethical Herbalist will be aware of these and make other suggestions if possible.
Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations
Lifestyle, exercise & healthy food are important, which is why I also suggest simple dietary & lifestyle advice where appropriate. Nothing extreme - just simple, common sense advice and tips on how to incorporate 'food as medicine' into your life.
Mineral Therapy & Bach Flower Essences
I also work with low dose minerals, in the form of Celloid Mineral Therapy, as well as Bach Flower Essences for extra emotional support.