Jessie Martelhof BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) MNIMH
20-22 Gloucester Place
07855348287 / 07855348287
I am a qualified Consulting Medical Herbalist with a BSc degree in Herbal Medicine with first-class honours and I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. I offer one-to-one consultations at About Balance in central Brighton and at the Brighton Apothecary.
Herbal Medicine is the use of whole plant medicines to treat ill-health. I can offer support with a wide range of health conditions (see below). I am passionate about helping people take back control over their health with the help of herbs, nutrition and lifestyle management. I believe herbal medicines can work deeply to aid the body's own healing processes.
What can Herbal Medicine Treat?
Conditions frequently seen by Western Herbalists include:
- Hormonal Issues
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Sleep problems
- Digestive complaints
- Skin complaints
- Fertility support
- Immune system support
- Low energy
- Chronic health problems
- Respiratory and Heart health
Herbal medicine can also be used to try to address many other health issues.
Herbal medicine comes in a variety of forms including liquid extracts (tinctures) teas, creams, ointments or capsules.
Consultations with Jessie
Your first Herbal Medicine consultation with Jessie will take up to 1.5hrs where she will ask to hear all about your problem and then she will ask you questions about your background, health history, diet and lifestyle to try to get to the root cause of your problem. Jessie is trained in medical diagnostics and may perform a physical examination if necessary, she may also take your blood pressure.
After the first consultation Jessie will then provide you with an individually tailored herbal medicine prescription alongside lifestyle and nutritional advice if needed. This will take into account any existing medication you may already be taking. You will then receive a written report detailing your treatment plan.
Follow-up appointments will then be 30-45 minutes long for ongoing support and to track your progress. Herbal medicine usually needs to be taken for a number or weeks or months for optimum effect.
Jessie is trained in conventional pathology and disease and in some cases she may recommend you seek further diagnostic testing from your GP whilst working with her to help clarify your health issue or if she thinks you need further medical attention. She is happy to communicate with other medical professionals on your behalf if necessary. If you are on any existing medications she will take this into account with the herbs she prescribes for you, herbs can work alongside many drugs.
Testimonials from past clients:
“I worked with Jessie as my Herbalist last year after a really stressful time in my life and she worked wonders using the herbs supporting my wellbeing and rejuvenation. I highly recommend her as a practitioner to anyone! Working with her and the herbs restored a deep sense of wellbeing and balance in my body and mind. She thoroughly knows her stuff, was always really professional and knowledgeable and I felt completely safe in her hands with her wisdom and supportive presence.”
Daisy B. – 2015
"Jessie combines her practical lived experience of working with herbs, alongside her technical understanding and passion for healing. I found Jessie to be a great listener; sensitive and interested in all aspects of my life. I feel safe and confident in her care, and love the bespoke and adaptive flow of my treatment plan, according to my changing needs."
Lily S. – 2016
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc(Hons) Degree in Herbal Medicine (First-Class) from Lincoln College.
- Professional membership of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) the largest professional body for Western Medical Herbalists in the UK. Conditions of membership include a degree-level qualification in herbal medicine, training which includes at least 500 face-to-face clinical hours, continued professional development and adhering to a strict code of ethics.
Initial appointment 1-1.5hrs
Adults = £55.00 Children = £43.00
Follow-up appointments 30-45 mins
Adults = £32.00 Children = £25.00
Herbal Medicines are not included and need to be paid for separately.
This will be approximately £7.50-£10.00 per week depending on the type of preparations an the dosage, for children this will be less.
Jessie is available for speaking, teaching and leading native medicinal plant walks in the local area.
Jessie is also available for free 15-minute consultations for minor health complaints from the Brighton Apothecary once a week.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
9am - 5pm Monday 9am - 5pm Tuesday 11am-7pm Thursday 11am - 4pm Saturday