I am an experienced Medical herbalist BSc (Hons), and have completed a Ba in Social Anthropology. The combination of these two pathways has led me to what I love to do now, working with plants and people.

My overall aim is to help you get back on track and feel better, looking at the whole picture not just one symptom.

I am a firm believer in integrated health and the  benefits of taking a holistic approach. I strive to find the root cause of a person’s illness rather than just purely addressing their symptoms.

I believe that plant based medicine and modern medicine can work hand in hand and there exists a place for both. I has completed training in functional medicine and believe in finding integrated health solutions unique to the individual. I use a combination of modern science and traditional knowledge to inform your treatment plan.

I look at not only your symptoms, but the the bigger picture, what you eat, your stress levels, your exercise and movement. In my experience, these factors all combine to produce your overall  health and wellbeing. If one area is out of balance this will impact other areas of your health and wellbeing.

Targeted herbs and nutrition can help your body back into balance ..and to feel you again.

My aim is to help you THRIVE rather than just survive…and to support you to take realistic and empowering steps back to health and feeling good again.

Amazonian adventures

My interest in medicinal plants stems from working on an Amazonian rainforest reserve in Ecuador after completing a degree in Anthropology and Spanish at Sussex University, Brighton. In Ecuador, I assisted the local Shaman in the propagation of medicinal plants from the rainforest and observed the medicinal qualities of plants used in a community with little access to Western drugs. I was so impressed in the therapeutic qualities plants could have that I decided I had to learn more about their diverse properties and how they could be used therapeutically as a natural form of medicine.

Subsequently, I returned to the UK and completed her BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine at the University of East London. The course consists of modules including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology, differential diagnosis and herbal therapeutics. It places emphasis on possible herb/drug interactions and which plant medicines may be used safely with conventional medications.

Women’s‘ health

My dissertation on herbal medicine and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was awarded a First Class Honours.  An article based on my research has been published in the  internationally acclaimed  and peer reviewed, Journal of Herbal Medicine, by Elsevier.

Rooney, Sara and Pendry, Barbara A. (2014)
‘Phytotherapy for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A review of the literature and evaluation of practitioners’ experiences’,
Journal of Herbal Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.hermed.2014.05.001).


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National Institute of Medical Herbalists

I am a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (www.nimh.org.uk) the oldest organisation of herbalists in the UK.

I have been a member of NIMH  Continuing Professional Developing team for 8 years and love being involved in helping organize and deliver a high quality program of professional post graduate training seminars and courses to complementary health practitioners.

Functional Medicine

I have completed training in Functional Medicine– ‘Nutrition head to toe’ and am enrolled in the applying functional medicine training program. I regularly attend conferences and seminars and have a particular interest in women’s health.

Medicinal Mushrooms

I am completing a Post graduate training in the use of Medicinal Mushrooms with Fred Gillam. I find the synergy of herbs and mushrooms fascinating and very effective natural medicine. The research is fascinating and I believe medicinal mushrooms have a big part to play in future healthcare.

Writing work



I am an contributing author the herbal academy and have published articles on various topics  including ‘Two Herbal adaptogens for Adrenal health’ and a three part series on ‘Oestrogen Excess ‘ and  ‘Polycytic Ovarian Syndrome’ and also ‘Natural solution to the menopause’. I also wrote the advanced training course on herbal medicine for pregnancy and fertility. 

I have also contributed to Om Yoga and lifestyle magazine and the early hour.

Wild Roots Calendar

I collaborate with a wildlife artist and yoga teacher on the Wild Roots Calendar based in Brighton.



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  • Mia, from LondonPCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormone imbalance, herbal medicine
    After months of scouring the internet and consulting various medical professionals in search of a solution to my PCOS- and almost giving up- I had finally stumbled upon Sara's website by chance. I decided to give medicinal herbs a try, and it was one of the best decisions of my life! Sara has been supporting me for a little over 6 months now, and I can honestly say her tinctures made such a difference. My PCOS symptoms are gone and I'm back to being the best version of myself.
    If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, kind and supportive professional who really cares about her patients, you came to the right place. Once again, thank you Sara for all you have done for me!
  • T from West Sussexinfertility,IBS,

    I came to Sara as I was struggling with infertility and IBS. After one month of taking the herbs, I fell pregnant. My IBS symptoms have also reduced by 70%. Thank you, Sara!

  • Alison, yoga teacher and mum of 4
    I’m feeling really well at the moment and just thought today how much more energy I seem to have despite a really busy few weeks.
    Sleep has improved but is still top of my NY intentions but my caffeine curfew and ashwaganda capsules (when needed) have definitely helped.
    Touch wood, I have avoided any coughs or colds though am surrounded by bugs of all sorts at the moment so my mix of tonic and supplements seem to be doing the job!
    All in all, I’m so grateful to you as have felt a total shift in mood, attitude to food (I’ve almost lost a stone so far) and energy/immunity levels. Thanks so much.
  • Laura, Bristolskin,acne,herbs,herbalmedicine,hormonalace
    I would like to express my deep gratitude for all your help, kindness and support over the last 6 months. Meeting you on the health retreat for women and your herbal remedies have been life changing for me. I have struggled with acne most of life, and within only 3 months I cant believe the difference the herbs have had on my skin. Now 6 months on and my face is pretty much clear of acne.
    I have learnt so much from you about natural healing. Your professionalism, kindness and concern is unsurpassed. Thank you
  • Lou, Nutritional therapist

    I'm really enjoying those herbs. Very tonifying...And the red skin patches have gone... and somebody commented on how good my skin looks!! I'm feeling strengthened by the herbs...Thanks Sara!

  • Desi, from London diagnosed with PCOSpcos

    I've had PCOS for over 4 years and showed most of the symptoms, including irregular periods and acne prone skin. From my first appointment with Sara, I was put on a healthy diet and began taking herbs, which were tailored to my symptoms. Only after a few months of treatment, I already started to see changes - my periods regulated, my skin began to clear up, I felt a lot more energetic than I had in a long time. Sara was very professional with everything and gave very clear instructions on the diet and taking the medicine. I would definitely recommend Sara. Her treatment helped to greatly reduce my PCOS and a year later I no longer need to take anything for it

  • Caro from the US

    I wanted to send a note to say thank you for your excellent article in the Herbarium.  I personally have been using your recommended formula for fatigue/sweats/low mood.  So pleased to report that it works tremendously well for me!I look forward to reading your future articles with great pleasure.

  • Eleni (3 years) by Eleni’s Mum, HelenEleni (3 years) by Eleni’s Mum, Helen
    Well there has been a marked improvement in Eleni, she is happier, brighter, sleeping and eating well... It has been incredible and so heartening to see.
    Thank you so much!
  • Guy LGuy L

    I had been diagnosed with hypertension 12 years ago. My GP put me on some diuretics which worked well for the last 10 years but for the last 2 years my BP has been creeping up. My GP was keen to get me on the next treatment option on the ladder as prescribed by the NHS. I decided that this is not what I wanted so I changed my lifestyle completely and upped my exercise. This had an effect but my BP but it still fluctuated a lot. I arranged to see Sara. I now take one tincture three times daily and my GP can not believe the changes. The last time I had my BP taken at the clinic it was 124/77. Thank you Sara!

  • Naomi CNaomi CVia Twitter

    Since drinking the magic potion from Sara @ - my skin is feeling so clear…

  • I went to see Sara as I had hormonal problems resulting in heavy and painful periods with substantial pre-menstrual tension, low mood and low energy levels. She  prescribed herbal medicines to help regulate my hormones. I now have lots more energy, more concentration and focus and my mood is much improved. My periods are now manageable without copious amounts of over-the-counter painkillers, and my body feels like it is functioning much better. I highly recommend Sara, both from my personal experience of her treatment, and as a Registered Osteopath myself I professionally refer my own patients to her for herbal medicine when required.

  • Nuala. SNuala. S

    I have been successfully treated by Sara for the adrenal fatigue that I was severely compromised by in the last year. Her methodical approach to finding the 'right' herbs has supported me to return to full health and vitality. As well as her expertise and professionalism in the field of Medical Herbalism, I can also vouch for her exceptionally kind, generous and empathic nature. She is a person that works from the 'heart', and this adds an added dimension of depth to her practice. Thank you Sara, it truly was a blessing to have you in my life.