Emma Barker

By Lincoln College


Emma Barker BSc (Hons) MNIMH is a Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) in Clinical Herbalism.

Emma has always had a love of plants and flowers and has been fascinated by their varied uniqueness and been astounded by their tenacity and ability to survive practically anywhere.

Having an employment history predominantly in the horticultural sector, she has consistently had a strong connection with nature before deciding to train as a herbalist.

Having graduated in herbal medicine from University of Lincoln in 2016, Emma set up her clinical practice in the same year and runs this in the South Lincolnshire area.

One of her passions is community herbalism, and along with the other members of the Fenland Natural Health Team, she loves to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Together, they run monthly public meetings, host workshops, organise wild medicine walks, and present talks to local community groups. Emma believes that herbal medicine is meant to be shared and used by all as it is so easily accessible, that everyone could be using natural methods to help maintain their health.

This passion and enthusiasm for the subject is the motivation behind her lecturing on the degree course in Clinical Herbalism and supervising training clinic sessions in person and online here at the College.

Actively contributing to herbal education is very important to her and being part of the learning journey of new generations of herbalists she finds a real privilege. Along with her work with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, her main aim is to promote the profession to a higher level and ensure that this knowledge is not lost. To encourage more people to connect with the subject, improving their understanding so that they can enjoy the benefits that herbal medicine can provide.