Floramedica is a creative and innovative health-promoting practice run by Anna Canning, a qualified medical herbalist, translator, researcher and educator

About me

I graduated from Napier University, Edinburgh, in 2007 with a BSc Hons (1st class) in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy). I am also a freelance translator (of German, Hungarian, Spanish and French), and previously spent several years as a university researcher. I live in south-central Edinburgh, but my work takes me across the Central Belt.

Having practised as a medical herbalist for five years, I now no longer operate a clinical practice. Instead I use this knowledge to promote sustainable, plant-based self-care in the community by running courses and workshops for adults and children. (For details of practising herbalists and other trusted professionals click here.)

Up to the second world war, knowledge about plants and how to use them to help ourselves was widespread in the UK not only among doctors and pharmacists, but among ordinary people (just ask your (great-)granny!). Few people in the UK today know much about plant remedies, although in other European countries this knowledge has continued to thrive alongside (and sometimes within) the modern health service.

Modern medicine is undoubtedly amazing - new drugs and procedures have saved countless lives and brought improved quality of life for many people with potentially life-threatening conditions. 

Much of doctors' time, however, is spent dealing with illnesses that would not arise if we knew how to eat well and live well, and look after ourselves when ill. Many other ailments we take to our GP's surgery can be easily treated or managed using a combination of diet and lifestyle changes, and plants that are widely available - including many that we think of as weeds!

I believe every person has a right to this knowledge and the ability to take care of his/her own health. The focus of my work is to help people reclaim this knowledge, inspiring and re-skilling them to look after themselves and use plants (mostly from local green spaces) safely and sustainably to provide cheap, nutritious foods and the basis for everyday remedies and body-care products.

Professional information: 


  • I am a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, and of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association, the Forest Education Initiative (Edinburgh/Lothian cluster group), Nourish Scotland, and Transition Edinburgh South. 
  • I am currently nearing completion of Forest School Leader training with the Forest School Training Company.
  • I hold a current ITC-accredited (16-hour) outdoor first aid qualification, including paediatric first aid certificate.
  • I have undertaken health and safety and water safety training with the Scottish Waterways Trust.
  • I am fully insured through Balens Ltd to conduct courses, workshops and other community education work both indoors and outdoors.



  • Charges for courses and workshops are by negotiation (approx £25 per hour (min £50), plus preparation time, plus any expenses and materials)

- please ask!

I am available to lead walks and give talks and practical demonstrations on a wide range of topics relating to the use of plants as medicine and food, sustainable health care and self-care, plant science (curriculum-linked for schools) and history/ ethnomedicine. 

For courses, forthcoming events and downloads click here.


Contact me:

 07790 885969  mail@floramedica.org