Vivienne Campbell, Foraging & Herbal Medicine – An Introduction

Vivienne Campbell BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine


Vivienne Campbell qualified as an herbalist in 2003 and is a member The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and The Association of Foragers.She teaches classes on herbal medicine, wild food foraging and natural cosmetic-making in Ireland & the UK as well as worldwide via her online courses and classes. She runs classes from beginners level to professional.
As well as her online workshops, she is a popular speaker at international conferences and local events. She has appeared on Irish television numerous times, including a weekly foraging feature with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan. She was also interviewed for the upcoming aromatherapy documentary, Uncommon Scents: The Movie, which is currently in post-production in the USA and features natural medicine luminaries such as Robert Tisserand and Jeanne Rose.
Vivienne loves teaching people how to use herbs simply, effectively and joyfully. She believes it is everyone’s birth-right to know how to use common local plants as nutritious wild foods and health-enhancing natural remedies. She loves to empower people to take more control of their health by sharing this knowledge and teaching these skills. She also adores introducing people to the potential of using local wild plants in professional natural cosmetics. She gave a lecture on this topic for Formula Botanica (an international organic cosmetic science school), teaches specialist classes and on this underexplored area. She is currently writing 3 books (yes, 3!) and we very much hope she will be joining us at The Bude Literary Festival one year.
We really are tremendously fortunate to have found Vivienne and her free online workshops during this lockdown period and we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to her for stepping in and agreeing to take part in our online festival.  Vivienne has some great free online courses at the moment discovering some of  the wild herbs coming into season now that can be used as nutritious wild foods, home herbal remedies and natural cosmetics at Previous free beginners’ class recordings which include lessons about daisy, primrose, sorrel, cleavers, silverweed, red clover, hawthorn and more can be found here on her website.

Below you will find some of Vivienne’s introductory Youtube videos to spark your interest in foraging and herbal medicine.  We’ve also included her great video on how to make Dandelion Flower Pakora because we thought it would go down a treat in Bude … so without further ado, over to you Vivienne!



An Introduction Into Herbal Medicine and Foraging




The Hawthorn and the Blackthorn


Dandelion Flower Pakora



And for those of you who are interested in Essential Oils, why not have a look at the trailer for the documentary that Vivienne features in, Uncommon Scents – An inspired aromatherapy documentary.