I’m Dr Viv Rolfe and I’ve worked in gut physiology and nutrition research for most of my career. I’ve a BSc (Honours) in Physiology and a PhD in Gut Physiology, and am studying for a Foundation qualification in Herbalism with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. I’ve always been interested in nature and spent my childhood in the Alkham Valley in Kent helping to save ancient woodlands from destruction. I’m passionate about the natural world whether I’m exploring it scientifically or through photography, crafts and writing.

The purpose of this website is to explore herbal research from a philosophical and methodical perspective. Modern medicine has not been about wholeness, it has been about parts. How do you capture the wisdom of thousands of years of herbal use with modern-day scientific methods? What can I learn as a scientist from understanding traditional herbal approaches from around the world? Who are the people and communities in this space? So this is what herbsearching is all about.

In my spare time I’m a member of Tree Sisters and play saxophone in the all female Sisters of Swing Big Band in Bristol, UK. All the sisters! I also play in the Matthew Kirby Band based in Cam Gloucestershire where I now live, and Belvoir Academy based in Leicestershire where I used to live.