I am Botanic Bob, aka Robert, while still on the road, osteopath, acupuncturist, author, nature lover, learner, poet, walker, musical beginner, drinker of Khayyam’s “wine”, and some kind of healer.
My interest in and love for all things natural goes way back to when I was a child exploring the local countryside and its woods, ponds and brooks. I have been studying plants more seriously since my days as an undergraduate student at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), where my degree course in Biology included several modules in ecology. In 1990 I began to study plants as medicines when I embarked on a diploma course in Naturopathy with Rudy Lanza in Luserna San Giovanni, Italy. For over 25 years now I have been using plants in clinic mostly as adjuncts to treatment by osteopathy or acupuncture, of which I am a qualified practitioner. I have continually updated and expanded my knowledge both of plant biology and medical herbalism through online and self-study. In 2017 I achieved an Advanced Diploma in Herbalism from the School of Natural Health Sciences (UK). I have an active interest in wildcrafting (harvesting plants from their natural habitat) and medicine-making. My practice, focused on the treatment of painful conditions and mood disturbances and serving exclusively the local community, is in Santa Eulària des Riu, on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Ibiza, where I live with my wife Clouds Woman. I spend my down-time walking its hills, shoreline and cliffs, writing, and learning to play my beloved mandolin. I have two grown-up children of whom I am extremely proud.
This site is dedicated to my interest in medicinal plants. For information about my professional practice, please go to www.roberthale.es.
Qualifications and Professional Membership
I have professional qualifications in Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, and Herbal Medicine. I am a member of the Registro de Osteópatas de España (Register of Osteopaths of Spain – membership number 139), the Asociación de Acupuntores de España (Association of Acupuncturists of Spain – membership number 07603), and the Sociedad Española de Fitoterapia (Spanish Society of Phytotherapy – membership number 671).
My areas of special expertise
- Medicinal plants.
- Spinal, skeletal, muscle and nerve pain.
- Chronic health problems (problems that have developed over a long time).
- The relationship between the mind and physical health, especially the role of stress.