Hello. My name is Christine Thomas and I’m at your service as a writer who helps companies tell compelling stories about their brands.
When people ask me what I do I say “I write about plants”. This is difficult to stereotype so I explain further. “I write herbal monographs which are like plant biographies”. But that’s not all I do.
I’m an Australian health writer, specialising in herbal medicine, who writes professional, in depth, high value and referenced content specific for your requirements. I work with clients to deliver accurate, up-to-date and detailed health stories where I translate complicated science into simple terms thus attracting attention and converting that into paying clients.
I have written close to 100 herb monographs and write naturopath condition guides, feature articles, herbal highlights, newsletters, blogs, brochures, website copy, marketing campaigns and I answer technical questions.
I’m particularly passionate about traditional herbal medicine and the concept of synergy. The challenge herbal medicine faces today is how to bridge the gap between science and the traditional knowledge that is at the foundation of its practice. I explore this message with my writing.
I have proven ability to work within a team environment, and as an individual, with strong technical herbal knowledge complemented by excellent writing, sales and relationship-building skills.
I forged an interest in herbs as a young girl while growing up on a cotton farm in outback Queensland, Australia. My father Ian knew that to be a good farmer you needed to be an environmentalist. That if you look after your land, it will look after you. He had a committed and careful approach to crop rotation and was at the forefront of sustainable farming systems practice. He was also a fervent supporter of practices to encourage biodiversity and wildlife on cotton farms and he planted more than 4000 trees and shrubs as a vital element of the “Bloomfield” farm plan. One of his favourite sayings was “You know when you have it right when you pick up your soil, smell it and think you could eat it.” I followed him around in his herb and vegetable garden and began experimenting with the plants to make natural skincare potions.
On leaving school I followed my love of writing and became a newspaper journalist after completing a Bachelor of Arts and an internship on the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
In 1999 I decided to chase my first love and began formally studying herbal medicine. I studied in the garden of renowned New Zealand herbalist Isla Burgess. It was here that I also learnt from the plants themselves and witnessed them growing throughout the seasons. This was when I became an advocate for traditional herbal medicine.
I completed my studies with the godfather of herbal medicine in Australia, Denis Stewart, and was awarded a Diploma of Medical Herbalism in 2005. I have worked as a herbalist in private practice and as a practitioner consultant and sales manager in the herbal medicine manufacturing industry. In 2013 I was able to combine my knowledge of herbs with my writing skills and became a technical writer and researcher.
My raison d’etre is that I believe in the herb.