Our Founder & Clinical Director, Angela Hywood, embarked on her love of natural medicine from as early as childhood.
As a young girl, Angela was captivated by the daily activities at the pharmacy owned by her grandfather - and consequently her father - where she watched in awe as they mindfully measured, weighed and compounded medicines, some of which were herbal in nature.
Naturally, her profound curiosity in herbs, and its associated benefits around health and wellness, was born, and after completing studies in pharmacy at Curtin University, Angela began a four-year degree program in naturopathy, majoring in herbal medicine, clinical nutrition and classical homeopathy. It was around this time that Angela discovered her true vocation in the field of naturopathic medicine and along with her pharmaceutical studies, Angela completed post-graduate qualifications in Natural Fertility Management, Women’s Health and Holistic Paediatrics.
Unsurprisingly, these powerful, and somewhat enigmatic disciplines manifested her greatest passion - the vast and complex landscape around women’s hormonal and reproductive health, for which pregnancy, motherhood and children’s health have remained her focus.
Specialising in naturopathic approaches to Gynaecology (women’s health); Reproductive Medicine (preconception care, fertility, IVF), Obstetrics (pregnancy care) and help for mothers and babies (post-natal care) Angela is highly regarded for her knowledge and experience in the world of endocrinology – in particular, thyroid, adrenal and fatigue issues.
Her rounded appreciation of western medicine and naturopathy means Angela is well respected for her considered, integrative and compassionate approach to medicine for women at all stages of female health - from teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.
Highly regarded as a leading industry ambassador and mentor to fellow naturopaths, Angela has amassed over 25 years’ experience during a career which has seen her establish her own innovative model of clinical practice and seminar programs. As an educator, author, mentor and specialist clinician, she is in high demand as a keynote speaker at conferences with lecture schedules currently in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
Earlier in her career she learned from leading mentors in the USA, where she was based for four years, before establishing a practice in Sydney’s eastern suburbs where she consulted for nearly two decades. Angela returned to her hometown of Perth to put down roots and launch her dream practice - Floralia Wellness & Apothecary - whilst embracing what she calls her very own “mothermorphosis”.
Living by her own example, Angela naturally conceived two healthy children in her early 40s – a journey which has given her an even greater appreciation of female health needs during one of the most pivotal and often vulnerable times of a woman’s life.
Angela offers consultation from Floralia Wellness, and supports patient health with a practical, grounded, gentle, nurturing and holistic approach, adopting a strong research and results-driven model and a genuine passion for her clients’ health and wellbeing.
Reproductive Health + Fertility
Angela is an experienced and highly respected clinician who specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive health for men and women.
Angela takes the time and effort to work closely with each client’s healthcare team including their GP, specialists and other health professionals. Fertility specialists and IVF clinics regularly refer patients to Angela, and she has strong collaborative links with specialist centres throughout Australia.
Endocrinology + Mental Health
Family Medicine + Paediatrics
Ashwagandha is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine as a general tonic for natural healing, and it is associated with a variety of clinical health benefits like blood sugar reduction, reduced cortisol levels, and stress relief to name a few.
Angela discusses the origins of Ashwagandha as a medicinal plant and how she uses Ashwagandha in her own practice. As a nervous system tonic, Ashwagandha is often associated with supporting healthy sleep. Angela reminds the listeners, though, that every herb isn’t for everyone. Ashwagandha can work for some people to calm the nervous system and help with sleep.