He gained his degree in Herbal Medicine (BSc. (Hons.)) in 1998 from Middlesex University, London, after obtaining a Diploma in Aromatherapy in 1995 from ITHMA. Since 1996 he has written more than 120 professional articles for different professional journals and magazines, on different subjects. In 2012 he has published with Tecniche Nuove (Milan, Italy) the second edition of a professional textbook on essential oil science. He works as an educator and public speaker at various levels on the subjects of medicinal plants and their usage: he runs Continuing Education courses for erboristi, pharmacists and medical doctors, and seminars as Visiting Professor at the Masters in Medicinal plants at the Universities of Florence and Pisa.
He also works as a consultant for international NGOs working in developing countries. In particular, he has worked in Kenya for CTM – Altromercato, in Nepal for Oxfam, in Colombia for COE – UCODEP, and in Cabo Verde for the EU. He has been consulting for companies in the field of natural herbal products, and natural cosmetic, both as a formulator and researching the evidence for product claims. He is a member of the Scientific Committees for the professional magazine “L’Erborista”, for the Italian Society of Herbal Science and Technology (SISTE) and for the association for ecological dermatology Skineco. He is the Italian referent for EHPA (European Herbal Practitioners Association).