Herbal medicine student took her own life after eating highly poisonous plants

A graduate used poisonous plants to end her life, an inquest has heard.

Lily Sneade died in November last year after being found severely ill by her family.

Earlier that day, it was heard how the 33-year-old, who had studied Chinese herbal medicine at university, had researched toxic plants with her internet search history showing a list and how to find them.

Former chef Lily, from Newport, south Wales, had set up her own acupuncture business after studying the ancient therapy at university.

An inquest into her death this week heard she had been experiencing PTSD, hypervigilance and depression at the time, and that she had told family members she planned to take her own life that day. She had also previously been known to self-harm.

Lily was rushed to hospital after her family tried to make her vomit, and began suffering seizures before going into cardiac arrest. Tragically, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Post-mortem tests revealed Lily’s body was found to have four compounds found in highly toxic plants in her system.

The toxicology report recorded her cause of death as ‘acute cardiorespiratory depression secondary to poisoning’.

Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Paul Bennett said: “Miss Sneade clearly consumed a quantity of leaves, the consequence of this was unfortunately fatal.

“Miss Sneade had ongoing mental health issues she had self-harmed previously and there was a previous attempt to commit suicide.

“I am satisfied that she did intend to take her life and that she took those steps by consuming the leaves. There was very little that could have been done to prevent her death.”