What is "Herbalism?"
There are many different answers to that question. Herbal remedies have been one tool utilized by healers since the early days of humanity when we first gathered the plants we saw animals foraging when they were ill. This traditional practice is based on millennia of observational science involving trial-and-error experimentation. Autonomous self-care using herbal remedies is a skill that was as widely learned as sewing and baking.
An herbal consultant is a modern professional, knowledgeable of therapeutic herbal constituents and the health enhancing effects these phytochemicals have on the human body. They have learned methods of herbal preparation and are aware of the safe and efficacious use of these preparations. They do not diagnose disease or prescribe cures; although specific botanicals may support the body's innate immune function or sooth symptoms of illness.
In my work as a herbal consultant, I offer education and help individuals to develop lifestyle plans which support the innate healing mechanisms of the human body. Individuals sometimes start from an unhealthy state or may be interested in maintaining their wellness. I believe that with the help of a well-designed holistic lifestyle plan and proper implementation, most people will see an improvement in their overall health and well-being.
I strongly believe that working with a local practitioner is going to be most beneficial to you. Someone who lives in your location and is aware of resources available in your community is going to be able to give you the best suggestions and support.
I have presented at many conferences and worked as the event manager for the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. Consequently, I meet many, many herbalists.
If you aren't local to me, please feel free to message me for a reference to someone in your area.
True physical, emotional and social well-being goes so far beyond the word “health”, as most people think of it, that I sometimes hesitate to use the term.
Achieving wellness as a holistic endeavor. It is important to understand that your personal well-being is dramatically impacted by the following factors.
You have to eat the right foods in order to be healthy. No amount of acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal preparations or massage therapy is going to help you feel better if you are not getting the micro and macro-nutrients your body needs to function properly and repair itself. I personally don't care what you eat, or don't eat, to get these nutrients. I have no personal "diet dogma" other than moderation and avoiding processed foods. Plants are the most important factor in a healthy diet. I can teach you ways to incorporate more nutrients into your diet with herbal preparations.
Most people who walk in my door, have no established self-care plan. If you are not exercising, getting enough sleep or meeting your emotional needs, you can’t achieve wellness.
Health is greatly influenced by how you choose to interact with your environment. Being in community with your neighbors and your ecosystem improves your physical well-being.
While I certainly encourage the use of other modalities people turn to improve their health-- such as herbal preparations, routine bodywork or energy work— their efficacy is best when incorporated into a lifestyle plan which accommodates all aspects of wellness.
I decided to stop doing consultations.
Frequently when people contact me for a "consultation" they are looking for me to hand them a natural alternative to a pharmaceutical product or OTC preparation, at the end of a check-up.
That’s just not the way I work.
I approach achieving wellness with the idea that all people need to establish and follow a health regimen which meets their physical and emotional needs. Plants contribute to our wellness in a variety of ways, but they don't work in a vacuum.
Trying to work with clients who have very little information about wellness and nutrition involves a lot of backtracking and hours of e-mailing back-and-forth. This in turn limits the number of new clients I can take on, and the time I have to devote to other projects. I have come up with this new approach to working with clients, I am hoping improves outcomes, for everyone.
Instead, all incoming clients will be enrolled in an eight-week self-care course.
During the course, you will be learning about herbs and how they contribute to a healthful lifestyle but you will also be analyzing your diet, looking at how your lifestyles choices impact your health, and designing your own regimen with a little help from myself and my TA.
Once you have a firm foundation on which to build, we will get together to work up a product especially for you.
New sessions of the class will start once a month. Because I feel like asynchronous learning environments are most convenient for adult learning, the class will be taught primarily online.
The course contains recorded lectures, how-to tutorials and plenty of valid reference material available in a student lending library. (My secondary goal with this approach is to get people away from using Internet sources.)
There will be reading assignments, cooking assignments, preparation tutorials, asynchronous class discussions and feedback. We will have weekly Q & A sessions in a group chat.
It will include 2 hours of lab time for hands on projects, to be scheduled when it is convenient for each participant and myself. This cuts back on having to make everyone's schedule jive.