Herbalism is a vastly diverse healing art that varies according to each practitioner’s traditions, experience, and philosophy. In my practice, herbalism means the use of plant-centered nutrition, teas, and extracts to support health and healing. To me, herbalism is a philosophy that understands each person as unique and whole, as well as understands bodies as powerful, resilient, and innately capable of self-healing. I believe in the power of herbalism as one modality to deepen our relationship with our ecosystem and our healing, understanding that the two are inseparable.
The human species co-evolved with plants. Throughout human history and across cultures, a variety of plant-based healing practices have been used to address common minor health complaints as well as more serious chronic conditions. Mild ailments (e.g., difficult digestion, colds and flus, and acute insomnia), chronic mental health conditions, auto-immune and hormonal issues, diabetes, and cancer have all been responsive to the use of herbs in the form of teas, extracts, powders, and whole-foods nutrition.
On a physiological, emotional, and spiritual level, plants can strengthen the body’s ability to heal. Unlike conventional medicine, herbal medical systems understand that every person is physiologically, emotionally, and energetically unique. Thus, an herbalist and a well-crafted herbal formula can play matchmaker between plants and people, as well as be supportive to anyone seeking to shift physical and emotional patterns and to live a more balanced life.
Though powerful in their effects, herbs are not always a "quick fix" to health concerns. Healing takes time, and I strive to provide reliable long-term support in order to help my clients integrate herbs into their healing journey.
I am not a doctor and do not diagnose or treat diseases. I use herbs to educate and empower my clients. I recommend consulting a doctor before using any herbs or supplements, especially if pregnant, on medication, or lactating.