Herbalism

About Herbalism


calendula flower

Herbs are not pharmaceutical drugs. Some herbs work quickly, and some take many weeks or months to gently nudge the body towards balance. Herbal remedies are taken daily in order to reap the full benefits of their gentle, nurturing actions. Herbal medicine supports the systems of your body as you incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes. Herbs are an ideal way to enhance digestion, immunity, detoxification, stress management, sleep, mood, circulation, and many other physiological processes.

But which herbal remedies should you take? The array of products available is dizzying! As a clinical herbalist, I navigate the options for you: I match plants to people. In a comprehensive initial consultation, I learn about your unique health goals, lifestyle patterns, and constitution, to determine the combination of herbs that best suits your needs. 

Not all of my clients take herbs; many stick with food and lifestyle work.  For clients who do wish to work with herbs, we still begin with food and lifestyle, because I prefer to address the root of the issue, rather than using herbs as a band-aid.  For example, if you came to me complaining of digestive challenges, and I learned that you ate only potato chips all day long, I could recommend piles of herbs, but they would only be a band-aid, masking the underlying dietary imbalance. 

The fee for an herbal consultation is the same as for a health coaching session.  However, there is a separate charge for the herbs themselves.

6 Ways to Take Herbs


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Drink Tincture: a tinctured herb has been soaked in alcohol, or a mixture of alcohol and water, to bring out its helpful properties. For those who don’t take alcohol, some herbs can be tinctured in glycerin. A few drops, or a few droppers-full of tincture can be mixed with a small amount of water and taken each day.Brew Tea: an herbal “tea” is technically an infusion: herbs are soaked in water to bring out their helpful properties. The herbs can be fresh or dried; the water can be hot or cold – it all depends on the herb being used! 

Play with Powder: some herbs can be ground into powders, and then swallowed in capsules, or made into tasty nut-butter balls (yum!). 

Soothe Skin: many herbs are helpful when applied topically to the skin. Lip balms, lotions, and massage oils are only a few of the many herbal preparations and products with beneficial properties.

Breathe Deep: some herbs have relaxing and rejuvenating scents. Scented herbs or their essential oils can be added to facial steams or to bath salts, or simply wafted.

Cook up a Storm: one of the easiest ways to get herbs into your life is with food! Common culinary herbs and spices are just as beneficial as more exotic plants. Soups and curries are wonderful ways to work with fresh or dried herbs.

 

Contact me to schedule your herbal consultation!

 

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As they fell from heaven, the plants said, “the living soul we pervade, that man will suffer no harm.” 

- from the Rig Veda, translated by David Frawley