What is Herbalism?
Herbal Wellness Class
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 was based on thousands of years 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. We talk about this history in the wellness class.
An herbal consultant is a modern professional, knowledgeable of therapeutic herbal constituents and the health enhancing effects they have on the human body. They have learned methods of herbal preparation and are aware of the safe and efficacious use of these preparations. We do not diagnose disease or prescribe cures; rather they recognize that specific botanicals support the body's innate ability to function properly and heal.
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 regimen 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. So if you are not local to me, I will try to refer you to someone who is.
"Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist. With the least inclination to be well we should not be sick." ~Henry David Thoreau
Wellness is a very subjective term. The first thing we do in my wellness class is define what that word means to you, so that we can set some goals.
Some of what we do is palliative in nature. We cannot be truly well until all people are living free from oppression and have their basic needs met. I call my stress support formulas "band-aid blends."
The fact that most of us are unwell is a reflection of our sick society. Boutique practitioners then exploit that situation by using scare tactic marketing to turn us into captive consumers dependent on expensive dietary supplements and unsustainable super foods.
I know I am also marketing at you. I've spent a good deal of time trying to reconcile my personal beliefs with the need to actually make a living. Hopefully, I am marketing an end to the nonsense. In my wellness class, I teach you the basic skills you need to take care of yourself with locally grown plants and inexpensive ingredients. My ultimate goal as an herbal educator is to teach you well enough that the only time I see you is when you stop in to trade plants or herbal preparations with me.
I certainly encourage the use of complementary modalities -- such as routine massages or energy work— if you can afford them. I want to stress, however, that you do not need those things to be well. I have personally never been able to afford fancy holistic health practitioners and we manage all right. There are a few things that I think you do need to be well.
You have to eat well in order to be well. No amount of acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, or imported superfood is going to help you feel better if you are not getting what 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. I do believe that no matter what you eat, plant constituents are the most important factor in a healthy diet. I can teach you inexpensive ways to incorporate more plants into your diet with herbal preparations.
Wellness is greatly influenced by how you interact with your environment and how it interacts with you. Being in community with your neighbors and your ecosystem improves your physical well-being. One of the reasons I set this up as a class is to start that process. I've seen classmates become supportive friends and that makes me happy.
Most people who walk in my door don't have established habits like getting regular sleep or exercise.
We can talk about what can help you do that. We also have to talk about how you are managing stress. Yes... I know that it's akin to harm reduction given the unhealthy reality of modern living, but it's better than being overamped all the time.
I stopped doing consultations some time ago because people were contacting me expecting me to to hand them a natural alternative to a pharmaceutical product or OTC preparation, that would "fix" them.
That’s just not the way this works. Plants contribute to our wellness in a variety of ways, but they don't work in a vacuum.
I approach achieving wellness with the idea that all people need to establish and follow a health regimen which meets their particular physical and emotional needs. The problem is that most people don't know what those are. Towards that end new clients begin working with me by taking a $75 online herbal wellness class.
During the course, you will be learning about plants, their constituents and how they contribute to a healthful lifestyle. You also be looking at how your lifestyles choices impact your wellness.
The course contains recorded lectures, how-to tutorials and plenty of valid reference material available in a student lending library. There will be reading assignments, cooking assignments, preparation tutorials, asynchronous class discussions and continuous feedback. It's worth a lot more than $75, but I am trying to keep it accessible.
Once you have a firm foundation on which to build, we will get together for a final chat while poking around in my still room.