What is Family Herbalism?

Herbalism you need to best care for your family is, in short, Family Herbalism. It sounds simple and easy, right? If you do it right, it surely can be. But, it’s just as easy to feel overwhelmed and overloaded by the many natural, herbal, and holistic practices and products available to us today. Beyond that, herbalism is more than knowing which herbal remedy to use when a loved one is ill. It’s about creating a lifestyle of natural, sustainable, healthy choices that range from diet to exercise to gardening and yardcare to caring for family pets and even cleaning house.

A Family Herbalist can offer you support and coaching:

I’ll use my background in herbalism, education, and my intuitive skills to help you evaluate your current health and lifestyle then develop a plan for change that’s suited to your personal capacities and needs. Every step of the way, you’ll have the tools for success at your disposal!

  • Set goals

  • Make lifestyle changes

  • Choose the level and course of learning that makes most sense

  • Progress on your chosen path-be that learning through private lessons, independent study, or coursework with a specific program

  • Face Challenges

  • Re-evaluate your course

  • Celebrate Success

  • And more!

What about Certification?

Is there a Certification Process for Family Herbalism?

There is no certificate course, at least no credible ones, for Family Herbalism because the needs of each family can vary so wildly. There are basics most Family Herbalists need to know, like how to best extract herbal properties for medicinal use, but even that varies based on what’s available to you right where you are and what your family actually needs. One of the key tennents to Family Herbalism is Practicality. A good Family Herbalist needs to be knowledgable and practical with the ability to flex and adapt the practice as needed from moment to moment, age to age, family member to family member.

Why Work with a Family Herbalist?

I can help you:

  • Get Healthy
  • Eliminate Chemicals
  • Improve Your Diet
  • Learn Basic Homesteading Skills
  • Use Essential Oils for Emotional Support
  • Learn how to make your own Herbal Remedies
Learn Natural Approaches to:

  • Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Pest Control
  • Nutrition and Healing at Home
  • Caring for the Whole Family, Pets, too!

What makes me a the Family Herbalist you want to work with?

Herbalism is like breathing to me..how do you quantify a way of life into professional qualifications?

What began for me in my youth as a mild interest in the natural world evolved over the following decades into a way of life. At first, I picked up the odd book here and there, mostly large compilations of plants with their herbal qualities by authors like Leslie Brenmess. When my son was born, my life shifted, and with it my focus on living the most natural and holistic lifestyle I could arose. I found a teacher (Dawn of Dawn’s Enchanted Garden), and began an odyssey of independent herbal studies that continues today.

This snapshot of the books and programs I’ve worked through represents some of my herbal studies. As with the book reviews I write for my site, I have taken the time to read all the books listed cover-to-cover and have worked with at least three of the suggested practices, recipes, or designed and done exercises based on the concepts covered by the author. In most cases, I’ve done a lot more than that.

Beyond my studies I’ve been teaching and sharing my practice with others for more than a decade. I’ve helped many friends and family members, offering herbal remedies and suggestions, education and coaching, and lots of opportunities to come partake in my many herbal adventures.

Some of my studies include:

  • Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt and Learning Herbs

  • Winter Cold Care with Rosalee de la Forêt and Learning Herbs

  • The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Thomas Easley

  • Body into Balance by Maria Noél Groves

  • Icelandic Herbs by Anna Rosa Robertsdottir

  • Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy

  • Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller

  • DIY Bitters by Guido Mase and Jovial King

  • Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold

  • Aromatica, vol. 1 by Peter Holmes

  • The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar

  • Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird

  • HooDoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Ywronde

  • The Healing Grove by Stephanie Rose Bird

  • Sacred Plant Medicine by Stephen Harrod Buhner

  • The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt

  • Energetic Boundarie by Karla McLaren

  • The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren

  • The Path of Practice by Bri. Maya Tiwari

  • Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay

  • Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

  • The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook by James Green

  • The Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood

  • Dental Herbalism by Leslie M. Alexander and Linda A. Straub-Bruce

  • Herbs: Partners in Life by Adele G. Dawson

  • All You Ever Wanted to Know about Herbs for Pets by Mary L. Wulff-Tilford and Gregory L. Tilford

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My Mission

My focus is on helping you develop the lifestyle and practices you want to embrace. I am intuitive and patient. I know there is a path that’s just right for you on this journey, and my passion is for helping you find it and walk it with confidence and joy. I carry a deep love of life into everything I do. I am ecstatic about using my own experiences and knowledge to help you and your loved ones find joy and adventure as you transform your life into the dream you always knew deep down it could be.

If you’d like to work with me, contact me today! (Here’s an idea of what a Family Herbalism consult looks like to get you started.)

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