What is an herbalist and how are they trained?

An herbalist is a highly trained practitioner skilled in the art and science of matching medicinal plants with people. Botanical medicine is both incredibly simple and amazingly complex. An herbalist has extensive knowledge of not only the medicinal potential of botanical medicines (from phytochemistry to pharmacology) but also a solid understanding of human physiology and pathophysiology. Combine together, this allows an herbalist to provide holistic support of varying illness using the therapeutic potential of medicinal plants custom compounded to fit each individual need.

What is your education?

M.Sc Herbal Medicine and Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (2009-2012)

Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) by the Maryland State Board of Dietetics and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) from the National Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists. This is the governing body of advanced  nutrition professionals in the United States, requiring an advanced degree in nutrition, the completion of a national exam and at least 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training.

BS Horticulture & Landscape Design from Virginia Tech

Are you currently accepting nutrition / herbal medicine clients?

No, I am not currently accepting clients for 2021. My calendar is full this year, and I may re-open consultations to new clients in 2022.

Do you accept guest post submissions for your blog?

No, I do not accept guest submission at this time.

Do you do Collaborations on your blog?

Yes! I love working with other like minded holistic herbal / lifestyle companies and brands, big or small, where environmental stewardship, conscious consumption, fair trade and ethical business practices as well as botanical, herbal and agricultural sustainability and organic standards of production are part of their brand philosophy. For more information, visit the Collaborations page and feel free to get in touch!

I want to get started learning more about herbal medicine and holistic living – where should I start?

I love this question, and write quite a bit about this in my interviews with students, teachers and founders of various herbal and nutrition schools here and here!

Do you do your own photography / What photography equipment do you use?

Yes! I do my own photography at this point, however I do work with my friend Renee from time to time for larger photography shoots. If the photography is not my work, they are credited in the post. I use a Canon 5D Mark IV, along with iPhone Moment lenses, and edit with Adobe Lightroom.