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

How is herbal medicine different from modern day pharmaceuticals?

When using herbs as medicine, you are employing the entire plant (root, flower, leaf, rhizome, etc) which consists of hundreds or thousands medicinal constituents to address specific issues. This differs from pharmaceuticals which are manufactured to address one specific goal (which they often do very effectively). Pharmaceuticals, standardized as they are, do not always take into account the synergy of multiple body systems, often leading to unnecessary and potent side effects. Herbal medicines were not created for your specific diseases and illness, therefore there is no herb to “treat arthritis” or to “treat IBS”. Herbs in the right combination can be remarkably effective in providing holistic support that is not just symptom specific, but whole body supporting.

Are you currently accepting new clients?

No, I am not currently accepting clients for 2020. My calendar is full this year, and I may re-open consultations to new clients in 2021.

I can’t purchase a session directly from your site. Why not?

Before committing your time and money to a session, I want to make sure we’re a good fit and all of your expectations for the session can be met. This is a simple email process, and once I feel like we’ll be successful together I will invoice you appropriately via PayPal and also send you additional intake paperwork to begin our sessions.

What kinds of health issues can you help with?

All kinds! I specialize in digestive health, circadian rhythm imbalances and sleep support, holistic nutrition guidance, food intolerances and allergies, stress support, and general wellness. I am also comfortable seeing folks with skin issues, hormonal imbalances, women’s health support and healthy aging. I love working with preventative health options. You don’t necessarily even need to have something showing up or an active diagnosis to get the best support possible. We can review your health history and current health status and see what adjustments can be made to help you progress in your health successfully and sustainably.

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 likeminded 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!