As I was taught by my elders, I share with you......
"After a council of the animals, who in anger about the maltreatment
and dishonor shown them by the two-leggeds called man, they brought about illness, sickness and dis-ease to mankind. The
plants made the choice that the balance of Earthmother must be maintained and they choose that within the plant kingdom the
cure for all the illness, sickness and dis-ease would be found"...........A Cherokee Teaching
Herbal Medicine is, perhaps, the oldest healing art known to humankind.
My introduction to it began as a child with my Grandmother, who drew on her Cherokee roots for natural, homemade, herbal remedies
whenever we were ill. I have studied and practiced herbal medicine for 30+ years and I hold a Diplomate
in Herbal Medicine from the Institute of Natural Therapy in England.
Strictly speaking, aromatherapy
is a branch of herbalogy -- Herbalogy is about the use of the whole plant - flowers, leaves, stems and roots in a variety
of forms. Aromatherapy is specifically about the use of the essential oil which comes from certain plants. Both are based
on the use of healing plants, but in different ways. Aromatherapy has it's roots in the ancient healing practices of mankind.
Complete formulae and prescriptions recorded on clay tablets more than 3,000 years before the birth of Christ have been found.
Aromatherapy is truly holistic, taking into account the state of mind, body and spirit of the person seeking help. Likewise,
the use of herbs to aid the process of healing is a very ancient art - many believe it predates all written history. Almost
all modern, synthetically produced pharmaceuticals are based on medicinal properties i.e., the chemical compounds, that were
originally found in plants.
Today, many people, including many in the medical community, are returning
to the use of natural herbs and aromatherapeutics to treat illness and or dis-ease. Much scientific research is being done
into the chemistry and medicinal use of herbs and oils and this has helped to confirm their healing potential. Aromatherapy
and herbalism are truly complementary. In the practice of herbal medicine the use of herbs, in the form of infusions, extracts,
whole or powdered, will often be combined with and supported by the use of an essential oil. With few exceptions, oils are
used externally; their medicinally properties acting through the skin or inhalation. Herbs can be used both internally and
externally depending upon the form.
Having trouble sleeping? - lavender oil (aromatherapeutic) &
headaches or migraines? - feverfew (herb)muscles hurt after that workout? - rosemary/vetiver
oil(aromatherapeutic) & rosemary/crampbark (herbs)
Perhaps you have a condition or illness for which
your desire is for complementary treatment beyond the scope of traditional Western medicine. Perhaps you are seeking support
for your physical well-being as you process through an emotional issue. Perhaps you desire a natural way of taking care of
your hair or skin. Whatever the reason or issue, herbal medicine can be of great benefit AND I am here to serve.
YOUR INITIAL VISIT
In your initial visit I will take a complete
medical history; including any course of treatment you are presenting undergoing and any medications you are taking. This
is a very important aspect of our work together. Certain pharmaceutical drugs are contra-indicated with certain herbs. Certain
essential oils are contra-indicated with skin conditions or allergies. PLEASE NOTE:
I will never recommend that you discontinue any medical treatment that you are undergoing. Rather, my services are available
to provide complementary and supportive treatments. We will also discuss your quality of life and your over-all state of
well-being. Your initial visit may include a healing. At the end of your visit we will discuss your course of treatment,
herbs and/or oils to be used and follow-up visits. I will closely monitor your treatment to ascertain your progress. You
are always welcome and advised to call should any adverse reactions or concerns arise.
I do adhere to and comply with Minnesota State Statute 146which addresses
Complementary and Alternative
Health Care Practitioners
Interested in a Consultation?