I am an herbalist. I've been studying and practicing herbalism for almost 2o years now. I actually got my start at it running around at renn faires. My use of herbs is part of my everyday life. Some are period, some are not. I am just beginning to sort that out. I tend to think I could make a case for most herbs that I use, but that is because I am a traditional western herbalist. I have strewing herbs under my appliances, tinctures on my shelves and an entire herbal apothecary in my home. I grow most of my own herbs and make most of my own preparations. If I mention an apprentice to you (either in person or here, on my blog), it is because I have a few in real life.
My Mundane Training
Goddard College Health Arts and Sciences - BA HAS
At Goddard, I studied clinical herbalism,but also pursued ethnobotanical studies with a focus on ancient and medieval healing practices in Ireland, Scotland and England.
Scott Community College - AS Honors Biology and Nutrition
In addition to teaching at our community college and other local venues, I present at mundane conferences all over the country including the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference , the American Herbalist's Guild Symposium and Traditions in Western Herbalism. I am an associate academy educator at the Herbal Academy of New England. This year (2016) I will be the keynote speaker at the Midwest Herb Fest and teaching at Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. I am also the event manager of that conference. I write articles for herb magazines including The Essential Herbal Magazine, Plant Healer Magazine and Natural Herbal Living Magazine.
Here I am at dinner with presenters from the TWHC in 2011. That is me, on the left between Todd Caldecott and Christa Sinadinos and across from Kiva Rose.