As Sean Donahue says, “My work as an herbalist is the work of connecting people with plants that can help them find physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. Any resemblance to work intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions is purely incidental.”
People usually ask, “How long have you been working with herbs?” And the truth is, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t engaging with plants – from making potions in the backyard as a kid, spending weekends in the kitchen with my grandma, to intentionally learning about herbalism at 18 – plants and the natural world have always played a major part in my life.
My approach to working with herbs is a holistic one and mirrors my own experiences. As a child, I was prone to all sorts of health issues – allergies, chronic ear infections, inflamed GI, gluten intolerance, hyper-sensitivity to physical pain/sensations (the doctors called it, “pain-intolerance”), stress/anxiety, and depression. Like most Americans, I grew up taking pharmaceuticals to stave off my various symptoms. And like most Americans, my health issues were never actually resolved, just worsened over time. When I was a young adult, I learned about the benefits of herbs, the foods we eat, and different lifestyles that supported balanced wellness. This changed my entire perspective on what it means to be healthy and how to work with imbalances within the mind, body, and spirit. Learning about herbs shifted my approach from reductionist to a holistic one.
My first ‘official’ herbal education was studying clinical herbalism at Vital Ways in Portland Oregon for 2 years in 2016, working closely with a number of highly knowledgeable and skilled herbalists. During this time, I also took classes with Scott Kloos, diving more into the meditational/psycho-spiritual work with herbs. I have since taken classes at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, Herbal Medics Academy, as well as continue self-study.
Working with herbs in a mindful, holistic way is a foundational part of Rooted Remedies and the work we do. 30-40% of the herbs used at Rooted Remedies are ethically and sustainably wild-harvested by me, using the guidelines from United Plant Savers. The rest of the herbs are sourced from local farms who share similar values in caring for the earth and giving back, such as Rise Up Remedies and Urban Acre. For a full list of vendors, click here.
It is my belief that personal wellness is foundational to healthy communities. The products created at Rooted Remedies are intentionally formulated to bring balance and vitality to the body, mind, and spirit throughout the year.
I am an educator and herbal practitioner. It is my goal and intention to support and empower you in this journey of reconnecting with yourself and reclaiming your health through herbal supplements and holistic living.
Important Things To Know:
My ultimate goal is to help empower YOU on your journey to health
I will support you in your healing and growth through education and consultation
I am not a doctor, therapist, psychologist. I do not claim to heal, diagnose, treat, or cure anyone.
I have a network of other practitioners will refer you out if your needs are outside of my scope or practice, if you need additional people on your team, or if we just don't jive