the contemporary relevance of traditional wisdom
We need roots. And not just the plant kind. In our quest to defy age and become bigger, better, badder and more beautiful we stand to lose the wisdom that has existed for centuries. The most potent medicine is grandma’s medicine, and not just because it’s made with love, but because it comes from generations of stories, experiences, tenacity, and grace.
Maintaining good health is not simply staying within the “average” designations of our yearly blood work. It’s a constant and careful movement towards a more complete sense of personal self. It is how we, as individuals, maintain this delicate balance with the ecosystem around us, including not only the natural world of plants, animals, and geology, but also human-made architecture, roadways and public spaces.
I believe herbal medicine allows humans to be unique and whole beings, not a series of broken parts to be remedied bit by bit – and without regard to mind, spirit, personal and sociocultural identity.
Much of our work together will be moving toward the middle of things. Herbalism is not heroic in action. It exists in nurturing the youthful saplings not quite yet big enough to reach the light – exploring the best pieces of ourselves and giving them the proper conditions to thrive. Like any healing process – acupuncture, physical therapy, psychotherapy, yoga – reconnecting with- and healing from- the natural world takes time. Vitality is a process that is reciprocal and interdependent.
It is my passion to help individuals restore, reflect, and play in the dirt a little bit more.