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I am a wife (36 years), mom, avid gardener, cook,and passionate reader/writer. Holding a bachelor’s degree in both nursing and English literature and language, I have worked in the healthcare industry for over 35 years as a registered nurse in critical care, emergency, and flight nursing. I was a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) and taught classes on a variety of critical care subjects. It was my patient's desire for knowledge on traditional healing that redirected my focus. Over the last 20 years I have studied and taught on a variety of modalities in "alternative healing" including; aromatherapy, acupressure, reflexology, medical intuition with Caroline Myss, Healing Touch, Reiki, meditation and my favorite, herbalism. I have most recently completed a course of study with Rosemary Gladstar on the "Ecstasy of Teaching" and completed her Science and Art of Herbalism course. I have also studied the works of Guido Mase, KP Khalsa, Donald Yance, David Hoffman, Stephen Brunner, Amanda McQuade, Hilledegard von Bingen, Rosalee de la Forte, Dr. Martha Libster and Aviva Romm. I have completed herbal apprenticeships with two local herbalists, Jess Conaway and Carol Jacobs, as well. After spending the last 3 years caretaking my elderly parents disillusioned with the healthcare system, I decided to make a major change in my career. I am now following a dream working outside with plants, writing and teaching. I am a member of the Winona Herbal Education Society, United Plant Savers and Herbalists Without Borders. I have been published in United Plant Savers Journal and Journal of Nature and Forest Therapy. I am presently working on my first book using herbs as a part of care for the grieving. I have taught at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont, Midwest Women's Herb Conference, United Plant Savers Regional event and many local events. My goal is to educate people about good health from a variety of sources empowering them to make wise choices for themselves.
Winter is cold, full of sickness and not much energy, it is the perfect time for thyme! The Greek word for thyme was said to mean “fumigate” for its strong balsamic odor. It was often used as an incense to dispel illness and germs in the air. Another derived meaning comes from the Greek word […]Read more »
Did you also know Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a lovely medicinal aid? Long used in Chinese traditional medicine, it was primarily for “yin” deficiencies where there was dehydration or lack of fluid due to too much heat in the system. Western herbalist, Matthew Wood in his book, The Earthwise Herbal , offers a very insightful look […]Read more »
The voluptuous violet of spring is such a welcome sight not just in the forest but it is popping up everywhere! For example in mythology, one of the earliest tales of the Greeks told how Ajax slew himself over a cowardly act and where he died leaving drops of blood, violets are said to […]Read more »
The other night I dreamed of the holly bush. If you are a plant person, dreaming about plants is not so very unusual. I have often had dreams with plants or trees as the background to my imagining but this time, the holly bush was front and center. I have no holly growing in my […]Read more »
I was rummaging through some of my children’s old draft letters to Santa and I began to wonder which of my favorite herbs would be on Santa’s naughty or nice list? Dear Santa, I want to register a complaint about my placement on the naughty list. For years now, chamomile, rose and yarrow keep telling you […]Read more »
I love to cook but I hate the phrase, “mom, what’s for dinner?” I am always searching cookbooks, web sites and others for inspiration. Recently, while visiting my son in Minneapolis, I reversed roles and asked him that very question-“son, what’s for dinner?” I don’t get to the city often and on this trip, we […]Read more »
Hypericum perforatum or better known as St. John’s Wort is a great example of what happens to a herb when only one of its properties, not even its best, is over emphasized. After a quick Google search, the top 10 entries all discuss St. John’s as an “anti-depressant” when in fact traditionally, it is better […]Read more »
Chive Flower Vinegar Collect a good 2-3 cups of fresh chive flowers. Place in a quart jar and cover flowers with white vinegar. Be sure to use white not apple cider. Seal the jar with a plastic, not metal lid as it will leach vitamins and minerals from the vinegar. Set in a sunny window […]Read more »
Just like dear Cinderella who was looked down upon by her ugly step-sisters, chives are the hidden treasure herb of the garden. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about chives that may help you better appreciate this Cinderella herb. Allium schoenoprasum is a member of the Lilaceae-lily family with a milder flavor […]Read more »
I spoke with my sons this past weekend. Both of them are up to their eyeballs with study as they head into the last stretch of their college semester. I always try to send a fresh sprig of rosemary to them for their final exams. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember” (Hamlet, […]Read more »