My love for herbalism is rooted in a passion for nutrition and working with food. Along the way of my college studies in my psychology program, I developed a fascination with the emotional connection to eating and the interconnectedness of body state and wellness to what nourishes us-be it food, behaviors, relationships, and how we choose to take care. In an attempt to shape a holistic educational experience I participated in human development courses, arts, and nutrition science with the support of self study of herbal knowledge. Efficiency, nutrient density, sustainability and resourcefulness inspire my everyday cooking. I love food as medicine. My kitchen creations are intuitive and a source of peace for me. Eating, cooking, making and taking herbs is all part of an awareness practice. Paying attention to tastes, appearance, aroma, and touch as you harvest + gather + process.
I believe in eating foods that are as close to their original state as possible, and utilizing those ingredients in creative and cost effective ways. I’m also adamant about self sufficiency; this extends into simple eating, cooking, and a traditional folk medicine approach. I feel that you gain a deeper connection to your food and medicine by hands on processing. One of the most significant acts of freedom and empowerment is sourcing your own food and learning how to take care of your health.
I am certified in sustainable health and nutrition studies under the teachings of Joan Palmer, Nigel Palmer, and Alison Birks of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition in Granby, Connecticut. This year of studies facilitated my love for wild food foraging and kitchen medicine. I am fond of the notion that our bodies reflect our environment, and how we treat one reflects on the other. Through this education I have learned how to tincture my own bulk and wild crafted herbs and make a variety of body and wellness products.
My interest in this work is also supported by my own journey of healing. Nutrition with an emphasis on traditional foods and herbal medicines directed towards emotional and nervous system support (I extend thanks to tulsi, milky oats, and rose as being my primary allies!) guided my process of healing an autoimmune disorder. I am grateful for a team of practitioners who assisted my journey of self discovery and healing with consideration to all aspects of my emotional, spiritual, and physical body. It is from this journey with illness that I strive to extend the tools of my experience to working with others, and I hope this page can serve as an element of that mission.