I’m a Christian Certified Family & Community Herbalist in the Bellevue/Omaha, NE area. My goal is to work with you and empower you to take charge of your own health. I will work with you on lifestyle, & dietary changes, and give custom herbal blends you can take to help you on your healing journey. I will also show you how you can make any of these things for yourself. If you’d like to set up a consult with me please take a look at my consultations page.
My Journey To Becoming an Herbalist
In 2008 my 3rd child was born. I began training for Strongman Competitions right after she was born. (I’d always been an avid weightlifter). My 1st competition was when she was 4 months old and I got 2nd place! 1 year into this after my last competition I got a bulging disk in my lower SI joint. I recovered from this but not completely, it would keep bulging. Problems then seemed to work their way up my spine. When I would work out I would get terrible shoulder and neck pains resulting in 3 day migraines. No amount of drugs would help the pain in my shoulder, neck or migraines. Sometimes a really good massage would help. I was in constant pain all the time. It started getting worse. Burning down my legs, arms, hips & back.
I went to specialist after specialist with no help. No one could figure out what was wrong. One doctor thought maybe I had Fibromyalgia, and said, I’ll give you Lyrica, if it works then you have Fibro, if it doesn’t, then I’m not sure what is wrong, & will just send you to a pain management doctor. Lyrica didn’t help, pain management doctor, didn’t help. Scans showed nothing wrong with me, yet I couldn’t weight-lift anymore, and I’d been weightlifting for 20 years.
At this point, 2 years after my daughter was born, and after a year of seeing various specialist’s, I’d pretty much given up on getting better. I then was introduced to a wonderful nurse working towards her Nurse Practitioners licence. She specialized in natural healing, mainly using nutrition & supplements. In 2 weeks I was working out again, just by changing my diet and adding supplements. I was amazed! I was hooked on learning about natural healing. I thought I was already eating a reasonably healthy diet. I learned my body just couldn’t tolerate some foods and I was deficient in nutrients. About a year later I learned about a local herbalist who was helping a friend of mine. I started seeing the herbalist to further my healing journey. This was all new and amazing to me. I learned I could go to my backyard, pick a weed, and heal myself. In the past, I ran to the Doctor for everything, and now with most things I can help myself and my family with the amazing herbs that God created. I can’t get enough of learning about herbs and their amazing abilities. I have lots still to learn and love learning.
My Current Goals:
In 2019 I finished this Certified Family Herbalist Course, and the Certified Community Herbalist Course. I will continue with the rest of the courses at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. My main goal is to become a Registered Clinical Herbalist, Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. This means, a group of peers will acknowledge I posses the knowledge & skill to work with others on their own healing journey as a clinical herbalist.
Oct 2019 – April 2020: Intensive with local Herbalist Mo Horner at the Free Community Herbal & Alternative Health Clinic located in South Omaha where I will be working alongside Mo as an herbal apprentice were I will learn more about tongue and pulse theory.
I have over 1,300 hours in herbal education to date, and am continuing in my education.
2015-2017 Herbmentor.com courses: Herbal Basics -John Gallagher; Learning Your Plants -Xavier & Rosalee de la Foret & John Gallagher; Foundational Herbcraft -Jim McDonald; Food as Medicine -Todd Caldecot; 5 Phases with Larken Bunce; Herbs in Practice -Rosalee de la Foret; 7 Rivers of Healing -Susun Weed; The Village Herbalist and Think Like an Herbalist & Planting the Cure -Heather nic an Fhleisheir.
2015-2018 Learning Herbs Courses: Compass Wheel, Herbal Cold Care, & Herbal Energetics -Rosalee de la Foret; Culinary Herbalism by KP Khalsa
2015 Wisewomanuniversity.com: Basic Course -Susun Weed & Medicine Making with Linda Conroy
2017 The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine: Intro Course 2hrs.
2015 – 2016 Aromatherapy Courses: Basic Aromatherapy Course -Aromatic Studies.com; 2- 2hr classes on Basic Aromatherapy Safety and Aromatherapy -Kate Bodmann; Aromahead.com introductory course; EO Ingestion & Aromatic Med. Masterclass -Jesse Hawkins w/Vintage Remedies.
2016 – Present American Herbalist Guild Webinars: Currently over 25+ Hours on many Herbal topics.
Endocrine Support: Maria Noel Groves 8 hr course
Webinars & Mini Courses by Stephen Horne & some with Thomas Easley 7+ hrs.
Anatomy & Physiology: with Tammi Sweet 24 hr Credit course
2016 – 2018 Rooted Wisdom Herbal Intensive Led by Kate Bodmann. Year 1 60 hr course. Year 2 60 hr. Intensive. Other Classes by my Herbalist: ABC’s of Herbs, Syrups, HOTM Mini Kitchen Meds; Summertime Herbal Meds; Herb Walks, HOTM for Kids.
Rosemary Gladstar’s: The Science & Art of Herbalism 50hr course – Part of the above Rooted Wisdom Herbal Intensive
Naturally Healthy Clinical Herbalist Course: 600 hr Course taught by Shonda Parker.
Many other countless mini courses, webinars, podcast’s, videos, books read and herbs researched.