Plant medicine

Phytotherapy

is the use of scientifically tested plant-based medicine to treat and prevent disease. It’s the most scientifically validated medicine in the category of natural medicine. It is recognised as modern and science based herbal medicine and practiced by medical doctors, naturopaths, and medical herbalists. Phytotherapy includes working with medicinal herbs and plants.

The term phytotherapy combines the Latin word “phyto”, meaning plant, with the word “therapy”, derived from “therapeia”, which is Greek for “care of healing”.

The foundation for phytotherapy is the ancient system of medicine. All ancient culture used plants as their primary source of medicine and most of the societies in the world, still depend on them today. About a quarter of the entire pharmaceutical drugs we know today, were formerly obtained from plant sources. The techniques used to estimate herbal medicines are analogous to those used by “conventional” medicine. However, in pharmaceutical drugs the one active chemical is isolated and often synthesized, and that is all that is used. When using plants, we are dealing with all the chemical compounds of the plant and this is why science cannot always explain why or how a medicinal plant works.

 

Herbalism

In herbalism we combine the knowledge of phytotherapy with traditional knowledge, handed down to us by empirical appreciation through generations of medicine woman and men, healers, shamans and witches and throughout different cultures.

Somebody that dedicates him or herself to the art and science of plant-based medicine in this way is commonly known as an “Herbalist”. Although this term misses some of the nuance of what we do, since we don’t only work with herbs but also with many other plant-based materials that are not considered herbs.

Many herbalists including myself, also advise on other aspects of health, like diet, lifestyle, vitamin intake and spiritual fulfilment. This is called a holistic approach; considering all aspects of somebody’s life in order not to just suppress complaints that a client experiences, but also working on eliminating the source of the problem. When appropriate, the herbalist will work together with other health care practitioners, to be able to cover all aspects that can help build and nourish the client back to perfect health and aid in prevention of future problems.

There are numerous roles that an herbalist can fulfil, dependant on the needs of the client. A few of those are; (health) consultant, teacher, coach or simply a listening ear. Each and every herbalist you meet, will have their own style, and this makes choosing your herbalist a very personal affair.

For this reason, I offer “finding-your-tribe consultations” at a very low fee. I want to give you the chance to get to know me before we make the mutual investment in each other, be it in time and in resources. In case you don’t “feel me”, I’m not right for you and I can help in giving you references of other experienced colleagues that you could work with instead. No hard feelings, no strings attached.

 

The kind of herbalist I am

To me herbalism is a lifelong journey of discovery and wonder. I believe once you’ve decided to become an herbalist, you must (and must want to!) commit to a life full of studying, trying, testing and very importantly, making your practice and the way you work with clients your own.

I feel I must put my soul into what I do, and for me that means incorporating other pieces of me into my work. All these pieces combined make up my unique personal style. To sum up some of my “pieces”: medicinal plants, magic, rituals, self-love, history, spiritualism, travel, affirmations or spell work, energy work, story-telling and educating.

 

The services that I provide

I provide plant-medicine/herbal consultations, herbal giftboxes, Shamballa energy sessions, online products and webinars.

From time to time I organize multiple day events on our farm in Spain, where you can attend an array of herbal/plant-medicine trainings, spiritual trainings from other amazing teachers, rituals, yoga lessons and meet many inspiring people that were meant to be on your path.

 

Courses

Currently I haven’t planned any training programmes or courses because most of my available time is booked with clients. However, if there are enough people who would be interested in an on-site training or in online available courses, I’d be happy to design new programmes. In case you’re interested let me know by filling in the contact form and I’ll get back to you!

 

Why you should enroll with me

  • Because you want to learn more about how you can provide self-care for your own body
  • Because you want to be able to provide natural care and prevention for your family and loved ones
  • Because you don’t have the time to spend thousands of hours of studying and research by yourself
  • Because you are sick of the side-effects that some of over the counter drugs mean to your health
  • Because you want to re-connect to the plentiful healing wealth of mother nature
  • Because you are curious, you feel something calling to you
  • Because something in my articles intrigued or sparked you, this is your intuition speaking to you

 

What you can expect from a consultancy

  • A full and comprehensive intake including: a detailed case and medical history, including diet, lifestyle and emotional states
  • individually prescribed herbal medicine and recipes on how to make your own with clear dosage instructions*
  • dietary, stress management and lifestyle advice or coaching
  • laboratory tests, simple physical examination may be done, or further medical tests may be advised via your medical doctor or independent laboratory
  • confidentiality
  • professionalism

Your herbalist is someone who:

  • is trained in the philosophies, principles and practice of herbal medicine and medical science
  • combines conventional medical knowledge with scientific and traditional understanding of plant medicine
  • takes a holistic view towards health and diseases
  • will assess you as a person and not a disease
  • prescribes effective doses of herbal remedies that are safe for human use in the prevention and treatment of diseases or the promotion of wellness
  • seeks to treat the underlying cause of disease
  • works towards stimulating or strengthening the body’s normal functions, and so helps the body heal itself
  • works towards creating a trusting and healing relationship with the client
  • inspires positive and lasting changes
  • provides nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and psycho-spiritual advise
  • maintains high standard of professional practice
  • is an authoritative source of information about natural health

* If you like me to prepare recipes for you, this is possible on request and against a small extra fee. All recipes are carefully hand-picked and formulated just for you, always made with quality ingredients, much love and topped off with a pinch of magic.

 

Differences between phytotherapy / herbalism and homeopathy

When I tell people about what I do I often get the response “oooh so it’s like homeopathy right?”. Nope it’s not. The common demeaner is the use of plant-based material in the core of the practice, although homeopathy also uses other natural sources, such as mineral or animal products. So what’s the difference I hear you ask. Well the differences lie in its principles and preparation:

 

Differences in principles

The most important difference between homeopathy and herbal medicine is that, unlike herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the principle of “similars,” or “like cures like.” According to this principle, a substance which can cause symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms.

For example: drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, the active ingredients in coffee could be used to treat people suffering from sleeplessness and agitation.

This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and small doses of allergens, such as pollen, are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. An important difference in homeopathy however, is that the medicinal doses are so small that toxic side-effects are avoided.

So homeopathy works by stimulating your immune system responses. A (weak) comparison can be made when looking at what happens when we get vaccinated. The theory is: a small amount of a certain disease look-a-like, gets injected into the body, which recognizes it as the disease and learns how to create antidote. Next time your body is exposed to the disease, your body can easily recognize it and create enough antidote for you not to get sick.

The prescription of herbal remedies in phototherapy does not follow the principle of similars. In conventional medicine, drugs are, in general, used to combat an illness and its symptoms. This principle is known as allopathy (directed against an ailment). Phytotherapy is also based on this principle.

Common features of homeopathy and phytotherapy are that they emphasise a holistic approach and the regulation of self-healing powers, and are based on empirical values. In contrast to herbal medicine, the scientific evidence for homeopathic products is less clear cut.

 

Differences in preparation methods

In homeopathy the ingredients are diluted in fluid by hundreds or thousands of times. In homeopathy it’s believed that in applying small doses, the body recognizes the threat or the response that the material could give within the body and because of that starts responding.

In herbalism, large amounts of plant material are used in treatment. The principle is not based on the theory that it works because your body recognizes it and responds with its own healing actions, but rather that it works the same way as conventional medication does: by the composition of chemicals and nutrients that are present in the plant material and that prevent or support healing of the bodies imbalances.

 

Why you should opt for a natural approach

Phytotherapy is mostly available to the world, as plants that are available in nature can be utilized and traded by everyone. As an added benefit, herbal medicines are much more tender on the human bodies than pharmaceutical medications.

 

Safety  

Phytotherapy is very safe and effective when prescribed by a professional herbalist. Self-care with herbs, due to their complexity, should be complemented with professional consultations. Work with a healing, patient-centred herbalist in your journey to use herbs safely for total wellness. Do not rely on the advice of sales professionals, the internet, over-the-counter sales employees, or sales promotion and advertisements for information about herbs. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, consult your herbalist.