Herbalism

IMG_6432We are in the midst of a revolution right now.  For thousands of years, people from cultures throughout the world have worked with herbs to help themselves and their communities work through mental and emotional pain and suffering.  In the West we had mostly lost touch with this rich tradition of working with plants to ease distress.  But in the last 20 years, an enormous change has happened.  People are rediscovering the amazing powers of herbs for helping them work through their struggles.   From the use of teas, syrups, tinctures and strong plants to aromatherapy, infused bath salts and flower essences, folks are finding their ways to a wide range of traditional healing tools.

In 2016, I decided to make a comprehensive website that people could go to called Herbs for Mental Health.  This is a free resource where people can learn an enormous amount about how plants can help people to heal and recover.  Here is a partial list of what herbs can do to help with the process of recovery:

 

Nourish

Build resiliency

Improve Gut Health

Calm

Alleviate pain

Improve mood

Stimulate

Reduce inflammation

Bring pleasure

 

As an herbalist who specializes in working with people who are struggling with mental and emotional issues, I am able to help you navigate the many possibilities for healing and make suggestions for helping you on your journey.   My work is as a collaborative partner and I work from a trauma informed perspective.  Traditionally, helping people heal from distress has long been the domain of wise women and men acting as kitchen herbalists and hearthside healers.  The simple practice of offering rest and comfort, a cup of tea and a listening ear is what I call folk counseling.  It is the oldest and most basic form of helping someone when they are down, confused, distressed and overwhelmed.   I am rooted in a ground up, resiliency based model of herbalism that

 

-  Is based primarily in nourishment.IMG_5762 (1)

-   Honors traditional ways of helping people in distress.

-   Honors neurodiversity.

-   Is non-hierarchal.

-   Sees plants and the natural world as key tools to help people to heal.

-   Based in social justice.

-   Based in love.

 

If you are wanting to work with me as an herbalist, I am accepting folks on a sliding scale from 50-85$.  I also work with people for 5 session packages for 250$.  Please reach me at jonkeyes@hearthsidehealing.com or by phone at 503-890-3138.