Do you live near the Driftless in northeastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, or Decorah, and wish to consult an herbalist?
Iowa herbalist Adrian White is happy to provide educational herbal consultations. If you have been looking for an alternative, natural approach to improving basic wellness and self-care in your personal life – and you live in the Driftless or Eastern Iowa area – Adrian White is a mobile herbalist and professional health/wellness writer willing to come to your home or rendezvous with you elsewhere for consultation (herbal consultation office being a work in progress).
See how plant therapy and nutrition can apply to your life style, struggles, and overall wellness situation.
Adrian White is a certified herbalist through two programs since 2012, and has studied and practiced herbalism since 2009, both independently and with stellar herbalists. Her teachers include Stephany Hoffelt of Naturally Simple Living and Charles Garcia, director of the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.
She is a also a regular contributor to Rodale’s Organic Life and Healthline. She works with many clients writing content, copy, and professional/educational content informed by her own herbalist knowledge, training, and research.
Clients include Primal Herb LLC, Paradise Herbs, Natural Health Sherpa, FoodUndressed!/Eva McLaurin, and the International Association of Wellness Professionals.
Issues Adrian is happy to walk through and tackle with you:
- Anxiety/Mild Depression Support
- Female Health
- Male Health
- Menstrual support
- Fertility support
- Immune System Support
- Digestive Issues/Gut Health
- Thyroid Support
- Basic good nutrition practices
- …and more
The consultation stems from an herbalist-based practice, but it does not end there.
Adrian may recommend an herb, blend of herbs, or even a variety of vegetables, fruits, nutrients, and wild foods for you. Consultations may also involve methods of life-coaching, lifestyle change recommendations, and nutrition suggestions.
Herb walks and wildcrafting could also be a feature, with instructions on how to identify, harvest, and prepare certain plants on your own that might be deemed a good fit for your situation, as well as with what’s available in your area.
Garden consulting can also be an educational part of her time with you, when the season is right. This involves education on how to grow certain foods and herbs yourself. Adrian is an organic farmer and gardener of near a decade, and co-owner of Jupiter Ridge Farm, which grows sustainable produce and shiitake mushrooms.
If certain clients are interested, Adrian may provide astrological chart readings, I Ching readings, and dream work to those who seek it. Adrian was a practicing professional astrologist for 3 years.
However, it should be noted: Adrian is an herbalist with a very scientific, practical approach to using herbs for health, often referring to studies and research data that support the best remedies of today, as well as those which are also backed by historical and traditional use.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, less “woo woo” herbalist to sit down and talk with, she’s the one. Adrian tends to keep the frilly trends of “magical” herbalism and mysticism out of the picture when it comes to the seriousness of people’s physical health – though that’s not to say she doesn’t believe or speculate on mysticism if you want to go down that road.
Consultations typically last 1-2 hours, at $50 per consult or per hour, and can be made up of any combination of the above approaches that are appropriate for the client or that the client requests. Consultation fees do not include the costs of materials, herbs, or other products recommended or given during the consult.
Adrian is open also to trade or bartering, and a sliding scale may be applied. No one will be turned away. Clients of any race, origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are welcome.
Perhaps a certain vegetable or herb could be an integral part of improving wellness in your life. Adrian can then show a client how to grow certain vegetables or herbs, whether in their own backyards or their homes, to have access to them themselves and feel empowered in their own health – that, or learn how to access them in the wild, source or purchase them, and/or prepare them on their own.
Please contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consult. Advice, help, suggestions, or ideas on how to improve your health are welcome.
WHAT CAN HERBS DO?
To me, herbs are the pumped-up version of “eat your vegetables.” Herbs are foods that we should consider implementing into our diets more and more in order to help our bodies reach the equilibrium that they have lost – even if we can only incorporate them in small increments.
Perhaps they don’t taste like french fries or ribeye. But some herbalists could argue that our intolerance of the “less easy” tastes of bitter herbs and vegetables is what has caused our falling from grace from good health in the first place, especially in the Western World.
Herbs are not medicines. They might be called medicines, though they more so support the body’s natural healing processes, not that much differently from nutrients – while some may have more dramatic effects than others.
My primary wish in becoming an herbalist comes from wanting to help people; but as herbalists, we cannot say or act in the place of doctors. We cannot diagnose, prescribe, or cure. But we can certainly help and work with people to better improve wellness, self-care, and lifestyle so that it better supports overall health in a holistic way.
According to legalities and ways we view modern mainstream medicine, herbs simply cannot and do not fit with convention. Herbs need their own category- not quite a medicine, not quite a supplement, and not quite a food.
In my practice, however, herbs are herbs. The closest to anything else in how they act on our bodies is like a supplemented food, in a way. They are a wholesome, healthful, natural food that speeds up the body’s natural processes and urges it to be well and heal itself. I know herbs well, and research voraciously wherever there are holes in my understanding as a huge part of my freelance writing work.
I hope that one day herbs can be regulated completely different from food, supplements, AND medicine all together, but that is a story for another time.
Coupled with good, healthy choices, persistence, nutrition, lifestyle practices, and optimism, adding herbs into your life can slowly but surely change around some of the most stubborn, deeply-ingrained health imbalances.
Even better, it can prevent the very worst that could happen – even if it is already set in motion – from happening.
Fascinatingly enough, many of our mainstay culinary herbs were once used as healing additions to our meals. Rosemary, thyme, and ginger, for example, were not just added to foods for taste. They had noticeable effects on the body too in positive ways, through actions and chemical constituents that are observed even today by both folk tradition and modern science.
As an herbalist (and an organic farmer), one of my greatest passions and goals is to bring together the infinite possibilities and myriad choices you can have when you combine herbs with healing foods. It’s easy…and you can find or integrate that kind of healing in practically every recipe.
With a client, I will sit down and listen to the issues on hand and try to find an herb, food, formula, plan, or other that will help enhance health in their situation. Before the initial consult, I may ask you to fill out some information on your health history, especially if your health history is complicated. This is to avoid making wrong herb choices for you.
It can be a bit like detective work, at first, until you find that perfect herb or herbal combination that fits. Who knows – it may turn out that you don’t really need an herb at all, but something completely different. The choices and wealth of food and herbal knowledge out there is extensive and overwhelming. That’s what herbalists are for.
Starting off with one consultation, a little session with me could get the ball rolling on some both tasty and healthy ideas to boost your health – and the rest of the work and magic is completely up to you.
If you are seeking this kind of service in the Driftless or Eastern Iowa, please feel free to contact me.
Contact me also just for custom tincture/extract formulas, suited to your individual needs, if desired.
Email: Adrian White, email@example.com
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