COVID-19: An Herbalist's Perspective

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Essential Oils & Aromatic Herbs for COVID-19 with Kathi Keville

Essential Oils & Aromatic Herbs for COVID-19 or any Pandemic with Kathi Keville

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 4pm ET (NYC Time)

Essential oils offer their specific ability to address disorders. Kathi will explore the realities and also "herban" myths, of what essential oils do and don’t do. We’ll look at their multiple properties as antivirals and to strengthen the immune and respiratory systems—and if and when we can turn to them during the current pandemic. Proper amounts will be discussed for each of their many uses.
Since essential oil’s aroma works on the brain, they also offer relief for the anxiety, depression, and insomnia that is increasing during these stressful times. We can draw on ancient culture’s use around the world by turning to aromatic gums, resins and trees, not only for physical and emotional health, but to inspire meditation and prayer that will guide us through trying times.

Guido Masé, RH(AHG) is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science.

He is chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters. He is developing the integrative phytotherapy department at Wasso Hospital in Loliondo, Tanzania.

He has a talent for explaining complicated subjects in an interesting and understandable manner. He creates a bridge between the scientific community and the public, feeding both groups with practical information that can be used personally in the home, or with clients in a clinic.

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist.

He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, folk ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine.

Paul has taught all aspects of clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1996, and has taught nutrition academically at both the university undergraduate and master's levels. He has mentored more than 400 students through 8-month clinical residencies in integrated herbalism and nutrition.

Tiffany Robbins is a clinical herbalist with a small practice in Pennsylvania. She also teaches community herbalism classes along with two other herbalists at Wisdom of the Plants Seminary. She studies the ethnobotany of many native cultures. She is a Penn State Master Gardener and Tree Tender. Tiffany is enthralled with the green world! She loves to forage for wild edibles and wildcraft her own herbal remedies. Fiber arts and natural perfumery are some of her favorite pastimes. Tiffany says her biggest claim to fame is her family. She is married with three children, cares for her 96 year old Mom-Mom, and their cat Tomato.

Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16. Her faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. In a small 8 by 10 foot room in her house, Deb began preparing various herbal remedies. In the fall of 1985, with her first mail order catalog and a small selection of herbal extracts and teas, Deb launched Avena Botanicals.

Kate Gilday has been a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher for over 30 years. A creative medicine maker, Kate is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center.

She is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. Kate brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents around the Northeast.

She has just stepped back from her practice to spend time with her grandchildren, and (finally!) begin writing a book about the woodlands she loves so well.

Elisabeth Weaver is an herb and flower farmer (Lancaster Farmacy), nature connection educator, mother, and musician. She plays guitar, banjo, and piano and uses her voice as her primary instrument. She was trained to play classical piano at a young age but took a different path by learning how to play by ear and her heart. She dove into the guitar in her middle school years, then came banjo, but her truest expression has been through her voice and singing.

Eli has been writing and performing for over 2 decades with Root and Wing, Grandma Shake, and more recently Chrysalis, her solo music project. Her songs tell stories of personal transformation, connection to place, struggle and liberation. She strives to create safe spaces when she performs and always encourages participation.

Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience.

The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine world-wide. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.

Tammi Sweet is a passionate and energetic teacher, brings 30 years teaching experience into the classroom. Her amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and utilize. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living.

Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School, and teaches throughout the country. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including a master's degree in neurobiology, teaching anatomy & physiology, massage school, yoga teacher training, herbal studies, collegiate athletics and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call the earth.

Your Instructor

Dr. Charis Lindrooth
Dr. Charis Lindrooth

When I graduated from chiropractic school (first in my class - woohoo!), my brain was in peak condition. Like most, that was a gift I took for granted.

I set up my practice as a young enthusiastic doctor and was just starting to settle in, when I experienced a double dose of harsh reality. First, my grandmother died from Alzheimer’s disease. Second, after pushing myself to excel as a student, my brain was suddenly uncooperative. I started having episodes of brain fog and struggling to focus in a way I had never experienced before.

The combination of these two events fueled my desire to learn more about the workings of the brain. I was determined to wade through oceans of information in order to find viable natural solutions to support healthy cognition - before symptoms became debilitating!

As I entered the world of herbalism, I felt like I had finally found my people. Being able to share my extensive research on brain health with this community of healers had clarified my sense of purpose.

Now, after two decades of research and work as a natural healthcare provider, I’ve developed a successful program that combines my two passions: brain health and natural healing.

It’s so inspiring to know that some of the core workings of the brain (i.e. memory, cognition, focus) can be improved and strengthened with plant medicine, diet modification, and lifestyle changes - no prescriptions needed. Using a large apothecary at my clinic, I’ve helped my patients overcome both chronic and acute health conditions – but my desire to help, heal, and teach eventually outgrew my small rural practice.

As founder of the MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference and Allies for Plants and People Symposium, I’ve created an ever growing community of healers. Expanding into an online community has allowed me to touch so many more lives, and for that, I’m grateful.

Organizing this research into an effective program and connecting with people that will benefit from it, is my life’s work. The transformations I’ve seen in patients and students that apply themselves to this program are what motivates me, and what makes me so excited to be able to share this with all of you. You deserve to live a healthier, more brilliant life.

If you have any questions about the program, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]. I’m here to help!

Yours in Health,

Charis Lindrooth, D.C.

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