What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbs have been an integral part of medicine from the beginning of civilization. Over 80% of the worlds population still uses herbs as their primary means of healthcare. The word "herb" means a plant used for the purpose of food or medicine.
Herbal medicine is a holistic therapy integrating lifestyle, mental, emotional and spiritual levels into its understanding of human function while respecting the life force of the plants and considering the ecological aspects.
Herbalists have the training and experience to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. Herbalists take into account the current history of the patient any currently prescribed medication and will know whether to refer to a doctor or to another health professional. We do not simply dispense remedies but try to identify the underlying cause of the disease and will treat each person as an individual. A course of treatment may involve specific dietary advice, helping the individual to develop healthy lifestyle skills in addition to individually designed combinations of herbs.
A single herb cannot generally be substituted for a particular orthodox drug. Herbs are used to help the body in its own healing process by supporting the systems that have become weak or out of balance.
Just because herbs are natural does not mean that they are entirely safe. Herb interactions with over the counter and prescription drugs must be considered. Often when prescription drugs are being taken the herbalist does not treat the condition but will support to recover the strength and the healing potential.
Have you wished for someone who will help you figure out which herbs, foods, supplements and personal rituals would truly benefit you! and help you return to vibrant health?
Are you trying to conceive?
Is there an area of health that you are struggling with?
Are you living with pain?
Are you seeing a decline in your energy level?
Do you feel groggy and slow after eating?
Do you have multiple allergies?
Are you suffering with insomnia?
Are you tired of your kids chronic coughs and runny noses?
If any of these resonate with you an herbal consultation may benefit you!
What Should You Expect from a Herbal Consultation?
The current practice of herbalism in United States focuses on supporting wellness as opposed to fighting disease. Many herbalists believe the strength of botanicals lies in their capacity to support the body as it finds the healing path. In other words, the focus is not placed on herbs fixing you but on nurturing intrinsic bodily wisdom. Herbs will provide daily support as you take them between consultations with your practitioner. The self-care nature of herbalism empowers you to care for yourself and better understand and care for your body.
On the initial consultation the herbalist records a detailed description of the patients problem along with a current and past family history, medical history and review of all the bodies systems. This reveals clues to the underlying causes of the problem and identifies which of the body systems require support and nourishment. The herbalist offers the tools to support the body transform in the form of suggestions for diet and lifestyle changes as well as herbal medicines.
How Long is the Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation takes between 1 to 1-1/2hrs. Follow up treatments 30 mins.
Consultations may be conducted in person or over the phone
When Will I Feel Better?
Usually a noticeable improvement in the condition will be noticed within 3-6 weeks. If the condition is "Acute" then improvement can be seen almost immediately. Long term chronic problems may take longer. Positive results with children are often experienced sooner.
Herbs may work more slowly than drugs to clear symptoms but can effect long term relief without side effects. Symptom relief is only a small part of the approach.
Illness is seen as a messenger of disconnection rather than a condition. The goal of the traditional shaman/curandera is often not to cure a condition but to remove its cause by restoring in the patient the sense of balance, harmony and reconnection to the sacred and the Earth. It is in the Spirit of the traditional Shaman that I offer this work.
What is spiritual cleansing? It is a type of healing that seeks to identify and cure the spiritual cause for any problem that is manifesting in your life. This can also be thought of as an energy clearing. Spiritual cleansing techniques are used to clear negative energy and improve your life.
Spiritual cleansing is based on the concept that everything is energy: humans, thoughts, plants, rocks, light, emotions, animals, space… everything. Energies impact and change each other. Spiritual cleansing isn’t limited to human beings. Since everything is energy, you can periodically do a spiritual cleanse on your home, car, workplace, objects you own, places you spend time in, etc. – basically anything that doesn’t carry a positive vibe.
A “limpia" or spiritual cleansing, is used to cleanse the body, mind and soul of negativity. Spiritual cleansing can be defined as spiritual hygiene – cleaning yourself from negative energies that we collect in each day of our life. It’s a matter of spiritual hygiene – just as you take a shower each day, you also need to cleanse yours energy body/aura regularly. An aura is an energy field that surrounds every living being. As we move through our life, our aura is our basic defense, protecting us from negative energies and weaker entities /attachments that fly all around us, all the time. As we move through life and get hit with powerful all types of powerful energies, our aura becomes weaker and sometimes cracking allowing these energies to enter us. Every living thing on Earth collects different energies on a daily basis.
You can use spiritual cleansing for: feelings of hurt, guilt, fear, shame, anger, resentment and sadness can be hard to get rid of and can easily manifest in physical problems), ’bad energy’, ‘bad vibes’ or unexplained disturbances or lack of well-being in a home or work place, to remove a persistent feeling of negative, heavy energy surrounding you.
What is the process?
A whole fertilized egg, that has been “charged” on an altar of seeds, candles and crystals is passed over the body in a scrubbing motion. I begin at the crown of the head and end at the soles of both feet. It is done fully clothed and in the standing position, when possible.When using the egg you are essential going through the person’s aura, and body, pinpointing specific areas if necessary, and allowing the eggs sponge like properties to absorb the energy. The egg traps the energy. The negativity transfers from you, to the egg. The final step, is breaking the egg it into a glass of water ,reading it and then disposing of the shells and egg.
This technique of spiritual cleansing using an egg is connected to many different cultures and traditions because the egg has long been regarded as symbol of life.
I am available for 45 min- 1 hour sessions either in Ashfield MA, Cheshire MA or Florence MA
In Cheshire you'll find me Haven Healing Center on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 805 Lanesboro Rd. the stone house on the corner of Farnum Road and Lanesboro Road).
(Cheshire: April 13th , May 10th, June 8th)
In Florence you'll find me at -Indigo Wholistic Healing Center on the last Wednesday of the month, 45 Main Street , Studio B, in the center of Florence, just minutes from Northampton and Easthampton and a short drive from Springfield. Located just behind the Cumberland Farms with our ample free parking.
(Florence: April 27th, May 25th June 29th)
Herbal Consultations: The initial consultation costs $80 and includes a short follow up session by phone 2 weeks after treatment has been begun.
Follow up sessions $45
Spiritual Cleansings (Egg Limpias) $60
Home Cleansing $100
You can book a session by emailing me. Payment can be either through paypal (blazingstarclinic (at) gmail (dot) com prior to appointment or by check or cash at time of appointment.