How Herbalism Has Improved My Life
Herbalism has been a wonderful gift to me. I stumbled upon herbal medicine when I was in a very dark time in my life. I was extremely unhealthy and struggling with depression and anxiety. Herbalism played a major part in healing my body, mind, and most importantly, my spirit.
A few years ago, I was dealing with many different health issues. I was going from doctor to doctor, desperately trying to find answers and diagnoses to my problems, with very little luck. I realized one day that allopathic medicine was not working for me. The doctors were not listening to me, the pharmaceuticals were not helping me (and were mostly making things worse), and the idea of separating each body system and treating it independently was just not making sense to me. I saw the body as a whole, and I wanted my treatment to reflect that idea. I began to think that I needed to take a different approach to healing myself. After much research, I finally stumbled upon a Naturopathic MD in my area and made an appointment. After my first appointment, I was so relieved that I cried. I finally felt like someone took the time to listen to me and show me empathy and understanding. I could immediately tell that this doctor and type of medicine deeply resonated with me. The doctor immediately and drastically altered my diet and put me on a very extensive treatment plan of nutraceutical vitamins and supplements and a few different herbal capsules and tinctures. I was feeling 10x better in a matter of a month or so. And after a couple years of treatment I was healed.
This experience was so profound to me that I realized I wanted to be a part of this lifestyle permanently. I wanted to help others find this type of healing and empower them to heal themselves naturally. The idea of becoming a Naturopathic MD sounded exciting to me but I had no desire to attend a decade or more of school and training. I began looking for some other type of school I could attend and some type of degree or certification I could work towards so that I could be credible and knowledgeable in healing people. That is when I discovered Heart of Herbs and learned about becoming an Herbalist and Aromatherapist. I have been working on my master certifications in each ever since. These certifications and courses have given me a direction in life and a life-long passion. This alone has given me a sense of confidence and happiness and has helped heal some of my insecurities and doubts about myself. It has been so empowering and I cannot wait to be finished so that I can pass this great gift on to others.
Herbalism is more to me than just a type of medicine. It has lifted me up when I was unsure if I could go on. It has connected me to nature in a way I did not even know was possible. It has helped me through dark times, such as death and grief, as well as wonderful times, such as pregnancy and birth. I am forever grateful to be learning and practicing herbalism.
By: Chelsea Phillips
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Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Students articles reflect the views of the student and not necessarily Heart of Herbs Herbal School. Educational programs are available at www.heartofherbs.com and you can find all of Demetria Clark’s books on Amazon. 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes: Recipes for life, family and all of your household needs. (Heart of Herbs Herbal School Herbal Guides) (Volume 1), Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, Herbal Healing for Children, Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Healing (Live Healthy Now)