Contemporary Western Herbal Medicine
Who goes to a herbalist?
People that are ready to take charge of their own health go to a herbalist. The herbalist offers them individually formulated combinations of herbs that are just right for their own situation and concerns. The herbalist offers guidance on how to develop a broad, pro active lifestyle focused on health and energy. Starting with the first visit the client will be managing their health rather than their illness.
Others go to a herbalist because they want to start using natural medicine in addition or instead of their pharmaceuticals. The herbalist knows how pharmaceuticals and herbal medicine interact and can guide them through this process. Together with the client the herbalist will pursue a path leading to more awareness and balance in health.
And some people go to a herbalist to check if they are doing the right thing. They already buy supplements and herbs on-line or in retail stores. They simply want to know if they have developed the best approach for themselves.
Henriette has a Masters degree in Herbal Medicine from Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD. She uses modern, science based herbalism, traditional Western and Native American herbalism. Her training allows her to create a blend of herbs specifically for the unique needs and possibilities of each individual client. Henriette can help you with a wide variety of chronic health concerns, such as diabetes, HIV, Lyme, depression, high cholesterol, menopause, lack of energy; and acute issues such as a cold, period cramps, panic attacks or a skin rash. Henriette works with children and grown-ups and offers alternatives to the use of pharmaceuticals based on the herbs’ natural forces to strengthen health. Habanera Farm, LLC grows many of the herbs used in her practice. Henriette finds her inspiration for healing in her love for nature; centuries old traditions and the energy of the land.
Henriette can be reached at 410.873.2953 (MD) or 302.604.9856 (DE) or via email at Henriette den Ouden, MA.
What can I expect from a visit with the Habanera Farm Herbalist?
New clients complete a health questionnaire focusing on their concerns, their history and their use of pharmaceuticals and supplements. The herbalist and the client will review what is going on physically, and at the same time define what it is that makes the person who they are – not just the disease or the complaint. The client and the herbalist together describe the situation and both take responsibility for improvement. The herbalist can provide a combination of different herbs, either as a tea, a tincture (an alcohol/water solution) or as herbal capsules. Vitamins and supplements can be provided or recommended as well. The first visit takes one to one and a half hour. Follow up visits take about 45 minutes and are used to check progress as well as fine tune the herbs and supplements previously recommended.
Why would I come to a herbalist?
An educated herbalist can help you with all health concerns. Examples include: diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, Lyme, depression, high cholesterol, menopause, digestive issues, eczema, asthma, joint pain, allergies, overall lack of energy, not feeling well, vulnerable to infection, weight loss, detoxification, and other health concerns. The herbalist will know when it is necessary to work directly with your doctor or / and refer you to a specialist or another practitioner at Habanera Farm.
How do I know my herbalist has the right knowledge and skills?
The Habanera Farm herbalist has a Master’s of Science in herbal medicine. This 3 year program, including clinical training, allowed for the development of a solid foundation and knowledge of the theory and practice of supporting health and wellness, the potential of herbs, the foundation of herbal medicine, human biology, and varied healing traditions. Henriette continues to increase expertise through continuing education, offering workshops and classes, sharing knowledge as a public speaker, participating in the herbal community and following the newest scientific developments.
Herbs have been the foundation of healing systems around the world for thousands of years. Traditional peoples from all cultures and continents, relying on the resources available locally, have used plants to help promote spiritual, emotional and physical health. Although the scientific study of many of these plants is relatively new, centuries of empirical evidence provides a deep bed of knowledge that shapes the study and use of plant medicines today. There are many ancient and highly developed systems of herbal medicine that serve as the foundation for modern herbal practice. Some of the most common traditional systems include Ayurveda from India and the Chinese herbal medicine tradition. North American herbal traditions include both American Indian practices as well as homegrown medical movements of the 1800s and early 1900s. Contemporary Western Herbalism integrates modern science based herbal knowledge with the traditional North American and European traditional wisdoms.