WORK WITH AN HERBALIST or DIY?
No matter how much any of us know, we never ever know it all. We tend to only see some of the stripes on the beach ball which represents our situation.
Sometimes what to do is so clear and yet even as an experienced herbalist I still sometimes don't feel like I know what to do. Sometimes I'm unsure how can I use herbs efficiently and appropriately for the change I am trying to make or I don’t know how to use the plants to go deeper, underneath the symptoms into the underlying matrix that they arise out of.
That is when I talk to an ND (naturopathic doctor) or functional medicine MD or NP or another herbalist to get another view, more ideas, and a deeper look.
So my rule of thumb for seeking out a pro is this: If I'm not seeing enough change over a period of time or just don’t know what else to do, I get help.
There are times when the best thing to do, given the body's basic intelligence and the power of the mind, is to treat the constitution rather than the condition.
We change over time too, hopefully getting more balanced and stronger and calmer but sometimes life gives a triple whammy, the big stuff happens and we need to recalibrate.
This can be hard to figure out yourself especially if you aren't used to thinking this way and that is a good time to see someone and talk it over. Maybe it’s time for more rest or for a cleanse.
We have habits of thinking so it can be good to break the habit of being ourselves and doing things the same way. Our own go-to herbs or formulas or supplements or diet may not be helping us anymore or deeply enough.
For instance, the change of seasons (as in winter to spring or fall into winter) are great times to do a bit of a program and strengthen constitution AND work to avoid the symptoms that come up in the approaching season for instance allergies in spring or going into winter from fall various respiratory issues.
Sometimes the cost of care out of pocket feels too big a price to pay but if you prepare well and ask good questions and find someone you feel heard and seen by, the benefits can last a long time or at least get you going in a good direction.
You can learn more about how our consults work here. We are still doing zoom meetings as it is so convenient, especially for those at a distance or in a different time zone. You can call or email me here to schedule your consultations.
Together we will consider how herbs can support you. We will spend about 60 to 75 minutes in our first appointment. This gives us time to assess and make adjustments. We might also discuss diet, exercise, supplements, or other wellness practices like breath, bodywork, yoga meditation, etc.
In the meantime, we're always happy to answer your emails with questions about the plants themselves. They hold many keys to great good health.
Be Well and enjoy the coming of Spring.
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My name is Bonnie Bloom and I am a clinical herbalist. Plants give us clothing, shelter, food and medicine. They are an intrinsic part of our earth ecology, diverse and essential. They breathe our carbon dioxide and generously give us oxygen. Where would we be without them.