WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE
Western herbal medicine is the clinical practice of healing that draws from the herbal traditions of Europe and North America. It emphasizes the study and use of European and Native American herbs in the treatment and prevention of illness, although I do also use some herbs traditionally used in other areas of the world (i.e. China, India). Western herbal medicine combines the western view of the human body with the idea of “holism” (the sum is greater than its parts). Western herbalists aim to discover and address the root cause of an illness or condition, as well as provide relief for the current symptoms. Remedies are most often in the form of teas and liquid extracts, but may also include salves, creams etc…
Nutrition is the science and clinical practice of healing that uses food and nutrients to promote health and manage disease. There is a great deal of variation in the types of recommendations you might receive, depending on the practitioner. I strongly believe that the body responds best to gentle and supportive nutrition based and my recommendations reflect this belief (no fasts, no restrictive diets, no mega vitamin doses). My suggestions may include what types of foods to eat, when to eat them and how to prepare them. I may also make some nutritional supplement recommendations.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts, including essential oils, to improve the health and balance of the body and the mind. Aromatherapy works in two main ways: firstly is stimulates the olfactory system in the brain (sense of smell) which can then have a direct affect on our emotions. Secondly, when applied externally it enters the bloodstream through the skin and can affect the physical body. Remedies may be applied via inhalation (breathing it in), externally (applied to skin, added to baths etc…), or internally.
INTEGRATIVE SLEEP COACHING
An integrative sleep coach is a sleep authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive sleep choices. I help educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle, environment, emotional and behaviour adjustments.