What is an
There are many types of Herbalists - Clinical Herbalist, Wise Woman Herbalist, At-Home Kitchen Herbalist. Depends upon what they specialize in, educational background, experience --- it takes time to be good at it. You are Continuously learning!
Herbalists specialize in:
1. Percieve the Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits of herbs
2. Have Knowledge in the different types of Supplements and when it is appropriate to use them
3. Understand how to research herbs and what are their considerations for use.
Many Names for “Herbalist”- Certified Herbalist, Master Herbalist, Integrated Health Practitioner, Functional Health Practitioner, etc.
What Herbalists Do- Suggest or Consult others with the proper uses of herbs. They may be-Writers, Instructors, Manufacturers, "Influencers"- Many produce topical products or herbal remedies, teas, skin care products. Sales reps, advisors. Herbalists often Make their own niche.
Social Media Posts
Many people that post online on social media, youtube, etc. are not necessarily experts. Take their advice with a huge grain of salt. They may have good intentions or just want to post something interesting or want to act like an expert.
Research or consult with an herbalist before trying herbs and other natural substances, especially if you are taking medications or have a health condition. What works for one person may not work for you.
Consult with your health care professional or physican when starting an herbal program.
How to Research Herbs
Researching herbs can be complicated, look up what herbs are beneficial for and find out the herbs "considerations of use"
Follow these steps to help:
1. Look Online: Herbal Professional Organizations, Medical Websites and educated & experienced Herbalists. Avoid companies that are primarily trying to sell you something for advise- it may be a sales pitch.
2. Libraries & Book Stores: visit your local library or book store - start your collection one book at a time. Subsribe to Herbalists or Organizations
3. Take a Class: learning is a journey that takes time and practice. Taking classes online and inpersoncan help speed up the process.
There are many Herbalists and organizations to go to for reliable herbal information.
It is up to you to be an educated consumer!
Herbalists & Organizations: