All posts tagged: herbal healing

Nourishing Families

Catherine Klebl is Nourishing Families Food, herbs and healing touch – raising children of all ages to their highest potential Food deeply effects the way we think and feel. Allergies, mood swings, behavioral issues, body weight, low energy, food cravings and so much more can be vastly impacted by making simple shifts in diet. I help individuals, families, pets asses their eating patterns, develop new strategies that match their life style and implement theses in small steps. This may include meal planning, cooking classes, shopping excursions or keeping a diet diary. We can tailor to your needs based on my two decades of studying and eating natural, whole foods including fermentation, ancestral wisdom, Paleo, raw foods, macrobiotics, vegan/ vegetarian, gluten or sugar free. Medicinal Plants offer gentle support and nourishment to our bodies as we move through the challenges of daily life. Colds, fevers, the flu, wounds, infections, broken bones, gum disease, allergies, stress, insomnia, lack of energy and other ailments are eased and our recovery is sped up through the use of herbal formulas. …

Comfrey root poltice is messy

I find myself, for the second night in a row, in front of the mirror with a bowl of brown slime and a roll of Saran wrap. This time the brown slime is less chunky, but my fingers are much more tingly from handling it for a long time. A week ago I fell ice skating, yes in July. I dislocated my right shoulder. This is an old chronic weak point, though it had been almost 9 years since the last time it happened. If it weren’t for the lovely and kind Dr. Judith Boothby, my chiropractor, bailing me out on a Sunday, I’m sure I’d be in much worse shape. But as it is I have very little pain and a fair about of mobility. Still the job remains to rebuild all this torn tissue and hopefully stronger and more aligned than the last time. So I get to experiment on myself with herbs and other magic. The first week it was mostly Arnica; internal, external, homeopathic, oil, homemade tincture and lots of ice …

looking for practice clients for herb school

I am looking for a few folks who would like to receive a free health assessment from a budding herbalist. I have been working with medicinal plants since 2007 and am currently in my second year of the School of Traditional Western Herbal Medicine. I just learned a great in-depth way to do a client intake and need to practice it at least twice before June 20th. Are you interest in taking a closer look at your health? Do you have any current illnesses that you would like to get some help with? Would you like learn which herbs and lifestyle changes could best support you in your next step of healing? Do you suffer from chronic aches, pains, allergies or digestive troubles? Wholistic Herbalism looks at the entire person, not just the symptoms that are presenting themselves at the moment. Therefore we schedule 2 – 3 hours for the initial client intake. This allows us (the practitioner and the client) to look for patterns in the dis-ease. When did it start? What brings it …

Food Sensitivity induced abdominal swelling

This morning I woke up and my belly was noticeably flat. Just one day without any irritating foods can do that. Yesterday was totally grain and sugar free for me. It’s described as non gaseous abdominal swelling/ bloating and makes people look like they are pregnant. Do you, or someone you know sometimes have a big distended belly, one that comes and goes throughout the day and with eating? Well, it is likely caused by a reaction to an irritating food that makes all the lymphatic tissue in the digestive tract swell up. This type of bloating is different from abdominal fat and is not relieved by passing gas. But is most definitely relieved by removing the offending foods. As the bacteria in my gut get balanced out my whole being gets balanced out. The gut has more neural pathways than the brain, it is an aspect of our thinking. When it is inflamed and on high alert emergency mode, how might that make me feel? Tense, anxious, afraid and over time exhausted and depressed. …

Is all this healing work worth it?

Recently, on my way to herb school, I remembered a class from last year where a fellow student had helped me work on the chronic pain in my shoulder.  “Hmm, I haven’t really had that issue in months.” I thought to myself. “I wonder what else has improved in the past year or so. ” I, like many people, have an ongoing list of health issues that I struggle with. Currently it is my slow digestion that I am most focused on. It occupies a lot of my time and thought, to tweak my diet and herbs, massage my belly, focus on letting go of what I no longer need with ease … As I’m working with these little daily changes I get impatient and sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture.  I get frustrated with how slowly things change. Is all this healing work worth it? Sound familiar? But really, are they that slow to change? Here’s my health inventory. As I said, my neck and shoulders are no longer in chronic pain. …

Psyllium

Oh Psyllium, I have been taking you almost daily now for over a year and your smooth, gelatinous ways help keep my bowels moving. But for some reason I have resented you. I have held it against you that my bowels have this embarrassing habit of getting slow and dry and painful. I’m so sorry, you have been my savior, really, and I am deeply grateful for it. Today I look a little into who you are as a magical plant being, more than just a powder I buy at the co-op and ‘have’ to take. Psyllium is of the Genus Plantago, closely related to our average garden Plantain, Plantago lancelota and P. major. The seed husks contain a great amount of mucilage and when they are ground become a fine, tan powder that is strongly hydrophilic. Meaning that it absorbs water. Which helps to soften stool in constipation as well as firm up stool in mild cases of diarrhea. It is one of the most commonly used bulk laxatives in the US and is …

Fermentation Mastery

I just listened to Summer Bock’s teleconference on fermentation and was totally inspired. I love fermenting foods. Currently I have 7 in my home Saurkraut Kombucha Kefir Water Kefir Buttermilk Yogurt Sourdough I had pijma, but I just wasn’t delighted with it and how many ‘pets’ do I really need. In the days when I regularly ate gluten I made a fair bit of sourdough bread. Now I have converted the starter to gluten free grains and use it for pancakes and the occasional batch of Injera. But it seems I use the dairy cultures most. Anyway, Summer is my new inspiration. I saw her speak at the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering last fall and the way she has rounded out my understanding of what actually occurs in our gut and in a jar of kraut pleases me greatly. Plus after seeing her do it I started to add medicinal herbs to my kraut which is totally delicious and delightful. Today I learned more about the types of dis-ease caused by unbalanced intestinal flora which …

Naturally Occurring Nervous Tension

“Back Flower Essences for Naturally Occurring Nervous Tension” it says on my bottle of Oak flower essences. And probably all the Bach essences. What struck me about it today is that it refers to “naturally occurring” nervous tension. I believe I have been under the assumption on some level that nervous tension is not natural. And suddenly I realize the weight that that belief carried. If I am nervous then it is something that I should not be and I must fix it right away. Ahh, dear Dr. Edward Bach, already in 1932 when you were presenting your work on flower essences you knew that nervous tension is a normal and natural part of being alive as a human. And what a relief for all your patients. I can see this shift of thinking applying so easily to my own work as a healer. When I work with someone, whether with herbs or Reiki or sound I am mostly honoring them as a perfect being in the process of awakening to themselves. Any discomfort is …