Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the information about herbs that is available, and how to find the right herbs for you? Many people take the approach of ‘kitchen sink’ herbalism, and start taking every single herb that has ever been mentioned for a particular condition. The problem with this approach is that we are all unique- an herb that helps, for example, with stress for one person may not help for stress in another because they experience that stress differently. One person may feel hot, irritated stress, while the other feels cold, sad stress; they clearly need very different herbs to help support them. All traditional systems of healing have a system at their core for how to understand plants and assess people based on what we call energetics & constitution. The concept of Energetics within the context of Traditional Western Herbalism provides a framework for understanding how imbalance/illness may manifest within certain patterns of hot, cold, damp, or dry, and how to understand the actions of herbs within those patterns in the human body. In this class, clinical herbalist Betsy Miller will teach about how to recognize energetic patterns in people, and how to discover the tastes and energetics of plants as a way to fit the right herb to the person to optimize their health and wellness.
- An overview of the energetics of hot, cold, damp and dry within the context of traditional Western herbal medicine based on the teachings of Matthew Wood & Jim McDonald
- A comprehensive understanding of how those energetics show up in the human body & mind
- Learning how to identify the energetics of plants based on their tastes and effects within the body
- Gaining the ability to recognize signs and symptoms of energetic imbalance
- Knowing how to assess the effects of specific plants within the context of the energetic model
- Gain a functional understanding how to fit the energetics of an herb to the energetics of a person in order to best support their health and wellness
Betsy has always been drawn to the healing arts and the natural world. She began her self-study of herbal medicine in 2001, reading anything and everything she could on the subject of plant healing, and taking classes wherever she could find them. Drawn by her desire to be closer to nature, she attended the University of Vermont and completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Science and Ecological Agriculture, focusing on forest gardening with wild edibles and medicinals. During this time she also completed her 200 hour training in Vajra yoga, and taught for several years in the Burlington area. Desiring to pursue her study of herbal medicine, Betsy received her Masters of Science in Medical Herbalism from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She currently practicing as a clinical herbalist, licensed nutritionist and Healing Touch practitioner in the Washington D.C. area. She is focusing her practice on supporting fertility and reproductive health, immune system health and digestive health.