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Creating Holistic Herbal Remedies: Suzanne O’Gara, Certified Herbalist

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/22/21 4:00 PM

When things don’t go as your plan or back-up plan, don’t sulk. Make new plans! The sun doesn’t stop shining just because of dark clouds.” - Unknown

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Topics: western herbalism, SWIHA, entrepreneur, Natural Healing, Herbal Medicine, herbal remedies, natures herbs, Holistic Herbal Remedies, make medicine, flower medicine

Meet JoAnn Sanchez: Herbalist, Educator, Friend of Earth & Western Herbalism Program Director

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/1/20 4:00 PM

JoAnn Sanchez is trained in social work, forestry, natural resource development, botany and describes herself as a “primarily self-taught Herbalist” with experience spanning four decades.

“A natural attraction and affinity to plants began in childhood,” says JoAnn, program director of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, “as it is with many Herbalists.”

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Topics: western herbalism, Natural Healing, Herbal Medicine, SWIHA Staff, Plant Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming an Herbalist at SWIHA

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/27/20 4:00 PM

Plant medicine is far from a new method of healing, yet we see a renewed interest in recent years to return to the ‘root’ of wellness – treating mind, body and spirit with holistic, natural practices. Beyond caring for our home—the Earth—we believe in an inherent right and responsibility to care for our wellbeing; knowledge of herbal remedies provides a self-empowering tool to provide self-care and therefore extend this learning onto others.

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Topics: western herbalism, Herbalism, Natural Healing, Plant Medicine, Herbalist

Emerald Martin on Becoming an Herbalist & Finding Her Purpose

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/20/20 4:00 PM

My life has changed in ways I would've never expected,” Emerald Martin, founder and owner of Green Vibes Wellness tells us, “I had no idea what I was getting into.”

Emerald’s company has been thriving since 2019, a testament to her transformative approach towards Herbalism and Holistic Health. Green Vibes Wellness offers services including one-on-one coaching/health review sessions and a variety of herbal remedies custom-made for each individual client.

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Associates Degree

Aid the ‘Root’ of Your Immune System With These 3 Common Ingredients

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/17/20 10:25 AM

We all know our body possesses natural defenses against sickness—our immune system, a dynamic and ever-learning mechanism to keep us healthy and fight off infection. However (and especially with the emergence of the novel Corona Virus) you may be looking to boost that ability alongside the other precautionary measures you’re taking. In holistic healing, we believe in addressing the ‘root’ of mind-body-spirit health, so today we’ll be doing exactly that—with three roots that are excellent ways to support your immune health!

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Topics: western herbalism, Recipe of the Week, Recipe, Natural Healing, Holistic health, Plant Medicine, Immune System

Herbalist Terri Martin is Keeping the Tradition of Plant Medicine Alive

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/9/19 3:00 PM

“I'm almost 65 years old and I feel more at peace with my life than ever,” says Terri Martin, a graduate of the Wesern Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

Many years ago, Terri attended an Aromatherapy class on campus and later reconnected with SWIHA via social media. She tells us, “I attended an open house for the herbalism class and was instantly struck by how perfect it was. I signed up and have never regretted it!”

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Motivational Monday, Holisitc Nutrition, Natural Medicine

Go Smudge Yourself: A Ritual for Mercury Retrograde

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/11/19 3:00 PM

Have you been noticing communication issues, technological mishaps, or difficulty with your emotions lately? Yep, it’s true: We are in Mercury Retrograde until July 31st. Fear not! There is a simple ceremony that may help relieve some of the tension.

Smudging is an ancient Indigenous American ritual with thousands of years of history and the ability to powerfully cleanse energies. If you’re looking to reduce emotional and spiritual negativity in your body and living space, a smudging ritual is an excellent way to do so and Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time!

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Topics: western herbalism, spiritual studies, mercury retrograde, Sacred Space, Ceremonies

From the Marines to Massage Therapy: Rudy Frame Follows His Heart

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/20/19 3:00 PM

Rudy Frame is a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and currently pursuing the 700-hour Western Herbalism program at SWIHA. He’s been a SWIHA student since 2005, when he took a course on Gua Sha while working in a chiropractor's office.

He tells us: “I took a different route of service for six years in the United States Marine Corps, traveled the world and completed a Bachelor’s degree. However, government work was no longer appealing to me. Like a light bulb it hit me: go back to SWIHA and work on my own healing journey from my short time of intense service in the Corps.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Massage Therapy, yoga, massage therapist, SWIHA Staff

Spice Up Your Life! Super Seasonings With Major Health Benefits

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/11/19 3:00 PM

Herbs and spices have been an integral part of cuisines around the world since the days of hunter-gatherers; and not just for their taste! Early Egyptians, Indians and Greeks are just a few cultures who have documented the use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes and passed down their knowledge from generation to generation.

In the present-day, modern science has uncovered some fascinating properties to these tasty additions, reaffirming some ancient knowledge and discovering new ways of thinking about what we put in to our meals. As the great thinker, Hippocrates, advised us: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Today, we’ll be looking at some super seasonings and their studied health benefits!

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Topics: western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Alternative Medicine, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Food

Never Stop Learning: Roann Monson on the Power of Finding New Passions at Any Age

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/12/19 8:00 AM

Roann Monson re-defines 80!

After 30 years of working in the ASU library, Roann retired on a Friday evening and came to work in the SWIHA Bookstore the following Monday morning. She then enrolled in Western Herbalism, a two-year program that is one of the most comprehensive and rigorous herbalism programs in the country.

“People travel here from out of state to study herbalism here at SWIHA. I learned so much from the herbalism program. In fact, I drink rosemary tea every morning for memory,” reports Roann with great pride.

Also a graduate of SWIHA’s Spiritual Studies certificate, Roann is proud to say, “I was ordained as a minister in the very first class of students that KC Miller, the school founder, was able to ordain as ministers.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, western herbalism, spiritual studies, yoga, national life coaching month

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