How did you begin working with herbs?
I was invited to Oxford University to study Shakespeare through Yale University. Although Shakespeare was interesting, I found myself at the local health food store touching, smelling and tasting herbs and then spending the rest of the day in the massive Oxford library learning about botanical medicine. Sorry, Will!
Which herbalists have you learned from?
I began my studies with the herbalist Robin Rose Bennett and although I loved her 'spiritual' side of herbalism, my non-stop questioning about the clinical aspects of the plants made her take me aside and tell me that the teacher I really needed to study with was David Winston. I instantly purchased all of his books, listened to all of his lectures and became a 'behind-the-scenes' student. Then when I began studying with Dr. Mary Bove, she once again told me that David was the guy I needed to learn from!
Tell us about your practice.
I began my practice in the ghetto of Brooklyn, New York as a Lactation Consultant. I helped thousands of babies learn to breastfeed. Whenever problems arose their local doctors would immediately turn to antibiotics, steroids, and guidance like, "well, stop breastfeeding." I knew that women had been nursing their babies for thousands of years and that there were solutions in the botanical world. I began treating breast infections, chronic yeast, miscarriages, and excessive postpartum bleeding. My reputation grew and women began driving 3-4 hours to see me because I was able to integrate alternative medicine with conventional medicine. Then these same clients would bring their children to me for natural solutions for chronic ear infections, attention problems, and bed-wetting. My office was packed 6 days a week.
What are you doing now? We've seen so many photos of you on TV with H&A product bottles.
After my book, MOODTOPIA: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy and More, my practice morphed into helping thousands of women learn how to use herbs for their emotional health. I now travel all over the US doing workshops for women on herbs and moodiness. I also do TV segments for ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX news shows teaching people how to integrate alternative medicine with conventional medicine.