Donna Troy Cleary

Why buying herbal products from an Herbalist makes sense.

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Why buying herbal products from an Herbalist makes sense.

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I am reclaiming my familial history of Irish Herbalist, healer, wise woman, medicine woman. I worked for 13 years as a Registered Nurse in a major teaching hospital in Boston and am now the highest-level apprentice under Master Herbalist, Karen Rose of Sacred Vibes Apothecary. My father’s family ran an Herbal Medical School in Ireland from 1400-1700 and my mother’s maiden name is the Gaelic word for medicine, meaning her family were Herbalists as well. Herbs are medicine and humans have used them for tens of thousands of years. Plant knowledge was passed down generationally in Ireland, until having a profession became illegal for the indigenous Irish under British occupation.

I have the knowledge base to carry this tradition of healing into the 21st century and it comes at a time when Big Pharma and Mega Brands have turned their eyes toward profit, not healing. I acknowledge and respect much of the science that has expanded our understanding of the human body while recognizing that Bio-Medicine, while often effective, is also accompanied by harmful side effects. Big Pharma has driven health insurance costs so high that large portions of the population are underserved or not served at all.

The majority of the herbs I use have been hand-gathered by me, following the tradition of ethical wildcrafting. This method recognizes the interdependence, reciprocity and necessity of respect between humans and plants. If not found in the wild or grown by me, I source the herbs from a local Certified Organic Farm.

My methods for extracting the medicinal properties from the plants and fungi have been time tested by my teacher.  They are consuming and precise.

As much as I respect crowd sharing, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet.  Be sure you’re getting your products from someone who has the education to insure they will be effective.

Spiral Herbal Remedies can also be found at Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY every weekend from 10-7pm.

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I am reclaiming my familial history of Irish Herbalist, healer, wise woman, medicine woman. I worked for 13 years as a Registered Nurse in a major teaching hospital in Boston and am now the highest-level apprentice under Master Herbalist, Karen Rose of Sacred Vibes Apothecary. My father’s family ran an Herbal Medical School in Ireland from 1400-1700 and my mother’s maiden name is the Gaelic word for medicine, meaning her family were Herbalists as well. Herbs are medicine and humans have used them for tens of thousands of years. Plant knowledge was passed down generationally in Ireland, until having a profession became illegal for the indigenous Irish under British occupation.

I have the knowledge base to carry this tradition of healing into the 21st century and it comes at a time when Big Pharma and Mega Brands have turned their eyes toward profit, not healing. I acknowledge and respect much of the science that has expanded our understanding of the human body while recognizing that Bio-Medicine, while often effective, is also accompanied by harmful side effects. Big Pharma has driven health insurance costs so high that large portions of the population are underserved or not served at all.

The majority of the herbs I use have been hand-gathered by me, following the tradition of ethical wildcrafting. This method recognizes the interdependence, reciprocity and necessity of respect between humans and plants. If not found in the wild or grown by me, I source the herbs from a local Certified Organic Farm.

My methods for extracting the medicinal properties from the plants and fungi have been time tested by my teacher.  They are consuming and precise.

As much as I respect crowd sharing, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet.  Be sure you’re getting your products from someone who has the education to insure they will be effective.

Spiral Herbal Remedies can also be found at Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY every weekend from 10-7pm.