Leslie Alexander Ph.d., RH(AHG) and Leslie Williams RH(AHG), MEd. teach together as Allegheny Herbal - teaching roundtable herbal clinical skills both online and in weekend intensives. Great for community herbalists, herbal school graduates and anyone who works with others.
2019 - Fall Clinical Roundtable - online, dates to be announced. Get in touch to reserve your space now as we do have limited enrollment.
Herbal clinical skills weekend intensives to be announced for 2019.
What is a “case”? A case involves personal confidence and professional ways of being, even when working with friends; it involves a person - an intake, assessments and detailed inquiry. We discuss forms, procedures, holistic approaches, food, formulations and lifestyle in considering a protocol; the economics of compliance and approaches to effective follow ups, record-keeping and long term planning are all part of our work.
Led by working herbalists with decades of actual herbal practice and years of teaching herbal skills for working with others - whether it be in street clinic, community work, off-grid, office, or friends and family.
Herbalism A to Z Allegheny Herbal
A Appointment/s 1st and follow-ups – Assessment begins at first contact
B Blending herbal tea – how do you decide which herbs to include? Which herbs work well together and which ones are better as simples. fresh and dry – hot and cold, infusions & decoctions, solvents – water, milks, + oils? Cost, ease of infusing or decocting? How can herbal tea empower and connect us to self care?
C Cholesterol- what do the numbers measure? What do they mean holistically? does it matter and if so, how? Triglycerides? What herbs would be worth consideration? Holistic approaches?
D Dropper – drops, fractions of dropper, measuring. Alcohol vs glycerite. Vibrational remedies including “mother”
E Excretory- skin, digestive, respiratory, mucus membranes. Open/closed and how to we discuss these sensitive issues?
F * for your safety – do you have allergies? Sensitivities? … to foods, drugs, experiences, situations, environments? Aversions to flavors
G Glycerites- what are they? Why bother? Uses. Differences from alcohol tinctures? Blood sugar. Basic ratios, including added to alcohol and vinegar. Syrups. (Honey? Et al)
H How to measure metric - (and why) tinctures. Shall we offer basic formula here?
I * Introduce yourself as herbalist –
J Journal (ask client to keep- symptoms, food, well-being) – explain why, how, tech or non-tech options, things to cover – food, symptoms, pharma, herbs, activity, emotions, - bring sample blank charts
K Keeping an herbal inventory and apothecary – how to, examples, loss of medicinal power over time for dried herbs? Storage. Cost analysis specific examples – wildcrafted herbs tinctured/ purchased herb tinctured/ homegrown and wildcrafted tea
L Labels – reading labels of food & supplements (ingredients to watch
M Most of your time is spent – HOW? - line of inquiry with actual client( or with one of us)
N Nourishing ourselves – minerals, spirit, time, boundaries, rewards, goals – self care/ get your own herbalist
O Opening orifices practices – hand, food and body baths, breathwork, lobelia? diaphoretics
P Prepare infusions and decoctions –how to make cold/hot. Fresh dried. Combinations with water, various milks, butter and oils. Differences between serving hot of cold
Q quicksand – where we get stuck. How to we sabotage progress working with clients? Fees/clarity of goals/ realities of compliance/ spirit isolation/ cancellations. Self-defeat and self-confidence as an herbalist.
R Research tools I use – books, organizations, groups, people, places, online resources
S*Sleep patterns – talk with real person about sleep for up to 10 minutes.
T Tinctures, apothecary, pharmacy= forms of herbs/ delivery systems. describing how we might dispense
U Understanding limitations – when to refer to Claudia Anders, to other practitioner, when to do research and take a case; judging realities of client’s class, language, homelife, food taste, kitchen realities, alcohol free, time limitations, finances,
V Vision of self as an herbalist in the coming year – be specific. Could do guided meditation for a few minutes
W Water and salt
X Contra-indications – how to check, where online?, bring all pharm and supplements. Discuss food and timing of food/herb intake, time of day for bx etc.
Y Yearnings – cravings and aversions (food especially) – what’s it all mean mr natural? Taste of herbs and food. Time of day of cravings.
Z Zen and the arts of herbal maintenance/discipline of holistic care and working with the deep quiet places of the heart