Our Authors are a creative and experienced group of Herbalists who value their connection to The Plants and want to share their wisdom and experience. Many of our authors have a strong background in herbalism as practitioners, although that’s not necessarily a requirement.

We’ve got a few folks who have lots of experience working directly with The Plants as gardeners, educators, group leaders, or researchers. The most important element our authors all share, besides having been published here, is their commitment to sharing information that’s practical and real – they’ve got both experience and research in the topics they cover.

Founding Authors

Candace, Patrick, and Sue set out to share some practical herbalism with the world over a decade ago. You can read about their background and what they’re up to today Here. The list of articles each of them has contributed to The Practical Herbalist is long and varied.

The Stuff They Wrote

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Anna Rosa Robertsdottir

“I have worked as a herbalist in Iceland for the past three decades. After all this time, I can honestly say that I love what I do. I love tending to my patients and seeing them getting better. I love handpicking my plants in the pure wilderness of Iceland and making medicine with them. I also really love formulating and making all my products by hand. I am so very grateful for having discovered my passion so young and to have managed to make a living out of it too.”

Anna Rósa studied medical herbalism at the College of Phytotherapy in England from 1988-1992. She also has an ITEC Diploma in massage and a B.Sc degree in business from the University of Reykjavík. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in UK, which is the oldest herbalist institute in the world, founded in 1894.

Anna Bradley

Anna Mezger-Sieg Bradley has been studying herbalism, ethnobotany, and ancestral living skills for over 10 years. She is the author of the blog Feral Botanicals. Anna is a Clinical Herbalist and is on the Herbal Team with Occupy Medical. She co-founded a nonprofit called Whole Earth Nature School that connects children to their environment through nature awareness. Anna lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and her young son.

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Alese “Dandy” Colehour

Alese Colehour (“Dandy”) is an ethnobotanist and herbalist with training from the University of Oregon and the Academy of Scottish Herbalism. She is a clinical herbalist with Occupy Medical and creates goodies for patients out of her apothecary, “Dandy’s Pantry.” While she tries to spend most of her time with plants, she is also active with local organizations including Radical Mycology, Cascadia Forest Defenders, and the Rewild Cascadia Collective. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Oregon, specializing in microbial dynamics of wild fermentation. Contact: herbal.dandy@gmail.com

Candice Cook

Candice Cook Schey is an Herbalist and Sustainable Health Specialist, Writer, and Educator. She owns and operates TheGrowingProject.info, an informational resource for people ready to rediscover their innate power to heal and transform themselves and their communities. She offers clinical consultations and workshops at Mindful Body Center in Austin, Texas as well as by phone, email, and Skype.

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Maria Noel Groves

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health and Well-Being.

Rhea “Alyssa” Humann

“Rhea “Alyssa” Humann is a certified herbalist and small business owner based in Portland, OR. She graduated from the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine which is an American Herbal Guild recognized educational program.

She owns and operates an online apothecary called the Persistent Pestle where she crafts herbal remedies for everyday ailments and takes consultation clients who work one-on-one with her to create holistic health kits that are tailor-made to each person’s unique situation. She is passionate about science-based herbal medicine and spreading well-studied information in practical, hands-on ways.

Rhea is also a published essayist who has been featured on HerbMentor, Rosalee De la Foret’s online herbal education site, PurelyB, Crystal Star, and the Sacred Science.

Rhea Humann The Persistent Pestle
Rebecca Ingalls near Palmer Pond

Rebecca Ingalls

Rebecca Ingalls is a Community Herbalist and Psychotherapist with an apothecary and practice in Salem, Massachusetts. Rebecca has worked on Boston’s Northshore as a holistic therapist for 20 years, is traditionally trained in the art, science, and practice of psychotherapy, and holds a weekly community meditation practice.

Rebecca founded Palmer Pond Botanicals in 2012, which features herbs she has cultivated and collected each season as well as a collection of small-batch artisan herbal preparations. She is the Herbalist and Assistant Director at Newhall Fields Community Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts. 

Sarah Jay

Sarah Jay (freelance writer at sarahjaywriting.com) grew up in her family’s gardens. She began studying plant medicines in college at the University of North Texas, where she earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Master’s in Applied Anthropology. Moving from the Gulf Coast to North Texas was a bit of a soil shock but working within these limitations has helped sculpt her into the gardener she is today. Sarah wants to empower readers of gardening and herbal publications to grow gracefully, practically, and efficiently so they can achieve their desired results.

Sarah Jay, Herbalist, Author
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Patti Leahy

Patti Leahy is currently involved in volunteering on the Herb Team for Occupy Medical, a free-to-all medical and herbal clinic in Eugene. She runs World Energy Healing with her partner. She teaches and practices Reiki, does Core Energy Healing, and is a Flower Essence Practitioner.

Yaakov Levine

After many years working in health care and in various capacities in the natural products industry Yaakov Levine received his certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2007 from the Nutritional Therapy Association. Yaakov has had his weekly “Nutritionally Speaking” column in a number of local weekly newspapers since 2007, and has had articles published in the Price-Pottenger Foundation Journal, in the Well Being Journal, and the NTA newsletter and Oregon Senior News. His feature and “In Health” articles have appeared in the quarterly Take Root-Willamette Valley magazine. Yaakov brings his passion for empowering others to find their own path towards optimum health to his writing, classes he teaches and his individual coaching sessions. When not working at Natural Grocers, Yaakov can be found biking, hiking and on leisurely walks out in nature.

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Kami McBride

Kami’s passion for herbal medicine was propelled by an excruciating brain surgery at 19 years old that was the result of a medication side-effect. Awakening from the slumber of the standard drug solution approach to health, she was called by the plants. Now her 30 years of teaching herbal medicine has helped thousands of people learn to use herbal remedies as the centerpiece of their health care plan. She has taught herbal medicine at the University of California School of Nursing and the Integral Health Master’s degree program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is the author of The Herbal Kitchen and her live and online workshops fuel the home herbalism movement to revitalize our relationship with the plant world and work with herbal medicine for home wellness care.

Kami’s mission is to inspire deep connection with the medicine of the plants, the lineage of home crafting natural remedies and the wisdom of our bodies so we can learn to live a healing lifestyle. A lifestyle that evolves our culture toward honoring the earth and raising up children that are health literate and know how to work in harmony with the earth to meet their wellness needs.

Sally Phillips

Sally Phillips is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible. 

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Christina Sanchez

Christina raised in the rural community of Oasis, Ca. in Eastern Coachella Valley has a fondness of arid desert landscapes. Christina has found herself reunited with the flora that her desert dwelling ancestors had used. She is a desert advocate and environmentalist.

Christina, a bio-regional herbalist, trained in field botany and ecology studied field botany – ecology and clinical herbalism at Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Traditional Western Herbalism at Green Wisdom Herbal Studies and the Wise Woman Tradition, Folk Medicine, Plant Spirit Medicine at Gaia School of Earth Healing. Her education continues as she expands her studies in ecology.

Christina offers hands-on herbalism workshops, Plant ID hikes, nature hikes, plant surveys, herbal consultations and host grassroots community clean-ups of wild spaces.

She also crafts small batch botanical remedies using cultivated flora of the Mojave, Sonoran Desert and recently expanding to flora of the Pacific North West.

Jamie Scepkowski is an herbalist and medic in Salmon River, California. You can contact her at Salmon River Apothecary and Gifts. This is a small herbal apothecary located in downtown Ft. Jones, California offering quality handmade herbal products and locally made gifts. She is available on Facebook at both the apothecary and the gift store. Look for her lovely herbal products on Etsy.

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Ruty Wherland of Red Pine Acupuncture

Ruty Wherland

My name is Ruty Wherland, and I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and the owner of Red Pine Acupuncture, here in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, a town that can have all four seasons in one day.

In 2016, I graduate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  I received my acupuncture license from the state of Oregon in February 2017, and have been practicing ever since!

At Red Pine Acupuncture, I strive to give my patients thoughtful, well-researched one-on-one care using traditional Chinese medicine.

Jackeline Zakharia

Jacqueline is a herbal medicine practitioner of dogs and cats, has volunteered in animal rescue for over a decade. She has a Bachelor of Social Science (Politics and Sociology) and is a qualified counselor (AIPC), is a Reiki Master (Usui system) and an Australian Bush Flower Essence Practitioner of animals.

Jacqueline lives on a farm in a temperate rain forest in Victoria, Australia with her husband and menagerie of rescue animals. Jacqueline is passionate about herbs and animal welfare.

  • FB: Jac Zak Animal Remedies and Jac Zak Otway Herbals
  • Email: jac.zak@bigpond.com.
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