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Scent can awaken in us the deepest memories and strongest and most visceral reactions. That can be mighty powerful medicine.
Today, we’re talking with Erika Galentin, Clinical Herbalist at Sovereignty Herbs, about using Hydrosols and Essential Oils to re-write the story of your well-being.
Topics we mentioned:
- Carl Jung
- The Family Guide to Aromatherapy by Erika Galentin (not an affiliate link)
- Aromagnosis with Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer
- Ritual Botanica
Erika is a Clinical Herbalist and an ITEC certified Clinical Aromatherapist consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens & Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the American Herbalists Guild (USA). She is also a proud member of Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society in Horticulture (USA).
Over a decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for witnessing the efficacy of medicinal plants and aromatics within a clinical environment. It is through this clinical practice that Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people and people and their bodies. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role that emotions and the psyche play in the ecology of our physical terrain. Erika is also deeply passionate about the history of botanical medicine in the United States as depicted by the American Botanical Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has built her clinical philosophy around the principles and practice of Physiomedical and Eclectic traditions.
In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture, native medicinal plant conservation and ecology, and the phenomenological and Goethean study of plants and their medicinal virtues. With her dedication to medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region, Erika teaches, lectures, and writes on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, herbalism, and clinical efficacy. She also participates as a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the American Herbalists Guild as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio.
She is the author of The Family Guide to Aromatherapy: A Safe Approach to Essential Oils for a Holistic Home
You can follow Erika on her personal website, facebook, and instagram.
YOU CAN FIND ERIKA AT:
- Website: Sovereigntyherbs.com and TheMedicineGardener.com
- Facebook: /theMedicineGardener
- Instagram: @theMedicineGardener
- YouTube: The Medicine Gardener
The Family Guide to Aromatherapy (get a signed copy from Erika!)