There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned about the practice of traditional herbalism and Christiane is dedicating her life to its pursuit.
Christiane is a traditional Western folk herbalist with clinical training. She believes strongly in the human body’s innate ability to heal and find homeostasis, especially when supported by proper foods and effective herbs.
Her Argentinian stepmother, Claudia, who grew an herb garden in their backyard every summer and often turned their kitchen into a soap-making factory, first introduced Christiane to herbs. By the time she graduated from college in 2007, she had become disillusioned with modern medicine’s aggressive and ineffective approach to her chronic health issues and started reading whatever natural health books she could get her hands on. It wasn’t long before Christiane discovered Flower Power Herbs and Roots Inc., a small herb shop in the East Village of New York City, where she apprenticed for more than two years. As she worked well over a thousand hours in that tiny shop, she learned about traditional uses of countless plants as well as simple remedies for common ailments.
In 2010, she moved to New Orleans and spent a month as a volunteer in the Lower Ninth Ward. She quickly found Blue Boy Herbs in Carriere, Mississippi and studied informally for a year with brilliant country herbalist, Darrell Martin. For 25 years, Martin has been utilizing only plants that are native or can be grown in southern Mississippi, and Christiane acquired an appreciation for the region's herbal resources. In 2011, Christiane began studying under Phyllis D. Light, a nationally renowned herbalist of Southern folk medicine in Northern Alabama. She completed Light’s three-year Herbal Practitioner Program at her school, The Appalachian Center for Natural Health, in northern Alabama. Throughout her studies with Light, Christiane was exposed to the brilliant ideas and received instruction from some of today’s most prominent and prolific herbalists such as Matthew Wood, David Winston and Thomas Easley.
Christiane achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University.
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