Clinical Herbalist & Aromatherapist. Horticulturalist. Ecologist. Botanical history enthusiast. Avid plant photographer. Lecturer. Writer.
These are just a handful of the many hats worn by the inimitable subject of this week’s ESHM spotlight, Erika Galentin.
Hailing from the richly biodiverse Hocking Hills region of Appalachian Ohio, Erika’s deep intuitive relationship with medicinal plants is at the forefront of her work both in the field and in the classroom. She is a passionate proponent of engendering a deeper understanding of the role reciprocity plays between humanity and the natural world. Whether she’s exploring the tangible ways that plants can be not only healers but teachers, or ruminating on the poetic and metaphorical side of our inherent connectedness, Erika’s journey of love and fascination with the botanical world informs much of the way she navigates life, both from a clinical and spiritual standpoint. This marriage between the principles of the Eclectic tradition and the celebration of the vast intuitive and emotional side of practice makes Erika an invaluable part of the herbal community, both in and out of a clinical setting. You can find some of her Musings on her personal website, The Medicine Gardener.
Erika also 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, and an ITEC certified Clinical Aromatherapist. You can find out more about her Athens & Columbus, Ohio-based practice at Sovereignty Herbs, where she offers both in-person and long-distance consultations.
You can join Erika in October & November for a 3-part workshop series exploring herbs and herbal preparations that can be used to safely and effectively support yourself and your loved ones through the coldest days of winter. Learn more about the series here!
Erika Galentin has been a guest lecturer and contributor to the Eclectic School of Herbal medicine since 2016, and we are always thrilled to have her visit and share her knowledge and wisdom with us. To learn more about this fantastic herbalist and her philosophy, visit her website Sovereignty Herbs, which includes a shop where you can purchase prints of her botanical photographs as well as upcoming hydrosols and flower essences.