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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).
A decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for a deep and influential understanding of the efficacy of medicinal plants within a clinical environment. It is through this clinical practice that Erika is able encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role humanity plays in the ecology of our landscapes and that our relationships with the natural world should be based upon reciprocity and exchange. In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture and native medicinal plant conservation and ecology.
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.
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. Erika is a guest instructor at the Ohio Herb Education Center, Gahanna, Ohio, guest faculty at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, Lowgap, NC, and Course Contributor for the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and the Herbal Academy. She also participates as a member of the Education 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.
Brooke has over 15 years of small business experience and has been formally studying herbalism since 2002. Her herbal journey was sparked by a desire to know the names of common weeds growing on the sides of pathways, not the fancy ones in a greenhouse.
Brooke took her first herbal weed walk in 2002 in Portland, Oregon, which led to a more formal study of Western herbalism. After returning home to Ohio, she turned to books, correspondence courses, and workshops to develop her craft which has included the teachings of jim mcdonald, Aviva Romm, Matthew Wood, Phyllis Light, Guido Mase, Kathleen Maier and Margi Flint. Brooke continues to be inspired by contemporaries such as Leslie Williams, Leslie Alexander, Dawn Combs, and Erika Galentin, all whom have helped her find her path and manifest her herbal vision.
With a passion for introducing people from all walks of life to the wonderful world of herbalism, Brooke excels at teaching techniques and new perspectives on how to use herbs. Her goal at the end of each class is to have students walk away feeling confident and curious to experiment with one herb at a time. Preserving the Harvest, Nourishing Tonic series and Herbal Body Systems are some of her more popular classes. She currently co-teaches for the monthly Gahanna Herb Group and Fundamentals of Home Herbalism courses.
She began teaching for the Ohio Herb Education Center in 2012. She began managing the center in 2013, creating curriculums for single workshops, multi-class intensives and lectures. She has arranged herbal experiences for tour groups of 6 to 100, combining technique lectures with hands-on crafts to introduce people to herbs. She also coordinates the annual celebration event Herb Day, a free herb education day along side of the largest one day herb plant sale in Columbus.
Brooke has been guest speaker for the The Gardens at Gantz 2015 Herb Symposium, 2014 Garden to Table Symposium hosted by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County, as well as for the 2014 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. She has also been a featured presenter for the Herb Society of America and has made multiple TV appearances including on FOX28 “Good Day Columbus”, NBC4, and FOX8 New Day Cleveland. She is an active member of the American Herbalist’s Guild and the Herb Society of America.