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Herbal Support for Painful Periods

  • It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) Studio 13 East Tulane Road Columbus, OH, 43202 United States (map)

About the Workshop:

There is an ongoing and heated debate about painful periods and whether or not they are a 'legitimate' reason for individuals to be absent from work and school. Indeed, the menstrual cycle is arguably considered one of the most prevalent 'inconveniences' to the mechanics of Western society. For many individuals, painful periods are not just an 'inconvenience', they are a cyclically debilitating saga that can negatively affect all aspects of a person's life, not just their professional lives. This can be a very disempowering prospect, especially when individuals are trying to avoid the use of oral contraceptives, NSAIDs, and/or pain medication. However, there is much that a person can do to support themselves through a painful period!

Join Clinical Herbalist Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) in an exploration of herbs, nutrients, and essential oils that can be used to safely support a painful menstrual cycle. This workshop will include a brief discussion of the physiology of painful periods and the rhythm of the menstrual cycle so participants can gain a better understanding of what is happening in their bodies. We will also be covering a variety of herbs, each of which we will be tasting as teas and experiencing first hand during the workshop. We will also be experiencing a variety of essential oils that can be used externally.

This workshop is open to all individuals regardless of race or gender identity or expression in accordance with Sovereignty Herbs nondiscrimination policy

Participants will receive a variety of handouts with take-home herbal and essential oil guidance. You will also receive a special tea blend to take home and enjoy as well as a discount voucher for Sovereignty Herbs goods, services, and future educational events.

About Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG):

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. Former Course Development Director for the Herbal Academy, Erika is a guest instructor at the Ohio Herb Education Center, Gahanna, Ohio, Faculty at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, Lowgap, NC, and Course Contributor for the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She also participates as a member of the Stewardship Committee for Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio.

You can follow Erika on her personal websitefacebook, and instagram. 

About the Venue:

It Looks Like It's Open Studio is located in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus. There is no parking lot, but there is plenty of street parking around the venue. For more information: