Our Herbal Philosophy...

Dear Prospective Client, 

My name is Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) and I am the clinical herbalist at Sovereignty Herbs in Athens, Ohio. I wanted to take a 'heart on my sleeve' opportunity to personally share with you my herbal philosophy behind the wellness education and herbal consultations services I offer.

Our motto at Sovereignty Herbs is 'Empowering people with Plants', and for many people this may not make a lot of sense. What could we possibly mean by that? The truth is when it comes to health and wellbeing, many people find themselves in state of helplessness, hopelessness, and disempowerment. Maybe you feel lost, at the mercy of others, disenfranchised, or misunderstood, with no clear guidance nor tools at hand for self-care. These can be desperate times.

At Sovereignty Herbs, we firmly believe that learning how to safely incorporate herbs, nutrients, nourishing foods, and lifestyle practices into your daily routine is the path to self-empowerment, and traveling this path is a human right, for all people. In fact, that is how the name 'Sovereignty Herbs' was born; it is a reflection of our belief in your personal ability and responsibility to be your own sovereign, to forge your own path and take back control over your health and wellness to the fullest extent possible.

This isn't some Harry Potter fantastical nonsense either. Herbs are not magic answers for all of your life's ills. In fact, when it comes to being well, it will be YOU that does most of the work. You will need to be prepared to makes changes. This might mean letting go of nagging bad habits, reinvesting your time and energy, and creating new daily routines. But let's face it, change can be hard...like, really hard. Believe me, I know.   

And no two people are the same. Being well is not an assembly-line experience. Just because your buddy or a blogger on the internet is telling you that certain herbs, nutrients, or lifestyle practices worked for them, does not mean that these tactics are best suited to your situation. The natural products industry doesn't make this any easier on you either...they are very good at marketing their products to you with a 'one-size fits all' and 'magic-bullet' approach. This approach can be tempting...and incredibly expensive. You could spend hundreds of dollars on fancily formulated products, experimenting on yourself and never really getting anywhere. This is where I come in...As a clinical herbalist, my job is one of guidance and education.  We will work together to find solutions that are appropriate for you. I am here to support you, so that you are not alone in these tough times.

My clinical education, experience, and knowledge are based in both science and tradition. Much of my herbal and clinical rationale is derived from the past and present Physiomedical philosophy, with utmost faith placed upon vix medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature. I see the human body as possessing a vital integrity and intelligence with inherent integrative, reconstructive, and resistive, tendencies. I do not see it as a broken-down machine, lacking the savvy for self-repair; given the right set of circumstances, the right nutriment and encouragement, the human body, your body, is capable of amazing things.

 Thanks for taking the time to 'hear' my voice. Please be sure to check out our 'Frequently Asked Questions' tab for more information about herbal consultations. Also be sure to check out our events calendar for up and coming classes and workshops in Athens and beyond. If your questions are still not answered, feel free to reach out to us by phone or email! We'd love to hear from you.

I look forward to working with you, 

Erika G Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG)