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Let's face it, winter is hard on our immune systems. And with the threat of "the flu" around every corner, the need to keep our bodies strong and resilient is greater this time of year.
In this class, our Health Coach and in-house herbal maven, Jordan Douglas, will teach you how to utilize the power of nature and your kitchen to create powerful herbal remedies known for their immune-boosting potency and prowess!
"Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine. In the ever-evolving world of wellness, beautiful little bottles of tinctures and potions can at times feel elusive and inaccessible. True wellness is within each of us, and the plants will always guide us home. One of my deepest passions is (re)connecting people to plants. This class will reacquaint you with some of our most accessible and profound herbal healers (many of which you’ll recognize as kitchen staples!) and empower you with the knowledge to create your own medicine. We’ll focus on two immune-building staples — fire cider and elderberry syrup — to help support your defenses through the winter season. These remedies are both simple, easy and fun to make and powerfully effective. You'll also learn how these herbal allies work to keep our immune system strong. Come learn, play, connect, and take home your very own medicine!"
While studying at the University of Virginia, I had the unique experience of two very different types of education. Beyond pursuing my Bachelors in French, I divided my time between fulfilling all of the pre-medicine requirements and completing a minor in dance. The pre-med classes gave me solid grounding in the world of science. The dance minor program, however, gave me joy, freedom and knowledge about my body and how it moves, works and interacts in space. Through friends, professors and mentors, I received an anecdotal crash course into the world of alternative healing. My attraction to this world was magnetic. I experienced something lacking in my pre-med world: passion and the belief that, given the right tools, the body has the power to heal itself. It also invited me to question my framework and threw a proverbial fork in the road: continue down the path of conventional medicine or forge a new path in the world of alternative healing. I chose the latter.
I began exploring healing professions that more strongly aligned with this shift in perspective. I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and became a certified Holistic Health Coach. IIN gave me a year of guided growth, allowing me to experiment with food, movement and spirituality to discover what serves me and what empowers me to thrive. I cultivated a grounded sense of self, a home-base, a place from which to give and serve in a more authentic way.
As I began practicing as a health coach, I found myself seeking a deeper understanding of nutrition and herbal medicine. Inspired by a thirst for more comprehensive, scientifically-grounded knowledge, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health, Herbal Medicine Concentration at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH).
I believe in the life-changing power of food and in the power of plants to heal. I have felt the shift in my own body that comes with awareness, curiosity and alignment in choosing how to nourish myself. I am passionate about helping others find their home-base and build a toolbox of their own so that they may be present and thrive in their lives. As a health coach, I serve as a guide and sounding board to help others investigate and discover what works best for them in terms of diet, movement and herbs. Both in my own practice and in my offerings here at Ellwood’s, I hope to meet you wherever you are on your journey and provide inspiration and gentle guidance on your path of growth.