About Herbalist Elizabeth Howe
I was raised Berkeley, California though now live in San Francisco. I have long been fascinated by all of the ways in which people and plants work together. This led me to the University of Kent in the United Kingdom in 2007, where I received a Masters of Science in Ethnobotany. My studies focused on the importance of biological and cultural diversity as the foundation of resilient ecosystems, communities and individuals. Resilience is the ability for something to bounce back – in the case of people, resiliency can be the ability to maintain health and balance despite environmental, physical, emotional or psychological stressors.
In 2013, I began studying at the Ohlone Herbal Center in order to deepen and expand my herbal knowledge and find ways in which individuals can work with plants in order to become more resilient, fortify against illness and maintain health, while building vitality and happiness.
In addition to my studies and clinical work at Ohlone, I have also studied extensively under renowned herbalists Matthew Wood and David Winston and ethnobotanists Kathleen Harrison and Gary Nabhan. I also participated in 200 hours of pulse and tongue diagnosis mentorship with Dr. William Morris, LAc.
Understanding that each client has their own unique body and lifestyle, I work with my clients in a way that allows them to make the most out of their use of plants by tailoring formulas and using a variety of methods for preparing herbs. I have seen the profound effect that herbs can have in helping people with serious illnesses and acute illness, whether the herbs are used alone or conjunction with western allopathic medicine and/or other healing modalities. Herbs can help relieve some of the stress of enduring long-term illness, increase vitality and allow people to enjoy their life to the best of their ability.
In addition to working with clients at my botanical medicine clinic in San Francisco, I organically grow and sustainably wildcraft many of the plants that I use in my herbal product line - THE LAND APOTHECARY. I take great pride in crafting and providing herbal products that work with people’s everyday needs, while still capturing the magical essence of the plants and the lands on which they grow.
Elizabeth's Educational History:
Ba Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz
MSc Ethnobotany, University of Kent Canterbury
1000 hours of foundational, therapeutic and clinical training in herbalism through the Ohlone School of herbal medicine in Berkeley, Ca.
200 hours of neo-classical pulse and tongue diagnostics in a mentorship with Dr. William Morris, LAc, Phd.
200+ hours of study with herbalist Matthew Wood with an emphasis on tissue states, animal medicine, plant spirit medicine, clinical apprenticeship and reading the body.
Each year, Elizabeth attends national herbal conferences and continuing education classes with the goal of keeping her knowledge of herbalism up-to-date, fresh and embedded in community. Some of her teachers in her continuing education include David Winston, Karen Sanders, Margi Flint and 7Song.
I am a complementary and/or alternative health care practitioner, and am not licensed, certified or registered by the state of California. My services do not replace those of a licensed physician or other licensed healthcare provider. I am not trained in the diagnosis or treatment of disease according to the standards of medical science.
My consultations are designed to educate the client on the beneficial effects of herbal medicine, nutrition, diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes. Clients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health.