Catherine Ellis is a practicing herbalist and advocate for natural and preventative health care. Catherine first developed a love of working with medicinal herbs in the late 1990’s. Prior to this, Catherine herbal adventures had been in “pretty things”, like herbal lotions, sachets, flower essences, and incense. However, after becoming ill with a serious respiratory infection and did not have health insurance, she turned to herbs for relief.
She called the owner of an herb shop and explained her situation. Based on that phone call and using common herbs easily obtained at any grocery store, she made a tea, heavy in ginger and garlic and did several herbal steams. Before that day was over, she was already starting to feeling relief.
This made a major impression on Catherine, aka Cat. She was prone to bronchial infections that would last for weeks, and had a history of being over-prescribed antibiotics. Feeling better this soon, even a little bit, was nothing short of amazing.
It wasn’t long before Catherine’s circle of friends began seeking her out for her comforting teas, pleasant-tasting cough syrups, and earache-soothing ear drops. This expanded through her taking herbal classes, workshops, and doing extensive personal research in the use of medicinal herbs. This fascination for the power of humble plants has grown into a full herbal practice, including workshops and private clients.
Cat’s herbalism practice is grounded in Western Traditional Herbalism and blends a holistic and vitalistic approach with evidence-based practice. She keeps common remedies on hand, but blends the majority of her remedies specifically for individual clients from her private apothecary. In addition to working with private clients, Catherine maintains the Herbwyfery shop on Etsy, specializing in pure, natural, herbal skin and personal care products.
Writing about herbs and natural medicine is somewhat a new arena for Catherine. Since 2012, she has started two herbal blogs, and has written a book, “Prepper’s Natural Medicine”, which is due for release on April 14, 2015. This book focuses upon how to use herbs as one’s primary source of health care during and after a disaster, civil unrest, and loss of services.
Catherine, a member of the American Herbalists Guild, is also a Massage Therapist with an additional certification in Mother Massage™ and a homebirth midwifery student. Prenatal, labor, and postpartum care is naturally another area of specialty in her herbal practice.
Finally, Cat is a wife and a mom, companion on a chatterbox feline, and whose other interests include gardening, canning, knitting, beekeeping, blogging, and establishing the family homestead.
*All information provided here on this website and in herbal consultations is for informational purposes only, and are not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your physician if you need medial care or medical advice.