Health and Wellness

Let's Share a Cuppa and Chat: What is an "Herbalist"?

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Let’s share a cuppa and chat tea🍵.

As a registered herbalist, I get a lot of interesting head twists and questions about herbalism and what exactly it means to be an herbalist. Well the dictionary defines it as: “a person who practices healing by the use of herbs.” This is a pretty accurate and fair general definition of the term; However to me, being an herbalist means a wee bit more 🙂.

When studying the medicinal benefits of a plant, there is a lot of science, pharmacology, chemistry, and hard knowledge that goes into understanding the effects that plant has. It is really cool and complicated and overwhelming at times but anyone can pick up a book and learn about the properties of an herb. For me, I believe that the practice of herbalism requires much more << heart >>.

Developing and nurturing a deep sense of connection and intuition with the botanicals that we use as medicine is where the fun begins! As plants are holistic in nature (humans are too!) a beautiful relationship exists between us and the plant community. In fact, we can learn a lot from out plant allies if we just take the time to sit, connect, watch, and listen to them.

Personally, I see plants as our allies, my friends, and as spiritual beings. This may sound odd or different to some of the followers joining my online community, but that’s ok. The more you learn, the less unknown it will become 😉.

Herbalism is an ancient healing modality that has survived the last 5000+ years. It has become ingrained in every culture under the sun and has impacted our lives more than most of us are even aware. As much as this profession has ancient roots, it continues to persist in this day and age, more than most of us probably realize, with both power and grace. 

When I was in my late teens I dated a German guy. His oma would take me through her garden and sing to her plants every morning and every evening. She told me that she learnt this practice from her grandparents and over the years she could tell that her gardens grew heartier and more abundant when she greeted them and addressed them as beings, not just as “things”. An old wives tale? Well, not really that old, eh? Our elders are wise and tend to be more connected than most of us now. We have much to learn from our elders and ancestors.

As an herbalist, I have the honour to connect with the earth, it’s rhythms, and learn more than what a textbook can teach us. It truly is a beautiful profession and I do not take this “career” for granted. More on this during our next cuppa.

Sending Love and Light
xo
Lisa Marie Holmes

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WHY Fusion Mineral Paint?

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Enchanted Echinacea

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Enchanted Echinacea

WHY FUSION MINERAL PAINT?

Recently I have been posting a lot about a paint line that Jennylyn, the CEO of Fusion Mineral Paint, and I created. Inspired by the Herbals that I work with in my Botanical Apothecary, we are overJOYed with this collaboration and the creation of the Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Paint Collection.

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Divine Lavender

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Divine Lavender

This collaboration has been an incredible experience because I have been able to bridge my passion for a << Healthy Home >> which includes our body as well as the structure of the home that we live in, with my personal creative flair for interior and exterior design. How, you ask? Well, Fusion Mineral Paint is proud to produce a VOC free, non-toxic, lead free, ammonia and formaldehyde free paint. Ah Ha! And with that we have a harmonious **fusion** (pun intended).

Have you ever heard of VOCs? VOC stands for: Volatile Organic Compounds. I first learnt about VOCs in medical school as they have been shown to be harmful to our health and act as a possible contributing factor to headaches, sinus and throat irritation, liver and kidney damage, and even cancer. The second time I heard about them was from my husband who is in the construction industry. Talk of harmful VOCs is strongly recognized within his profession as VOCs are often found in paints, glues, air fresheners, cleaning products, etc…

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Sacred Sage

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Sacred Sage

Okay so why Fusion Mineral Paint? Well seeing that my priority is to protect our << Home >> I am always ensuring that the products I bring into my family’s home supports my goals. Beyond the amazing quality that Fusion upholds, Jennylyn and I had so much fun dreaming up the most beautiful colour palette. It was such a natural and beautiful joint venture and as you can see in my previous Facebook & Instagram posts, there is a story behind every colour and every Herb.

I am relatively new to the DIY scene but my appreciation for all things beautiful was really nurtured during season one of Holmes & Holmes, where for the first time in my life, I had so much fun learning what it takes to make a home beautiful and, of course, healthy. To learn more about the story behind this Herbal inspired paint line, please click here.

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Goddess Ashwagandha

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Goddess Ashwagandha

I love seeing everyone’s beautiful creations with these grounding, neutral, earth tone colours. Please keep posting and tagging me so that I can continue to follow along and see the beauty that you create. Thank you for inviting me into your << healthy home >>.

Sending Love and Light
xo
Lisa Marie Holmes

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Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Twilight Geranium

Lisa Marie Holmes Signature Collection: Twilight Geranium

The Benefits Of Grounding/Earthing

I’ve had some people ask me lately to discuss grounding techniques and why I like being barefoot outside. 🌱👣
Grounding, also known as “earthing” is a really cool phenomenon that takes place between humans and the earth. I think, from a healing perspective, grounding should be used daily if possible. There is a vast supply of electrons on the surface of the earth that we once had an intimate connection with; however with the evolution of modern lifestyles, we have created a physical separation and barriers between us and the earth itself. As a result of fashion and modern living trends we spend less time connecting because of the daily use of shoes, we walk around concrete jungles, and live in high rise buildings 🏙. Science is beginning to prove that this literal disconnect from the earth is having physiological impacts on our health and can create an internal “static”. Grounding is the process of making skin contact with the earth and I’ve been told that as little as 15 minutes of physical connection can have substantial improvements on ones health. The exchange of ions by connecting barefoot to the earth has been shown to help in chronic disease, insomnia, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, inflammation, pain, and cardiovascular disease. Also, from a mind-body connection perspective I personally find grounding useful in becoming more present. With so many of us living with our heads in the clouds, making a physical connection to the earth can help mentally and emotionally ground us as well.

I know this may be a different cultural norm in North America and for that reason I think I would get along just fine in Australia and New Zealand as they walk around barefoot all day every day - even to do their grocery shopping! I think it’s brilliant. Mike Holmes Jr., is it time to go down unda !? 👣

I urge you to consider how much time you spend out doors and make a conscious effort to make a physical connect to the earth. Get your children playing in a safe area around the yard. If we can start teaching children at a young age to make a connection with the earth I think it will have a positive impact on their immune systems, overall health, and also their environmental footprint as they will develop an appreciation for the planet and the flow of energy.

If you suffer from insomnia, try walking around barefoot before bed! I know it has worked for some close friends of mine, and I hope it helps you too.

xoxo Sending Love and Light
Lisa Marie Holmes

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