COVID-19 UPDATE: Herbal medicine is considered an essential service. Consultations are offered online (Zoom) or by telephone, unless there is a specific need to meet in person. Orders from the Apothecary can be picked up in the Montreal's South-West or delivered by Canada Post.
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Types of consultations
*All consultations are offered at sliding scale fees. For more information on how this works, click here.
Initial Consultation – An Initial Consultations is 90 minutes (including herb preparation) and cost $75-$125*. The herbal protocol suggested can be tailored to your budget, typically costing $20-$60 a month. Initial Consultations can be done in person (in Montreal's Southwest) or remotely online or by telephone.
Follow-up Consultation – A follow-up consultation lasts 60 minutes (including herb preparation) and cost $60-$100*. Follow-up Consultations can be done in person (in Montreal's Southwest) or remotely online or by telephone.
30-Minute Care Check – Shorter consultations are available for acute conditions: colds, flus, or other acute illnesses, injuries (that don’t require immediate medical care) or for quick check-ins. They are particularly helpful for parents of young children seeking to avoid pharmaceuticals for their children and are often done on the phone, but in person or online is possible as well. 30-Minute Care Checks cost $40-$60*, plus the cost of herbs.
Herbal House Call – A herbal house call is a home visit from an herbalist reserved for when you or your family members feel too sick or are in too much pain to go out of the house. Visits are available on the island of Montreal and cost $100-200*, plus the cost of herbs.
Community Healing Days – It is important that herbal medicine remains the medicine of the people, accessible to all. To this end, I participate in monthly Community Healing Days, organized conjointly by the Salle de soins Collective and the Tiger Lotus Cooperative, where treatments are offered by donation. For more information, click here.
*Bartering is also welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
What can I expect at an herbal consultation?
Consultations take place in a confidential space in a community center or remotely online (Zoom) or by telephone. The first two sessions are focused on understanding your health concern, or aspects of your well-being that you’d like to change or learn more about. We will cover a range of topics including emotions, lifestyle, sleep, diet, support, to paint a broad picture of you as a whole and complex being.
After the first session, you will leave will some initial suggestions, usually involving support for shifts you would like to make as well as a simple herbal protocol. The second session, usually held 2 weeks later, will add more layers through a herbal protocol specifically designed for you, and include such elements as diet, sleep, exercise, life goals. A third session is held approximately one month later to make adjustments to the protocol and bring in secondary concerns, as well as to allow you to reflect on your healing journey. Further consultations may be desired in some cases to allow us to adjust as needed and shift towards a long-term maintenance plan.
In each session, I combine recommendations for plants that treat and support specific systems of the body paired with practices that support a deepening of relationship to our bodies and to the place to which we belong.
Herbal preparations can often be sourced from my home-grown apothecary or available at herbal boutiques. Herbs can be picked up within a few days of the consultation, or mailed to your home (with additional shipping costs). Herbal preparations may include teas, tinctures, medicinal vinegars, infused oils, syrups, salves and beyond. Most clients will need to follow a herbal protocol for 3 to 6 months, depending on the nature of the imbalance at hand. Herbal medicine works over time to show our bodies how to return to their own life-enhancing patterns, away from the patterns instilled by external stressors (infections, stress, inflammation, trauma…).
What to bring?
- Any recent diagnoses or any relevant lab tests;
- A list of questions you may have;
- A friend/advocate, if that would make you feel more comfortable;
- If this is a follow up appointment, please bring any empty bottles for reuse.
Throughout our work together, I can offer complementary practices on deepening one's connection to place through readings, plant meditations, group work, guided journaling and more. These practices have come to me through a variety of influences, most notably: permaculture, the Work that Reconnects, mindful meditation, and the decolonizing work of Indigenous and settler authors and activists. As with each of my suggestions, we will choose together which, if any, practices are right for you.
Appointments can be cancelled or rescheduled at no additional charge up to 48 hours in advance. Appointments cancelled or rescheduled between 48 and 24 hours in advance are billed at 50% of the total fee, and appointments cancelled or rescheduled less than 24 hours in advance are billed at 75% of the total fee.