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Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2000

Hi, My name is Laura and I have been an active Herbalist since 2011. I am the Co-Founder of Love's Aura Non-Profit, dedicated to supporting the development of Donation-Based Herbal Health Care by working with communities in constructing and designing herbal gardens and apothecaries. I am former Co-Leader of Herbalists Without Borders Maui Chapter, and former Voluntary Teacher of "Seeds of Love Maui Apothecary Collective," and designer of "Returning Reverence Herbal Medicine Wheel at Pono Grown Farm, Maui. I have completed training and received certificates from Herbalists, Rosemary Gladstar, Jane Bothwell, and Naturopath Merrily Kuhn. My life has been enhanced through connecting with plants and learning their healing ways. I wish to empower others by teaching them how to be an active participant in their well being. We will dive into understanding the Elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. We will also explore various traditions of Natural Medicine such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. We will learn about our 5 main organs, their actions, and what herbs and foods nourish them, while also exploring symptoms and signs that reveal an imbalance. It is my goal to offer the tools necessary to decode your own ailments and guide you to an herbal formula that will support the root cause/main organ requiring extra attention. If you are interested in enhancing your health, or the health of your family, sign up with me and we can create a myriad of ways to enhance vitality and inquire into issues presently at hand.

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Experience

Co-Founder and Head Herbalist
Feb 2016 - Present
Love's Aura Non-Profit

Love's Aura Non-Profit was created to build revenue to support primary goal of enhancing the availability of Herbal Medicine through supporting the creation of Herbal Gardens and Apothecaries in communities that are interested in Donation Based Herbal Healthcare. In order to build revenue for our primary goal, we have created a Skin Care Line which includes 5 types of skin cream made to meet specific skin types: Sensitive, Oily, Combination, Dry/Mature, along with a Reef Safe, Zinc Suncream which repels the sun’s harmful rays while also repairing sun damage. We also sell toner, salve, and lip balms. All ingredients are Organic, Wild-Crafted, or Home Grown without the use of pesticides. Many of the herbs are wild-crafted, dried, and processed by me, from the locations of Northern CA, Maui, and Alaska. All batches are made within Sacred Space on New and Full Moons. Love’s Aura has the goal of merging Spirit with Work through aligning with natural cycles and using prayer as a means to enter a state of centeredness when tending to the various tasks necessary to run the business.

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Education

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts
Sep 2000 - Aug 2005
Cypress College

Certifications

Spices as Natural Medicine
Sep 2016
Institute for Brain Potential

A 6 hour Accredited Seminar for Understanding Spices:
• Medicinal Spices • Key Properties
• Spices with Medical Characteristics
GI Tract
• Bioavailability • Stress and Digestive Disorders
• Gut-Brain Connection • Celiac Disease
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Pain and Inflammation
• NSAID Effects • Steroid Effects • Steroid-Related
Osteoporosis • Dental Disorders
• Rheumatoid Arthritis • Osteoarthritis
Respiratory Disorders
• Allergies • Rhinitis and Sinusitis • Influenza
• Asthma • Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disorders
Cardiometabolic Disorders
• Hypertension • Platelet Aggregation • Triglycerides
• Insulin Resistance • Type 2 Diabetes • Diabetic
Neuropathy • Coronary Artery Disease
Brain and Behavior
• Chronic Stress • Appetite Control
• Anxiety and Insomnia • Depression
• Age-Related Cognitive Decline • Stroke
• Vascular (Multi-Infarct) Dementia
• Alzheimer’s Disease
Preparing Spices to Optimize Their Benefits
• Sources • Storage • Preparation
• Combining Spices

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The Science and Art of Herbalism
Feb 2013
Sage Mountain Herbal Center

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF HERBALISM HOME STUDY COURSE IS A TEN LESSON COURSE TAKEN AT YOUR OWN PACE, WITH HOMEWORK REVIEW AND GUIDANCE PROVIDED BY CAREFULLY SELECTED HERBALISTS AND ROSEMARY HERSELF. THOUGH IT THOROUGHLY INSTILLS IN THE STUDENT THE PRACTICAL SKILLS NECESSARY TO PRACTICE HERBAL HOME HEALTH CARE, IT DOESN’T IGNORE THE RICH SPIRIT AND ESSENCE OF HERBALISM. THE HEART OF THIS COURSE IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DEEP PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PLANT WORLD. MANY OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE WRITTEN TELLING US THAT THIS COURSE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMATIONAL AND ONE OF THE MOST SELF- EMPOWERING STUDIES THEY HAVE UNDERTAKEN.

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10 Month Class Series
Nov 2012
Dandelion Herbal Center

Immerse yourself in the world of healing plants with this 130 hour program designed for the serious herb student. Classes will focus on herbal therapeutics, materia medica, medicine making, plant identification, seaweeds, wild foods, herbal first aid, flower essences, herb gardening and the magic and spirit of plants.

Field trips will give us the opportunity to wildcraft herbs and seaweeds, visit local herb farms and manufacturing businesses, and explore and identify herbs growing in different ecosystems.

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Photos & Videos

Camping in Alaska, where I hiked 8 miles to harvest Wild Arnica.

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Mark G. Oct 12, 2016
Health Coaching · In studio

Laura is a pioneer in Natural Health Coaching! She is very connected to nature and combines this skill with her to vast knowledge of herbal medicines to help you find the most effective remedy to any ailment you may have.

I was recently having some health issues and Laura helped me to determine that I needed to give my kidneys some extra love. She prescribed me an herbal tea remedy that literally healed my issue within three days! Additionally, Laura has helped me to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle through eating nutrient rich foods and adding different herbs and spices to my morning teas!

All of her wisdom, combined with her caring and outgoing personality made it easy for me to feel comfortable with her and trust her completely. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking to improve their health the smart and natural way!

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