Melissa Laurita Kohl
I was raised on chamomile tea, sunshine, and the unbelievable cooking of my Italian mama. In NYC. Growing up poor in a land of concrete and crime filled me with longing for what made me feel safe and happy - plants, trees, nature. I found my way to the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where I raise a tiny human, sheep, alpaca, ducks, chickens, kitties, herbs, flowers, veggies, and live with my husband, Jereme Kohl.
I have studied herbalism for nineteen years. Eleven years ago I began my formal studies, first with Rosemary Gladstar and then with many other prominent teachers including Stephen Buhner, Kathleen Maier, David Winston, Guido Mase, Dr. Tiaroana LowDog, Caroline Gagnon, and Rocio Alcaron. I have deepened my understanding of herbs through studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kampo at Elements of Healing with Scott Moylan and Ayurveda with Candis Cantin, Kate Gilday, and Anne McIntyre.
I want to make herbalism as accessible as possible, to return it to its rightful place in the homes and hearts of every human.
As an herbalist, my greatest passion is to ignite the passion for herbs that sleeps inside most of us.
Herbalism is part of being human.
Our bodies evolved with thousands of plant chemicals that we regularly ingested.
Our livers, cardiovascular systems, and even our DNA, are effected by plant compounds.
We were not meant to live on limp lettuce and steamed broccoli.
We were meant to thrive on eating and drinking a variety of wild and cultivated plants.