An invitation from herbalist Leigh Glenn…
If you are like me, your growth probably ebbs and flows. What you’ve been doing may have worked for you in the past, but it no longer does. You want a new perspective on life, on what it means to be whole. In place of your pain, you want to increase your capacity for joy.
Maybe you have multiple health issues or just one thing that continually comes up, like a well-worn seasonal allergy. Deep down, you know that maintaining good health helps you live well, and you want to live well.
What’s most important is to know that you don’t have to keep doing the same thing.
You have multiple options for how you’d like to approach your life and your health.
You are not stuck.
If you are ready to give yourself the opportunity to heal and grow, you’ve come to the right place.
“Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn’t just a fiction; it’s a part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space, and is inside us, like the teeth in our mouth. It can’t be forever violated with impunity.” – Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago
Plenty of us “say the opposite” of what we feel. There’s no judgment in acknowledging this. But knowing this and acknowledging it allows us to be open to try something new. And plants—and plant medicines—are a lovely way to enter that process.
If you are ready, I’m here to help.
Who am I? Who is Leigh Glenn?
As a community/clinical herbalist in Annapolis, Md., I bring together three traditions—Traditional Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda—to help people recover and maintain their health. I am also deeply versed in ecology and permaculture, both of which focus on the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things.
Food and herbs have been used for millennia by people around the world to help move them back onto the path of health. Even today, some 80 percent of the world’s peoples use plants as medicines. It’s affordable—and, moreover, it works.
For some people who become herbalists, “walking the medicine path” manifests readily in their family situation. A grandparent, an aunt or uncle or a parent used plants for healing and passed along the tradition.
For me, the path has been more circuitous. I’ve always been deeply interested in the green world and spent much of my childhood exploring the woods, flora and microfauna (spiders, worms, and lizards) around my then-home in West Central Florida. At 11 and 12, I’d make my own potpourris with a variety of dried plants. Goldenrod was my first plant ally, though I didn’t know it and had no idea what a “plant ally” was—I just brightened at the sight of goldenrod in autumn.
In more recent years, I’ve looked to plants to help me maintain my health. Today, plant medicines are my passion and my work.
When plants are properly used, they provide gentle nudges to the body, allowing the body to access its own innate healing capacity. As an herbalist, I work with plants—in the form of food and medicine—to help people restore their health. I do this through client consultations, classes and plant walks.
What is herbalism?
A popular notion of herbalism is that you go to a health-food store or a place that specializes in vitamins and buy a supplement to take. Herbalism can certainly involve that. But in my practice, it is more about whole-plant medicines, that is, the use of infusions, decoctions, tinctures, topical remedies and others that someone could easily make in their own kitchen.
Herbalism is based on relationship—relationship between plant and human, plant and planet, human and planet. Using herbs in the healing process means taking part in an ecological cycle. This offers us the opportunity consciously to be present in the living, vital world of which we are part; to invite wholeness and our world into our lives through awareness of the remedies being used… –Wendell Berry
The presence of a do-it-yourself element in herbalism is very important, because even if people end up going to an apothecary or having the herbalist make the medicine for them, just knowing that you can make your own medicine restores your power where it rightfully belongs—in you.
How I work
When you work with me in a client-practitioner relationship, we are partners. I get to know you as we talk about your health concerns and your health history. I also get to know you through tongue, pulse and constitutional assessments. I then customize a plan to address your health concerns and focus the work you want to do to create changes in your health.
Making the time and effort to create changes in your health is important. Exploring your options is the first step. So, if you’d like to get to know me better, feel free to come to a class or join me for a plant walk. Or just call and we’ll talk.
I also welcome and encourage you always to know something about your health-care practitioners’ take on health. It’s unfortunate that today, because of time constraints, we don’t often get to know much about the ideas and lifestyles of those in the caregiving professions. I always aim to walk my talk—to “be the change” I’d love for others to experience. You are welcome to gain a deeper understanding of my philosophy of health by going here.
What people are saying
“I started working with Leigh when conventional doctors told me that pharmaceuticals were the only answer to my infertility, even though they couldn’t tell me what was wrong. I learned so much about food and my body while working with Leigh. I was able to recognize and address several specific health issues that I had not known existed and literally change my life. Two months and several dietary changes later, my body was starting to function normally again and three months after that I was pregnant.
“Leigh was always generous with her time and knowledge, providing answers to my seemingly endless questions. She helped me to look at health and wellness differently—addressing all aspects of the body instead of isolating symptoms for treatment.“ JW, Annapolis
“I admire your herbal work and greatly appreciate your expertise and advice. You have so much to offer. Your gentle manner is welcoming and supportive and provides a wonderful learning environment. I’ve learned so much from you in a short time.” JS, Cape St. Claire
If you’d like to set up an appointment or if you’d like more information about programs or plant walks, please call 410/757.4070 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.