Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalism

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Personalized Training Sessions

Come and learn medicine-making, food preparation with herbs, formulation, herbal identification, and more. The day can be tailored to your needs or Dr. Laurie can set the agenda based on your level of expertise.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.

Dogbane

Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.

Horsetail

Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

Personalized Training Sessions

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine.

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Personalized Training Sessions with

 

Dr. Laurie Dohmen

 

Dr. Laurie is pleased to now offer personalized training sessions in Western Herbal Medicine. Come and learn medicine-making, food preparation with herbs, formulation, herbal identification, and more. The day can be tailored to your needs or Dr. Laurie can set the agenda based on your level of expertise. Sessions range from a few hours, a day, up to a long weekend. We can focus on veterinary use, self-care and more. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Small groups of 2-4 students or one-on-one sessions are available. Sessions include herbal supplies and product. Training is personalized to your needs, so please email drlaurie@purplemoonherbstudies.com for more information, to set a date, plan the schedule, and pricing.

 

Examples of sessions:

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPPI have one student who has come repeatedly. The first time Julie came, she was preparing to take our Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat, so we started with some basics. We did an herb walk around the farm, and harvested some herbs. We cooked what we harvested, such as my personal Nettle Eggs. Then we made a few simple products such as tinctures and lotions. The next time she came, Julie was well into the Apprenticeship. She came with questions and plans. First we sat and formulated for conditions she sees regularly in her practice. Then we prepared tinctures and other preparations for her patients, such as a formulas for IVDD and arthritis. Most recently, Julie came with a group of graduates of the Apprenticeship and we harvested and cooked with herbs with a large focus on Ayurvedic foods. We also made a few other medicinal Ayurvedic preparations for them to incorporate into their practice. We made products such as medicated ghee.

Testimonials

I am a small animal veterinarian taking Dr Dohmen's herbal apprenticeship.  I have attended private herbal tutoring sessions with Laurie twice and am planning on another session in the next 2 months.  She is extremely accommodating and focused the lessons toward both my level and learning goals.  This is very hands on - making tinctures, teas and lotions.  In addition she helped work on a few formulation for myself and my patients.  I highly recommend utilizing this opportunity for personalized and more advanced hands on learning.

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP


Mike the Farrier

Mike is a non-veterinarian student of the ApprenticeshipMike is a non-veterinarian student of the Apprenticeship (he is a farrier). He came for a weekend and had specific formulation questions, such as treatments for thrush and white line disease. We then moved on to medicine-making. We made some of the formulas that were relevant to his farrier practice, but we also did a whole herbal facial treatment (including preparing all the products), as well as made cordials. It was a great mix of herbal business and herbal pleasure spread over 3 days.

Mike and Dr Laurie Formulating

 

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...it is very important to keep in mind that these herbs are drugs: herbal MEDICINE... 

All in all, herbal medicine is wonderful when it is used correctly and safely. 

We need to keep in mind it is medicine...