Who We Are
HERBALISM | hərbəliz(ə)m
Herbalism is the people’s medicine. Empowering ourselves and each other about how to safely identify, sustainably cultivate, harvest, and enjoy medicinal herbs is a form of community activism and environmentalism.
Herbalism: to empower the people to reclaim ownership of their own health; to teach the ancestral stories of how plants heal; to transform how we interact with nature.
FORMULATION | fôrmyəlāSH(ə)ne
Formulation is a method of invention, it is both science and artistry as you create something out of nothing, using set parameters known to create desired results, while still allowing for modifications to the individual ingredients.
Mastering the art and science of natural product formulation gives you the power to ensure the quality and safety of your products. You can plug your desired ingredients, scents, and herbal extracts into data sheets of your own design; you will have the freedom to produce anything you can dream up, in your desired batch size, time and time again.
Herb Nerd's Mission
Herb Nerd is a collision of the two things its founder loves most: Herbalism & Formulation. Basically, we're here to serve you a mash-up of traditional herbal studies, phytochemical discovery, geeky cosmetic chemistry, and natural product development (#herbalbeauty).
Herb Nerd is here to provide a fun, interactive, and informative learning space in the fields of Herbalism and Natural Cosmetic Formulation. Our goal is to make this information accessible to every type of learner, while providing our students with the mathematic and scientific tools to convert this information into innate knowledge to last a lifetime.
WELCOME FELLOW HERB NERDS!
Nothing like a good blooper reel to introduce myself!
Hi, I am Colleen, founder here at Herb Nerd. I am proud to say that I am an Herbalist. My art is my creations, which I compound with the guidance of intuition, science, and tradition, and color with a palette of plant pigments.
MORE ABOUT ME
"Over the past two years I have had the good fortune to study with Colleen three times. Not only does she have a vast array of Herbal knowledge, fine tuned from working in the field for many years, but the way she is able to disseminate information is so clear and concise, that I was able to immediately go out and make my own medicine with a really good foundation of knowledge. I would highly recommend her courses to anyone want to dive right into herbalism!"
Charlotte P, CSHS Graduate
"Colleen is incredibly thoughtful, thorough and generous as a teacher. I've had the pleasure of taking several of her medicine making classes and have come away each time with a solid foundation on the topic as well as techniques that only an expert in the field can share. I really appreciate her grounded knowledge of traditional medicine making ways as well as her deep understanding of chemistry and herbal constituents. Plus, she brings her great sense of humor and warm spirit to class."
Hilary G, CSHS Graduate
"I was a student of Colleen’s at CSHS and felt really comfortable in Colleen’s classes- she clearly had a deep knowledge of the plants and their actions, and was able to teach medicine making in an approachable and fun way. I developed a passion for skincare in Colleen’s class, and continue to use what I learn on a daily basis."
Maia H, CSHS Graduate
"Colleen brings a new definition to holism by intertwining herbal knowledge of the past with her fascination with the chemical makeups of plants. She dives deep into constituents and how those are best extracted. She is a world of knowledge that far surpasses just a knowledge of plants but the inherent knowledge that they hold as a whole. Her fascination with the science of it brings a complex and comprehensible appetite for everyone. She breaks what seems to be very complex mathematical problems down into a format that is understandable and easier to follow. Her knowledge and experience of product making guides you to make products even better than before. Her passion ignites the flame of our ancestral right and her love brings you together with a community of like-minded individuals."
Madeline H, CSHS Graduate
"She has a wonderful teaching style and the videos are outstanding!"
Arris, Herb Nerd Graduate
Stephen S, Herb Nerd Graduate
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