Ember Peters is a clinical herbalist committed to providing accessible herbal care and quality herbal education. She is inspired by a love of plants and fascination with their healing qualities, and she approaches well-being through a holistic energetic lens informed by scientific research. She views herbal medicine as deeply rooted in a relationship with the land-base, and recognizes community based holistic health as a tangible step towards collective liberation and individual empowerment. Ember’s interest and experience focuses on cancer, fertility autonomy, trans health, digestive issues, auto-immunity, neurological conditions and endocrine imbalances.
Ember draws on knowledge from Western Herbalism traditions, assessment tools from Classical Chinese Medicine, the latest scientific research, holistic physiology, flower essence therapy and nutrition. She views each person’s body as resilient and intelligent; where mind, body, spirit, experiences and symptoms are interconnected. Ember gained extensive clinical experience working full-time at the British Columbia Compassion Club Society Wellness Center in Vancouver BC, offering accessible sliding-scale herbal care to mostly low-income people with complex chronic illness and cancer. Ember’s extensive clinical experience includes supporting people with illnesses including fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, insomnia, bipolar, anxiety, depression and hormone dysregulation. With a client-centered and trauma-informed approach, Ember aspires to create a healing space for all.
Ember has always been in a love affair with the woods, the sea and wild spaces. She began formal study of herbalism in 2009 at the Living Earth School of Herbalism in Ontario, and graduated from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Clinical Herbalist training program in 2014. She is a Registered Herbal Therapist with the Canadian Herbalist Association and has taught widely about herbalism at conferences, workshops and schools.
Ember spends most of her free time with plants or thinking about them – gardening, wildcrafting, hiking with her dog, making medicine, studying, and traveling to visit plant and human friends across Turtle Island. She is interested in challenging and dismantling the impact of colonialism and capitalism on our relationships with each other, our bodies and with the land. She is deeply inspired by the stories that the land tells of its challenges living alongside human communities, and stories of community resistance and resilience.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is the use of plants as medicines to support healing. It is a holistic philosophy and practice viewing each person as a whole, where symptoms and experiences are connected and the human body is resilient and intelligent with an underlying ability to heal. Carefully chosen herbs or herbal formulas can encourage balance in a person’s body, mind and spirit. Herbalism is rooted in supporting healthy human communities and connection with nature.
Herbalism can support a person with any chronic and acute illnesses, or for anyone looking to live a more vibrant, balanced life. From colds and flus, injuries and wound healing, to long-term stress, sleep or mood imbalances, hormone imbalances, diabetes, cancer and auto-immune diseases – herbalism can be a supportive therapy for anyone looking to improve their resilience and well-being.
Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine, and some form of plant-based healing has been practiced across the world, throughout human history. Herbalism is as diverse as those who practice it and those who find improved quality of life from using plants. There are infinite ways that herbalism can be described and practiced, my views represent my own experience, education and context. I tend to to focus on local plants whenever possible, in the spirit of long-term sustainability and connection with local land-base.
How Does Herbal Medicine work?
Plants are complex beings with hundreds of chemical constituents, life force and wisdom. Humans and plants have evolved together in symbiosis. Plants provide nourishment, organ support, and strengthen our ability to adapt to our surroundings. We are exposed to so many challenges to our health every day – from stress and trauma to exposure to toxins, from inherited genetic weakness to hormone disrupters to our various self-soothing tools to help cope with our lives. Plants support us on the level of our physiologic body: repairing tissues, reducing inflammation, repairing genes, regulating body systems, improving function of organs. Plants support us on the level of our emotional mind-body: shifting our perception to stress, releasing held tensions, moving through difficult times. Plants support us on the level of our spirit: the wisdom and memory that plants carry is passed through their bodies, reminding us of our own innate wisdom; it is one small step towards repairing a deeply wounded, profoundly needed relationship between humans and plants.