OVER 35 YEARS OF QUALITY HERBAL THERAPEUTICS

Interview: Cassandra Welsh

Clinical Herbalist, Natural Products Store Owner: Passionflowers, Skippack, Pennsylvania

How did you first become interested in herbal medicine?

Herbs have been a passion of mine for a long time. In the 70’s & 80’s I read the books that were available and experimented a lot with herbs in cooking and healing. As I became more and more interested in herbal medicine I found it hard to feel confident about the knowledge that was available from literature. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with David Winston, it gave me a foundation of knowledge to grow with.

What kind of training do you have?

I completed David Winston’s two year program at the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical medicine in 1999 and two graduate programs: one in 2001 and again in 2004.

How has David Winston influenced you?

It has been said that no one is quite the same once they have taken David’s class. I believe this to be true. You grow in a very good way in how you live, think, and eat! We live in a time when medicine and the pharmaceutical industry can be very intimidating. David teaches you to do your research, and make choices that best suit you. For myself, family, and pets, herbal medicine has given me options that I would not have been aware of had it not been for my studies with David. I am profoundly grateful!

 

How do you incorporate your education into your daily work?

I own and operate a retail business in Skippack Pennsylvania called Passionflowers. I am not strictly herbal; I sell items for the home, garden, and self that satisfies my creative side. On a daily basis I meet and talk to people about herbs. I find folks open and curious about herbal healing. Of course you always hear the “what’s good for...”! It is a relaxed atmosphere where I am able to share the herbal and lifestyle gifts that I have learned.