Great Spirit, Mother of Everything,
bless our green companions.
Ever patient, they manifest on Earth
the depth and breadth of
Your Unconditional Love. –aok
April O’Keefe is a certified herbalist and Shamballa energy practitioner. She promotes nutritional and medicinal herbalism as an effective, accessible resource for community and individual health. Her services include:
Community workshops: Fun-filled, informative workshops and classes on the many ways people can utilize herbs as food and medicine every day. See partial list of topics below.
Individual consultation: Detailed, individualized consults that address the whole person. Herbalists cannot diagnose in the U.S., but they can offer recommendations toward a healthier lifestyle. Recommendations might include herbal, nutritional, supplemental, aromatherapy and lifestyle adjustments. If managing serious health issues, April can work with you and your primary care provider.
Herbal products: A complete herbal apothecary that includes natural, nontoxic herbal products, as well as custom-made remedies, tinctures, liniments, salves, and creams to suit individual requirements. Herbal products work with the body’s systems to promote health and well being.
Shamballa energy facilitator: Client allows healing as they connect with the essence of their own “I Am” source. Shamballa sessions are relaxing; healing energy flows directly to the area in need of relief. Clients remain fully clothed, listen to peaceful music, and “allow.”
Referrals to other qualified alternative health care professionals.
The best way to reach April is to call her directly at 207-752-0939. Appointments are available at Saco Healing Arts or at her home office in Kittery. Find out more about April's herbal practice at www.AOKherbals.com. To be notified of upcoming workshops in the Herbs for Everyday series, sign up for our emailing list.
Why I love what I do:
People want accurate, up-to-date information about the healing properties of plants so they can make informed decisions about their own and their family’s health. As an herbalist, I love sharing how particular plant energies work with each of the body's systems to restore balance and promote health and wellness. Herbal remedies provide less toxic options for most common ailments and they can help the body maintain balance when managing challenging health issues. Through individual consults and practical hands-on workshops, I encourage everyone to explore the beautiful green gifts that grow in our own back yards. I love my work and sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
Interactive workshops are a fun way to share information and learn about using herbs every day. Here are just a few titles of workshops offered—suggestions for additional topics are always welcome:
* There’s No Place Like Home: Medicines in your own backyard
* Preserving Herbs: How to harvest, preserve and use your home-grown herbs all year long
* Comfort Foods: Winter warmth from the inside out
* Make Your Own Healing Salve
* Dream A Little Dream: Relaxing herbs that promote sleep naturally
* Grant Yourself Immunity with Astragulus Root Soup
* Gentle Herbs for Precious Children
* Herbal Detox for Liver, Colon and Kidneys
* Herbal Remedies for Everyday Happenstances
* Celebrate Seniority: Herbs for Golden Years
* Women of Every Age: An overview of herbs for Women
* Herbs for Manly Men
About April O'Keefe:
April formally learned the art of traditional American herbalism from her mentor and friend, Debbie Mercier, at Greenwood Herbals. April is now a Master Herbalist candidate at Clayton College of Natural Health and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. She holds a Master of Education from Plymouth State University and a Bachelor of Science from Granite State College. She studied botany, horticulture and soil science at Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute way back in the 1970’s.
Many of the plants used in her herbal practice are grown in her garden at home. April is passionate about her garden and uses sustainable, non-toxic practices. She is a proud member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
You ARE in the moment. What else is there? -Steven Harrison