This week our guest is Holly Bellebuono. She is an 18th-year traditional and certified herbalist, professional speaker, forager, award-winning formulator and apothecary, writer, and women’s natural health specialist. She is author of the books The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How to Transform Easy-to-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family and The Authentic Herbal Healer: The Complete Guide to Herbal Formulary & Plant-Inspired Medicine for Every Body System. Her third book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History and Geography of Herbal Medicine has just been published.
Holly operates Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary LLC, a retail and wholesale apothecary. Holly began her healing career via a love-affair with plants, and over eighteen years has developed, marketed, branded, and sold her 70 original and award-winning plant-based medicines to tens of thousands of customers, including tinctures, salves, oils, powders, salts, and teas.
As director of the Bellebuono School of Herbal Studies, Holly provides training and certification in herbal medicine, conferring two certificates to successful graduates. Her classes, hands-on workshops, retreats and intensives enrich the student’s deeper understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and natural health both on-line and on-site around the East Coast and at her apothecary garden on Martha’s Vineyard.
She regularly speaks to audiences about herbal medicine and natural health, presenting her slide documentary Our Healing Heritage: Celebrating World Medicine Tradition and Women Healers to audiences around the country. To document the traditional and indigenous healing practices of women across the world, she traveled extensively and features 31 women from 20 countries and all continents but Antarctica. Her profiles of women healers and world healing traditions is the first of its kind and is central to a deeper understanding of health care, women’s empowerment, health policy, indigenous studies, and botany.
Holly studied with David Hoffmann as well as “old-timers” in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina; was a WOOFER (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) in England, Scotland and Ireland; served as Program Director for the non-profit advocacy group Appalachian Voices; and has taught for conferences, camps, universities, colleges, senior centers, hospitals and arboreta. She is a regular contributing writer for Taproot Magazine and has been featured or published in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, MVTV, JUNO British Magazine for Natural Parenting, Kiwi Organic Parenting Magazine, Appalachian Voice, Edible Vineyard, Well-Wed Magazine, Carolina Mountain Living, The United Plant Savers Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, PlumTV, and more. She is a member of United Plant Savers, North East Herb Association, Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network, and the American Herbalist’s Guild.
Holly lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband and two children, their frisky dog, and lots and lots of chickens.