An herbal consultation offers a holistic approach to your well-being. Holistic health considers the whole person, body, mind and spirit as well as environmental, social, and lifestyle factors. All these aspects of your health and well-being will be explored as part of the consultation process. A holistic approach also means addressing the root cause of imbalance, not just the symptoms.
During an herbal consultation the herbalist will focus on educating the client on how they can enhance their body’s innate healing capacity. The consultation is an opportunity to learn natural approaches to health and receive guidance about the use of herbs for greater health and well-being. An herbal consultation can help you address a specific health concern or simply help you optimize your energy and vitality.
Working with an Herbalist and the
herbalist’s scope of practice
An herbalist will evaluate patterns in your health and individual constitution and make recommendations for improvements. Those recommendations may be in the form of herbs and herbal formulas, supplements, food choices and lifestyle changes. These recommendations are intended to support and facilitate your own informed-decision making and empower you in your journey towards better health.
When you work with an herbalist, your commitment to your own well-being is key to achieving your health goals. Your herbalist will help you make informed-decisions about use of natural products, help you understand the hurdles to success and encourage you along the way. A willingness to change and grow, being open to new ways of being, patience for the process and tenderness toward yourself optimize your ability to reach your goals.
Herbalists are trained in the therapeutic use of plants. Their goal is to facility a harmonious relationship between the plants and people. They work to create a relationship in which plant communities are respected and honored and plant medicine is utilized to support the body’s innate healing capacity and achieve balance.
Herbalists practicing in the United States are not licensed practitioners. The services we provide are not intended to replace the those of a licensed physician or other healthcare provider. Herbalists do not diagnose or prescribe treatments and are not trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disease according to the protocols of medical science. Your herbalist is part of your healthcare team and will work with any of your healthcare practitioners to support you.
Herbal Consultations At Nectar Apothecary
When it comes to meeting with an herbalist, we offer three options: 1) informal Mini-Consultations (10-15 minutes) that take place In the shop without an appointment; 2) Full Consultations (60-90 minutes) by appointment; and 3) Follow-Up Visits for individuals who have aready had a full consultation. You can also schedule a free meet & greet.
We also offer personal customized herbal formulation for simple concerns or to optimize your health and well-being. If you already have a recipe or formula for herbs or essential oils, we can also blend it for you. If you would like to spend more time with an herbalist and delve more deeply into ways to improve or optimize your health, or have a complexity of needs and concerns, we recommend scheduling a full consultation. This will ensure that we have enough time to fully devote to understanding your needs before making recommendations.
Full Consultation: $89 (60-90 minutes)
During a full consultation we will delve deeply in to your health history and needs and provide written recommendations. Please read “What to Expect in a Full Consultation,” below.
Follow-Up Visit - $45 (30-45 minutes)
After a full consultation, you are welcome to schedule follow-up visits to check in on you progress or to discuss other needs that were not addressed in the initial consultation.
Meet & Greet - Free (15 minutes)
You can schedule a short “meet & greet” visit with an herbalist to help you determine whether you would like to schedule a full consultation. There is no charge for this visit and no herbal recommendations will be offered.
When you come into the shop our staff of herbalists and herbalists-in-training are available to answer your questions about the products we offer and to assist you in making an informed decision about your purchase. We do not offer appointments for “mini-consults,” which are only appropriate for simple concerns that can be discussed in a relatively short period of time—10-15 minutes.
Sliding Scale is available if the cost of a consultation is prohibitive for you, please ask about our sliding scale plan or a payment plan.
Herbal Consultation Scheduling
You can schedule full consultations, follow up visits or meet & greets by selecting the button below.
What to Expect in a full consultation
Before your first visit, you will need to complete a questionnaire about your health and lifestyle. Your herbalist will review this information during your visit and delve more deeply into your concerns, needs, diet and lifestyle. You will receive written recommendations which may include personalized custom herbal formulas, supplements, food and lifestyle changes. The cost of your visit does not include herbs, supplements or other products.
If during your consultation, the herbalist determines that your needs are not within the scope of an herbalist’s training and expertise, you will be referred to another practitioner. You may also be referred to other practitioners who offer other types of support that may complement the use of herbal remedies.
Your initial visit will usually run 60-90 minutes. Follow up visits usually run about 30-45 minutes and can be scheduled based on your herbalist’s recommendation and mutual agreement. Bringing the body back to balance from a state of imbalance takes time. A given herbal program may be followed from 1 to 3 months or more, depending on the individual and their health status.
There will also be an herbalist-in-training attending your consultation. The herbalist-in-training is there to support you and learn consultation skills along the way. They will take notes and ask questions as needed.
Before Your Herbal Consultation
If you are scheduled for a full consultation, please print out and complete these forms and bring them to your visit.
Meet the Herbalist
Meet our herbalist and proprietress, Suzanne Teachey. In 1995, Suzanne left a career in law to pursue her passion for nature and medicinal plants. She graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies in 1996 and has been pursuing her love of herbs ever since. Her experience as an herbalist includes a clinical practice, management of an integrative pharmacy and an herbal apothecary.
Suzanne enjoys teaching others about the use of herbs and inspiring people to lead healthier lifestyles with the support of medicinal plants. Suzanne loves harvesting wild medicinal plants and creating handcrafted herbal products. Suzanne is also an experienced yoga teacher and loves sharing tools for health and well-being with her students. She holds a BA from Ohio State University and a JD from Loyola Law School.
Payment is due at the time of your visit. The price of your visit does not include herbs, supplements or other products that may be recommended during you visit. If you are unable to afford the cost, please let us know. We can offer a sliding scale payment or payment plan. We accept payment in cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice to avoid a cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice or fail to show up for a scheduled appointment, you will be charged $50 for an initial consult or $25 for a follow-up visit.
The information shared with your herbalist is confidential. Your information will only be disclosed with your written consent, if legally mandated or in the event of threatened suicide, child or elder abuse.