HERBALISt & FLOWer essence practitioner
When we align our mind and body with our Spirit, we truly experience what it means to be healthy.
I believe that Nature has given us all that we need, and that it is up to us to feed our bodies and cultivate practices that nurture and nourish us.
My journey has taken many twists and turns. Losing my Mother taught me that health is the most important thing in life, second only to Love. My herbal teachers taught me to look to Nature for the answers. And my spiritual mentors taught me to connect with my inner guidance and wisdom to walk firmly on my path.
My goal is to help you achieve your own personal vision of health and abundance.
Education & Training
Gina Kearney earned her Professional Herbalist Certification from the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City after completing a 3-year, 1,200-hour program.
Her clinical training includes Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), Flower Essence Therapy, Ayurveda, Eclectic Herbalism, European Phytotherapy, Native American Herbalism, Advanced Herbal Therapeutics & Energetics, Botanical Materia Medica & Formulation, Anatomy & Physiology, Holistic Assessment, Botany, Nutrition, and Medicine Making.
Gina also studied as a Flower Essence Practitioner at Delta Gardens with David Dalton, a 30-year leading clinical practitioner.
Additionally, she is trained in Native American Herbalism (Dr. Jody Noe), Meditation and Mindfulness (The School of Practical Philosophy), and Professional Culinary (The Institute of Culinary Education).
Gina feels blessed to have studied and practiced the ancient shamanic wisdom teachings of Q'ero Inca Shamanism with Joan Poelvoorde, a mentor and friend.
Prior to founding Herbs & Owls, Gina co-founded Concept 5, a NY-based award-winning online marketing agency, where for 10 years she was intimately involved in online business strategy, creative design and web development for start-ups and mid-sized businesses.
But the Plants were calling her.
She left the company she founded, formalized her Herbalism training and dedicated her career to sharing the ancient wisdom of Herbal Medicine and Flower Essences to help people lead healthier lives.
HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH PLANTS
I was 25, it was the very beginning of the dot com boom and I was working at a vibrant, fun and exciting internet company.
Life was good.
Then one sunny, warm August day everything changed.
All of a sudden a rush of thoughts and feelings came over me like a freight train. I was anxious, scared, jittery and felt as though I had no control over myself. It was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced. I didn’t know if I should go to the hospital, if I was going to die on the spot or even how to deal with the immediate rush of thoughts and feelings that I was having. Needless to say, I scared my friend who witnessed the whole thing half to death!
After awhile it receded and I was left wondering what on earth just happened to me. The feelings lingered for the rest of the day, I just couldn’t shake it.
The next day I confided in another friend and explained what happened.
She told me I had a panic attack.
I began to research panic disorder and anxiety attacks and outlined everything that was “recommended as treatment”. I bought books, made a doctor appointment, a therapist appointment, and increased my time spent in meditation.
My doctor ran tests to rule out anything physical and recommended that I take an anti-anxiety medication, which I reluctantly agreed to. At this point I would do anything to NEVER feel that way again.
For me, taking that pill made me emotionally sick, it sucked the life out of me. It was like I was half me and half gray cloud.
My creativity – dulled.
My excitement and passion – dulled.
My joy – dulled.
The panic attacks continued.
One time I went to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack.
Something had to change.
Thats when I found herbal medicine and my personal path to a life without panic attacks.
I did a bunch of research and discussed my plan with my doctor.
I went off the meds.
I began to use wonderful medicinal herbs like kava, valerian root, chamomile, and lemon balm to help me manage my panic and anxiety and help myself to heal on a very deep level.
Everyday as I took these herbs, I felt my body responding and my connection to nature growing. Whereas that pill made me feel sick, the herbs made me feel alive, capable and healthy.
I still had panic attacks, but they lessened in both intensity and frequency.
And, more importantly I had healthy ways to deal with them in the moment. I would take herbal medicine and feel my body restoring calm. I would breath and engage in positive self-talk to pull me out of my mind and into creation.
It was working.
I didn’t know if I would ever be free of anxiety but I did know that it wasn’t going to kill me and that I was able to handle it and myself.
Over the course of the next four years, I had my ups and downs but I held on to the herbs and trusted in their wisdom.
Then one day the panic attacks stopped.
I WAS LEFT WITH A PROFOUND CONNECTION TO THE PLANTS AND DESIRE TO LEARN EVERYTHING THAT I COULD ABOUT TRADITIONAL HEALING AND HERBAL MEDICINE.
Which is why I have been studying the ancient art of herbal medicine ever since and learning first-hand from wonderful, insightful and talented teachers across many disciplines including Western Herbalism, Flower Essence Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and Native American traditions.