Stephanie Jo McCann

Planetary Herbalist

Business: Golden State Botanicals, Radical Roots Photography

Contact info: 916-770-0261, [email protected]com

Available products: Product line in formulation and to be announced soon!

Consultation status: herb counter consults only

Potential classes: Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Veterans' Healing Circle

Among other things, I am a planetary herbalist studying Western herbalism, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Originally from Sacramento, I received my bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and worked in several different careers before finding my way to herbalism. Currently, I am finishing an apprenticeship with herbalist and aromatherapist Kathi Keville and am in the midst of a rigorous 1200-hour program at East West School of Planetary Herbology.

Prior to beginning my herbal journey, I felt so disconnected from nature, from my body, and from my inner voice, wandering aimlessly through life. I stumbled across herbal medicine when I was searching for some simple remedies for a cold. Little did I know that this would be the start of the most rewarding experience of my life! I was at a low point in my life, far from health, and feeling utterly lost in the chaos. The remedies I took not only helped me recover much faster, but they had a much deeper, spiritual impact. This beautiful plant medicine resonated with my soul, and I knew I had found my path.

Since experiencing firsthand the profound healing of plants, I have become passionate about helping others reconnect with nature through many different avenues. Sustainable farming, eating real food, photographing the great outdoors, and healing with plants are a few of my favorite ways to nurture this connection. As the wife of a combat veteran, I hold a special place in my heart for our servicemen and women. Current projects in the works include a veterans’ farming program and holistic healing circle.  Returning to the land, even in small ways, shows so much potential for our society to find healing.

It is with deep thanks that I remember my many teachers on this journey – Kathi Keville, for her encouragement, generosity of spirit, and passion to share her lifetime of herbal wisdom; John and Kimberly Gallagher, for their vision and dedication to create Herb Mentor; Rosalee de la Forêt, for her brilliant courses and for making herbal education so accessible to us all; all of the East West faculty, for their boundless creativity in finding ways to convey the intricacies of these ancient healing systems; and finally, to the plants, for reaching out to share all of their green knowledge.