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Herbalist Valerie Blankenship, AHG, has over 32 years experience as clinician, formulator, medicine maker and educator. She runs a busy herbal clinic, and is the developer and chief instructor for the popular Sage Herbal Foundations program, an intensive, 27 class, 7 month program for the home herbalist: www.sagewomanherbs.com/classes/herbal-foundations-course/
She is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. AHG Registered Herbalist membership requires an intensive, peer-reviewed application process through the professional herbalist’s organization, requiring demonstrated herbal knowledge and clinical experience and skills.
Valerie is a guest speaker at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder and UCCS at the Bethel School of Nursing. Valerie loves sharing her knowledge, and her teaching approach is generous. Her rich experiences from the clinic provide a deeper understanding of the use of both local and planetary herbs.
She holds certifications from Wild Rose College, David Hoffmann’s Therapeutic Herbalism program and The School of Natural Healing. She attends topical herbal intensives yearly through The American Herbalists Guild and Naturopathic Colleges and is a member of the American Herbalist’s Guild.
She has completed intensive training in integrative holistic treatments with herbal clinician Donald Yance, through his ECLECTIC TRIPHASIC™ MEDICAL SYSTEM (ETMS).
She is not a doctor. She does not diagnose nor prescribe. Instead her goal is to educate and empower her clients to care for themselves in an earth-centered manner. Her approach is anchored in Vitalism, a tradition that respects the body’s innate ability to heal itself if given the proper physical, spiritual and mental nourishment. In the clinic, she employs the Western Constitutional Assessment technique developed by Michael Moore, a method which focuses on the unique constitution and organ state of each client, as well as the energetics of individual herbs and formulations.
Care is given to ensure clients are educated regarding the importance of restoring and maintaining a health microbiome in order to achieve proper absorption of nutrients. Careful attention is given to strengthening the immune system as well as weakened organ systems. Nutrition always receives top priority, for without adequate nutrition, wellness can never be achieved.
What to expect during the consultation: After reviewing your detailed intake form, Valerie conducts a thorough interview with you to uncover health history and lifestyle details. She will often chart your tongue, nail and facial features related to your health. She also gathers information to assess all bodily systems for excesses and deficiencies. She will then design specialized herbal formulations for you and make recommendations for supplements and dietary changes based on any imbalances.
Preparing your formulas: Sage Consulting & Apothecary offers an on-site herbal pharmacy and apothecary containing over 200 herbal tinctures and bulk herbs. All special tincture, capsule or tea blends designed for you will be prepared on site, usually the same day. Re-fills may be ordered by phone through the clinic.
The Initial consultation - lasts up to 2 hours total, which includes around 30 to 45 minutes for her to read your intake form and to review any additional notes and labs. During this prep time, she will also be creating your file and as well as starting an herbal and supplement and dietary protocol for you. The remainder of the consult time with will spent with you reviewing your health imbalances.
Followups - last up to 45 minutes. Although each client has unique needs, subsequent consultations may be scheduled monthly for a period of time. Eventually consultations will be every few months, or as needed.
What if it has been a long time between appointments? - If one year has elapsed since your last consultation with the herbalist, it is recommended that you schedule a new 2-hour Initial Consultation, in order to thoroughly review your file. Please call us if you have questions regarding whether or not you need a new initial consultation.
How to get the most our your time with the herbalist - The time goes quickly. The more organized your are with your materials and your questions, the more you will get out of the consultation.
Discounts - Product discounts are available for clients for 7 days following their consultation. All active clients receive 15% off most herbal products on their herbal program, excluding Mercola and Natura products and our own Sage Woman Herbal tinctures. Tinctures are already discounted according to the size of the bottle purchased. Larger bottles receive a lower price per ounce. If you have questions regarding any of these client discounts, please inquire for details.
Holistic Health Plan – We offer a limited number of these plans. The plan is an excellent value for those on a budget who foresee needing ongoing followups with the herbalist.
Costs - A deposit of $300 is paid, followed by payments of $30 per month for 10 months for a total of $600 for the year. Consultations include 1 initial consultation, plus 10 follow-up appointments within a 12-month period. You may sign up for the plan by the end of the second appointment.
Savings - That is a savings of $200 per year, with the convenience of having payments withdrawn from your credit card automatically. In addition, Health Plan Clients receive the discounts listed below whenever they purchase products for themselves listed on their program, until the expiration of their plan.
No-shows - Cancelled or missed scheduled appointments with less than 24 hours notice will be subtracted from total followups included in the program.
Private herbal consultations are available by appointment are available on Tuesdays through Thursdays at her clinic at 2727 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs. Appointments are held in the clinic by phone, zoom or Skype. During the time of COVID, all consults will be conducted by phone, zoom or Skype only.
CALL TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION:
TOLL FREE 1-833-473-4372