Natalie Vickery is an Herbalist and Educator with a degree in Natural Health Studies and Naturopathy. Natalie provides personal consultations for those who are seeking alternative health solutions and education relating to prevention and optimal health.
Natalie offers classes on various aspects of natural health to include an introduction and the traditional uses of herbs, medicine making, aromatherapy, healthly solutions for women, men and children, holistic nutrition along with a host of other topics.
In My Own Words…
As a child I remember begging my parents for Grape Nuts cereal. I had seen a commercial with Euell Gibbons telling you that, “many parts of a pine tree are edible”. I remember thinking that it was so cool that you could actually eat parts of the pine tree. I always felt an attraction to nature. and some of my fondest memories as a child involve spending time with my grandfather in his garden eating the vegetables fresh from the ground.
Although, I always believed my career path would have me close to nature my desire for adventure led me elsewhere. (As a kid my dream job would have been working along side Tarzan and Cheetah.) Aircraft Coordinator, Railroad Dispatcher, and U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk pilot are just a few of my former endeavors before I became a herbalist.
I guess I became an adrenaline junkie, which eventually started taking its toll on me both physically and mentally. In 1998 I developed diplopia (double vision), which ended my career as a pilot and set me on a quest to improve my health. It was thin that I began to take charge of my own health and reconnect with nature.
I am really a country folk herbalist at heart. My mother refers to me as, “The Chicken Doctor”, because I sometimes trade and barter various things for my services. I can’t actually say that I have traded my services for a chicken but I have exchanged herbs for wild game and honey. Because of my own experiences I am an advocate of, “everything in moderation”. I believe in giving back to the earth and to the community. I love being an herbalist, discovering local medicinal wild plants in my area, making my own plant medicine and sharing my passion with others. It still amazes me that everything we need comes from nature and that, yes, “many parts of a pine tree are edible”.
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In Health and Happiness,
Natalie (The Chicken Doctor)