The Meet the Masters project is a mentoring initiative geared towards inspiring and educating herbalists on innovative ways to make a living with herbal medicine. In this ongoing series we ask leading North American herbalists to answer the question: “How did you establish a career in Herbal Medicine?” Our masters are listed in alphabetical order by first name. Enjoy!
Jeanne Rose (born 9 January 1937) is an herbalist/aromatherapist who changed the current practice of American herbalism when she began her public work in 1969 with the publication of her first book, Herbs & Things, Jeanne Rose’s Herbal. She has lived in San Francisco since 1967 and established a herbal/aromatic garden and study center. Becoming concerned about the environment and the production of aromatic plants, she organized the aromatherapy industry and a group, The Aromatic Plant Project, to support local and organic production of aromatic plants; to provide resources for growers and distillers; to ensure high quality aromatherapy products and to educate consumers as to the appropriate and beneficial uses of these aromatic products.
Rose is the author of over 25 books, including Herbs & Things; The Herbal Body Book; Aromatherapy Book: Inhalations and Applications; and Jeanne Rose’s Herbal Guide to Food and she has taught herbs, aromatherapy and distillation extensively throughout the U.S. She organized and was President of the first large Aromatherapy organization in the United States, NAHA, and speaks widely at many other events and conferences. She teaches distillation techniques for quality essential oils throughout various parts of the world. The word, hydrosol as used for the waters of distillation, was first used and put in place by Jeanne Rose in 1990. Read Full Article
Rosemary Gladstar lives and works from her home Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont. She is the director of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, and the author of numerous herb books including the best seller Herbal Healing for Women, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and the Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course. Her greatest passion has been the work of United Plant Savers, a non profit organization that she founded in 1994 and is currently serving as `Founding President’. Read Full Article