I have been immersed in the world of natural health for as long as I can remember. It's important to me to research and learn the different ways we can correct, heal, and bring back into balance our health and well-being.
There are a lot of conflicting opinions out there about what is the healthiest way to live. I like to encourage people to keep a balanced view, to do the research, and start with baby steps towards their health goals.
I formalized my study of Naturopathy with a degree from Trinity College of Natural Health. Naturopathy is a kind-of umbrella term that covers herbology, nutrition, homeopathy, etc. The underlying philosophy of Naturopathy is that if you give the body what it requires, it will heal itself.
I am a certified doula with DONA (Doulas of North America)*, and an Herbalist. I offer public classes on making products, or about food, different health topics, or herbs, as well as classes that can be tailored to your group, in your home, office or business, for a more personal educational session. I also offer one-on-one health consulting services focusing on on clearing out obstacles to health, and beginning to add new healthy solutions to keep you and your family feeling healthy everyday! Contact me if you have any questions, or would like to talk more about the ways we can work together! firstname.lastname@example.org
* A Doula is person that supports a woman before, during, and after she gives birth. Support is educational, emotional, and physical. (Different than a midwife, this is not a medical profession)
About the name: Bridget's Apothecary
I had been thinking about names that avoided using my (hard to spell/remember) name. I was researching patron saints of healing, although all the saints are patron saints of healing in some sense, there was one website that listed St. Brigid as patron saint of healing(and also the patron saint of midwives, babies, chicken farmers, poets and dairymaids, among other things). There are many delightful, varying stories about St. Brigid. One of them says that she prayed to have her beauty taken away so that she would stop getting marriage proposals and be allowed to become a nun. Perfect for a business that sells body care/beauty products right? Ha. Don't worry, her beauty was restored after she became a nun, and she went on to be the patroness of Ireland.
Bridget is my middle name, so I am using my name's spelling, rather than the more traditional Irish spelling. I also love that the name itself, while it means Strong, immediately brings to mind bridges, strong connective pathways between two very separate things. I have often found myself playing just that role.
An Apothecary, historically, was the person or place where herbal medicines were prepared and dispensed. They would often mix up a certain kind of compound for each person's individual ailment. My hope is that through the Make-and-Learn sessions, we start to educate ourselves and become our own apothecaries. I would like to put simple healing tools within reach and encourage experimenting and tinkering with the recipes to find what works the best for each person.
Put them together and you've got Bridget's Apothecary!
If you are in the Pittsburgh area, I invite you to come join in the fun at one of the Make-and-Learns. Or, you can start by trying out some of the products. Feel free to ask questions, or suggest themes for new classes and products. Imagine if all the products in your house were handmade and natural? Wouldn't that be wonderful? Tell a friend and join in, let's start something big!
Blessings and peace,