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Becoming a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

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Becoming a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

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My life is rooted in nature.  I only feel truly grounded with a fresh air in my lungs and warm soil under my feet.  Every rustle of a leaf and chirp of a bird reminds me that the world around us is a beautiful and amazing gift.  I love to watch my children lounge in the grass or swim in a cool creek.  I love to sit among the vegetable rows or under the walnut trees and think of absolutely nothing – albeit those precious moments are so very few and far between.

There has never been a doubt in my mind that living a life closely connected with nature and eating food that is fresh and farm raised (or wild) helps a person to keep in good health.  But there times that we need some assistance to fight an infection, overcome stress and depression, combat pain, increase fertility and so on.  It has been becoming increasing easy to turn to modern medicine to alleviate our maladies.  But for all the miracles that modern, conventional medicine can provide, so too comes with it a host of potential side effects and, sometimes, a tremendous financial burden.  So it is with all due respect for modern medicine, that I have sought to treat my family in a holistic fashion and save the more aggressive conventional treatments for when and if they become truly needed.

This January (2015), I started academic studies for Complementary Alternative Medicine with a dual focus in herbal medicine and aromatherapy.  To me, this felt like a natural extension of being an organic, sustainable farmer.  My efforts as a farmer, home cook and practitioner will be the same: to support, restore and enhance health – be it with my soil, plants, livestock or clients, friends, family or self.  Upon completion of my studies I plan to add Holistic Healthcare Practitioner to my “title”, to consult and write on the subject of holistic health, and practice my modalities with confidence.  I will always be a farmer – it is in my blood, and my journey into the holistic healthcare field will not change that. More so, I see this as a natural evolution, a practice that I can continue long after I am no longer physically capable of  sheering sheep, wrestling a hogs for measurement, milking a cows and gardening for months at a stretch…

The Nitty Gritty Life blog will always be dedicated to my experiences, and an increasing focus on holistic healthcare will be a big part of that…  I look forward to providing more recipes to aid you in your wellness journey, in addition to sharing life on the farm, meals from the kitchen and tips and tricks for keeping a natural and vintage home.

And cookies…  Because all this healthy stuff has to allow for a few broken rules here and there, after all!  😉

Devon

Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of NittyGrittyLife.com can be seen at LearningHerbs.com, GrowForageCookFerment.com, AttainableSustainable.net, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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  • Tonya March 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Hello,
    I was just wondering if you are going through an online school for your holistic health studies as I am interested in pursuing some kind of certificate in holistic nutrition health counseling.
    Thanks so much,
    Tonya

    • Devon March 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Tonya!
      Thanks for visiting my blog! To answer your question, yes I am attending online classes via the American College of Healthcare Sciences, which is a fully accredited institution. There are a couple of certificate and degree programs that might be right up your alley as they pertain to holistic nutrition specifically. These programs may even qualify for grants and federal student financial aid. My experience this far has been very positive. I would recommend getting in touch with Amanda Heller in Admissions to get more information. If you do, let her know that I sent you!!! (Heck, maybe they might kick me a discount on a class for a referral — but not holding by breath!) Although my program isn’t nutrition specific, it does qualify me to sit the exam for Holistic Nutritional counseling credentials upon completion.
      Good luck to you on your journey!

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