At Higher Ground Herbs & Homestead, Many of the plants we use are wild crafted and cultivated here on the homestead. When growing or wild harvesting isn't an option, carefully selected herbs are purchased from reputable herbal suppliers, such as Mountain Rose Herbs, to create the many teas, tinctures, salves and blends of herbs to suit the needs of clients. We feel that natural, sustainable, common-sense living is an important component to a healthy lifestyle. Catch a class this year as we open up the homestead to families seeking to gain skills in foraging, herbal medicine making, natural animal husbandry, soap making, fermenting, cheese making, and so much more!
April has been studying alternative/holistic health for over eight years, since she became a mother and realized the importance of holistic healthcare for herself and her family. Previously, she attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center and has held positions as a Medical Scientist and Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials Manager at Duke University and for the majority of the major Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies.
"This career experience was truly eye opening, and the major force behind shifting focus completely, as I wanted nothing more than to run far, far away from 'conventional' medicine after seeing the harm caused by it and the greedy attitudes of the people in the industry. There was very little 'health' and even less 'care' in conventional healthcare."
Over the past eight years, April has studied ways to help her family and others with the medicine God has provided. She started with a focus on perinatal wellbeing, including addressing perinatal mood disorders with a natural approach, with the use of supplements and placentophagy. From there, her interests evolved and she began studying herbalism for the whole family. After studying alongside the well-known and respected Master Herbalist and Naturopathic Doctor, Darryl Patton at the Deep South Center for Herbal Studies, she continued her studies on her own due to family commitments. From there she received her Master Herbalist Diploma with Distinction from the Centre of Excellence, and is now a member of the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. Being a lifelong learner, she then enrolled in the Appalachian Center for Natural Health to gain another perspective from Phyllis Light. She has a knack for connecting with people and identifying underlying issues in order to better address the whole person.
“To ignore the experience of people trained in the science of their day, or simply expert in the practical application of folk medicine, is both culturally bigoted and unscientific. We cannot presume that conventional modern science knows everything. Folk tradition includes many more layers of nuanced experience, including information drawn from the imagination, intuition, observation of animals, bedside experience, taste and smell, that the inherently limited boundaries of modern science cannot include. These layers of knowledge enrich, rather than deduct from scientific endeavor.” – Matthew Wood (Traditional Western Herbalist)