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STELLER BOTANICAL HEALTH:

CREDENTIALS & ETHICS

Gustavus, Alaska

I am committed to continuous learning and doing the best I can for all my clients.

I am a Registered Herbalist (AHG), Asian Bodywork Therapist, AOBTA-CP and Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), and certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I graduated from East West School of Herbology, Acupressure Institute, and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™. I enhanced my studies by completing clinical internships with Robin London, L.Ac and Lesley Tierra, L.Ac back in 2003-2004. I studied Acu-Oncology with Isabel Adkins and received extensive training with Ashiatsu Master Edward Spencer. I formally opened my practice Robin's Song Acupressure & Herbal Therapy in Fairbanks in 2004 and have been doing this work ever since. Continuing to learn and grow every day, every year, every decade.

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gathering spruce roots

Harvesting spruce roots for crafts

Published articles: Flagrant Fragrances. An exploration of the sustainability of Essential Oils in the Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, 2015.

About Me

Robin's Song was named for Robin London, L.Ac. I was so blessed to intern with Robin, an incredible acupuncturist, herbalist, and teacher. Robin put her whole heart into every interaction. Shortly before I opened my practice in 2004, Robin passed away due to cancer. Her memory remains an inspiration and role model. I so wish she could see how far I have come since my time as her student. As time and my locales have changed my practice has been renamed Steller Botanical Health.

For more than 20 years my husband and I have lived a subsistence oriented lifestyle in Alaska growing and wild-harvesting vegetables, berries, fruits, fish and game. In 2012 we moved from one of the coldest valleys in the Fairbanks area to the relatively temperate coast of Southeast of Alaska. We have been expanding and improving our market vegetable and medicinal herb gardens since then.

We have experimented over time to find the crops that grow best in this climate and creatively come up with ways that are efficient in preserving our foods with the most nutrients while being flavorful! Supplements have their place as 'supplements' to our health. I believe that food is the most powerful medicine. Every meal is a chance to improve our microbiota, our energy...make every one of our cells, and not to mention our brains, happy with real vitality.

SUSTAINABILITY isn't just a buzz word

Steller Botanicals is powered by small community scale hydropower

High quality herbs are emphasized, organically grown or harvested in a sustainable manner. We have an expanding herb garden of about 50 herbs, nourished by the clean air and soil of Glacier Bay and I am surrounded by healthy forests and beaches from which to wild-gather. Herbal products are extracted with organic ingredients. I believe that each step closer to home that an item can be sourced enables greater familiarity and assurances of ethical, social, and environmental practices as well as overall quality.

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ORGANIC IS NOT ALWAYS SUSTAINABLE

Habitat destruction, a lack of quality accountability, heavy metal contamination, cheap labor, excess packaging, and a large carbon footprint are increasingly common flaws with organic products in our global economy.

Alaska provides fantastic moments, most of which I have not captured. Please respect my images and do not copy them from the site. (however the pic above is not Gustavus' hydro creek, it has a similar feel though)