Holly Bellebuono, MPA, CH, CPC
Since about 2004, when Holly roamed the Blue Ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, she has explored plant remedies and taught herbal medicine, natural healing, and women's empowerment. Through her teachings, research, and writings, Holly explores themes of philosophy and personal transformation, incorporating concepts from myth, religion and literature that shed light on healing traditions and women's role in cultures around the world. She is a mentor for women of all ages who look for guidance in both herbal healing and self-discovery.
Holly has spent the past 2 decades as a traditional and certified herbalist, professional speaker, forager, award-winning formulator and apothecary, and writer. She is author of several books and an audio CD collection. Her first books are The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How to Transform Easy-to-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family and The Authentic Herbal Healer: The Complete Guide to Herbal Formulary & Plant-Inspired Medicine for Every Body System. Her third book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History and Geography of Herbal Medicine (foreword by Rosemary Gladstar) was released in September 2014 and is hailed as an evocative and beautiful celebration of world healing heritage. Holly is currently working on her next project with Shambhala Publishers: a recipe book of nourishing foods and drinks based on healing herbs.
Holly operates Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary LLC, a retail and wholesale apothecary on Martha's Vineyard. She has developed, marketed, branded, and sold her 70 original and award-winning plant-based medicines to tens of thousands of customers, including tinctures, salves, oils, powders, salts, and teas. Her products are available in small stores and clinics around the country as well as in Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market in New England.
As director of the Bellebuono School of Herbal Studies, Holly provides training and certification in herbal medicine to students from around the world. Her classes, hands-on workshops, retreats and intensives enrich the student's deeper understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and natural health both on-line and on-site around the East Coast and at her apothecary garden on Martha's Vineyard. Her focus is herbal formulary--the actions and categories of plants in herbal medicine--and positive self-empowerment.
Holly regularly speaks to audiences about herbal medicine and natural health, presenting Women Healers of the World to conferences, universities, arboreta, retreats, and corporations. To document the traditional and indigenous healing practices of women across the world, she traveled extensively and features 31 women from 20 countries in 16 healing traditions. Her profiles of women healers and world healing traditions is the first of its kind and is central to a deeper understanding of health care, women's empowerment, health policy, indigenous studies, and botany.
Holly studied with Welsh herbalist David Hoffmann as well as "old-timers" in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina; was a WOOFER (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) in England, Scotland and Ireland; served as Program Director for the non-profit advocacy group Appalachian Voices; and has taught for conferences, camps, universities, colleges, senior centers, hospitals and arboreta. She is a regular contributing writer for Taproot Magazine and Sage Woman Magazine and has been featured or published in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, MVTV, JUNO British Magazine for Natural Parenting, Kiwi Organic Parenting Magazine, Appalachian Voice, Edible Vineyard, Well-Wed Magazine, Massage Magazine, Elephant Journal, Carolina Mountain Living, The United Plant Savers Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, Mother Nature Network, PlumTV, and more. She is a member of United Plant Savers, North East Herb Association, Martha's Vineyard Women's Network, and the American Herbalist's Guild.
Holly travels from Martha's Vineyard where she lives with her husband and two children.
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