Our staff is made up of ONLY professional herbalists. Everyone who writes for this blog is a practicing herbalist with at least a Master's Degree in Herbal Medicine.  Many of us are also certified nutrition specialists (CNS) and/or licensed nutritionists (LDN). As such, we pull from many sources, including traditional use, empirical evidence and the latest in clinical studies.
Welcome to your source for trustworthy, credible herbal medicine information.
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Jayne Tamburello, MS, CNS, LDN, RH(AHG)

Staff writer, editor and lecturer, Jayne Tamburello, MS, CNS, RH(AHG), LDN, is the founder of Invibe Herbal (, a company dedicated to creating organic tea blends to meet your needs.  At Invibe, just take the questionnaire and find out what you’ve been missing!  Jayne is a licensed nutritionist (LDN) and certified nutritionist (CNS) practicing in the states of Delaware and Pennslyvania. She holds an MS in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health and is a registered herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).

Amy Charnay, MS, CNS

Amy holds a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist and Yoga Instructor. She works as an educator, clinical herbalist, formulator and industry consultant. Amy is an adjunct faculty member in the Herbal Medicine graduate program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, the co-founder of “Reishi Roast”, a healthy and delicious herbal coffee alternative or companion, and founder and director of “Herban Allies”, an urban medicinal plant farm in Northern California. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies and is passionate about medicinal plant conservation and connecting people to plants. For more info visit:


Tara Thomas, MS, CNS

Tara Thomas, is a clinical herbalist and certified nutrition specialist (CNS).  She is opening Tend Herb Clinic in Seattle, Washington, where she also gardens and teaches about medicinal plants and health. She is passionate about helping people live healthier lives with the help of plants and she brings a dedication to ecological sustainability into her work in botanical medicine and as an advisory member for The Sustainable Herbs Project. She holds an MS Herbal Medicine, Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health), an MS in Environmental Science, University of Montana, and BA Environmental Studies & Education, Middlebury College, with additional trainings in Food as Medicine and Mindfulness from the Center for Mind Body Medicine. 

Judith Fox Smith, MS, is the founder of Foxsmyth Herbal, in Stoneham, MA.  Judy is a biological research scientist and clinical herbalist. She is the founder and past president of the Eastern PA chapter of American Herbalist Guild, the Herb Gatherers of Lansdale, PA and past Vice President of San Antonio Herb Society.  She combines her knowledge of biology and botany with her passion to provide practical herbal and lifestyle recommendations for a holistic balance in today’s techno-driven world.

Donna Koczaja, M.S., RH(AHG) graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) with a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism.  She earned Registered Herbalist status from the American Herbalists’ Guild in 2018.  Originally educated as a mechanical engineer, she combines the rigor of her original scientific training with the traditional healing art of herbal medicine to partner with her clients to uncover the root cause of their underlying health issues.  Also a Master Gardener since 2008, her primary interest is in inspiring others to improve their health and sense of wellbeing through the joys of gardening and the power of natural medicine.  Read more about her, what she does, and why she does it at, or contact her directly at, 240-353-8754.
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Renata Lynn Atkinson, MS


Renatais an herbalist with a clinical practice in Greenbelt, MD. Renata helps women build a foundation of wellness while tending to their unique health concerns, so they can do their work in the world with passion and vitality. She brings to her practice a scientific background, education and experience in clinical herbalism and nutrition, her love of nature and deep respect for the healing process to give her clients individualized support on their healing path. Renata holds a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post Masters Certificate in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Maryland. When she's not in the clinic, Renata can be found tinkering with Earthskills, in the garden and out and about the forest with her family, friends and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Find Renata at and on Facebook @renatalynnclinicalherbalistClick here to receive her newsletter and get your guide to optimizing your daily routine to support optimal circadian rhythms.