Western Herbalist. POSTPARTUM CHEF & DOULA. YOGA & PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER. wildcrafter. Wellness educator. STUDENT OF Ayurveda & ANATOMY. Lover of local farms and all things wild.
Clover and Timothy is the result of ALICIA'S passion for plants and HER calling to help others HEAL.
I am a Brooklyn-based western herbalist, a yoga teacher and a postpartum doula and chef. I have over ten years of experience teaching holistic health in New York City and feel especially called to empower people through the transformative experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood.
My love of plants began early; as a child you could regularly find me foraging for wild strawberries, swinging from trees and collecting dandelions flowers from cracks in pavement. Growing up in suburban New Jersey in the 1980′s however most people considered dandelions pesky nuisances to be weed whacked, not the bits of wonder I found them to be, let alone something consumed for healing. It was not until fifteen years later that I first turned to plants for health purposes. In the midst of a personal health crisis I started practicing yoga and my life and attitude about what I put on and in my body changed completely. Yoga inspired me to seek out alternative and natural ways to care for myself; studies in herbalism, Ayurveda and nutrition followed naturally.
I then moved from New York City to Southeast Asia. The streets of my neighborhood were lined with all sorts of herb shops selling dried roots, berries and barks. Inspired by the local herb scene, I set up a make-shift kitchen on my open air balcony and created my first home apothecary. It contained an interesting mix of western herbs brought from home and local remedies: chrysanthemum flowers and lemongrass, chamomile and valerian, goji berries, jasmine, ginseng, licorice and echinacea. My health improved and I felt more connected to the nature that was all around me. When I returned home to New York, I became a yoga teacher and began formal studies in Western Herbalism.
I have studied with many wonderful teachers over the years including Peeka Trenkle, Genny Kapuler, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Karen Rose and Jacoby Ballard. During my studies, I worked with the herbalists at Third Root Community Health Center to create and run a "Community Supported Herbalism" program, one of the first programs of its kind in the country. My involvement with this program woke up in me a deep love for foraging, for local farms and for hand-crafting my own remedies. In 2012, I deepened my knowledge of Ayurveda by working as an assistant to an Ayurvedic doctor and skincare specialist in NYC. Herbalism & Ayurveda led me to birth-work and soon there-after I became a birth and postpartum trained doula. My doula work has evolved into private perinatal chef work; my expertise lies in nourishing mothers and families during the incredible period of late pregnancy and postpartum.
My approach to birth work is truly holistic; I incorporate what I have learned from these varied traditions in the care I provide during the prenatal and postpartum periods.
Through my experiences with these healing arts, I have found a way of living that is lighter and more joyous because it is aligned with the natural rhythms of our planet. I created Clover and Timothy to share this way of living and to inspire people to come together in protecting our health, our children and the health our planet for future generations.
ALICIA & CLOVER AND TIMOTHY IN THE PRESS!