New Program Offers Mini Health Consultations 
at GreenStar

By Lisa Marsella, 

Wellness Manager

bigstock-ApothecaryIf you're curious about a particular alternative healing modality but don't have time for a one- or one-and-a-half-hour class, or if you've considered trying something new but want to meet and speak with a practitioner first to ask questions and voice concerns, then "The Practitioner Is In" is the program for you.


As the Wellness Manager at GreenStar, I am privileged to speak daily with many community members who are taking responsibility for their own individual health and wellness. The drive toward organic, natural foods and herbs and supplements is happening worldwide and these products are quickly becoming the norm. For whatever reasons, people are feeling empowered to research, learn, and try new diets and remedies outside of what has been the mainstream Western way. All of this has whetted the appetite of our own community and created a hunger for knowledge of natural alternatives for supporting health. With the internet, a vast source of information is available to all, but it's sometimes overwhelming to sift through the information to find definitive answers. Often, people want to talk to another human being, to be heard and seen face to face, to share experiences and information.

At GreenStar we have been offering classes taught by community members to other community members for almost twenty years! Some of these are part of a series of classes titled "Meet the Practitioner," which are taught by local health-care practitioners. Now, in response to growing interest in alternative health practices, we have created a new program called "The Practitioner Is In." This new program will take interaction with local health practitioners to the next level, allowing community members to have one-on-one discussions with them.

If you have specific questions that cannot be answered at a class but aren't ready to invest money in an appointment, this program provides a "sneak preview" of what an appointment would be like and enables you to get more information before you make a decision. The format allows for a personal connection to occur between community members and practitioners through direct contact and discussion. It also provides local practitioners, most of whom are passionate about health and wellness and love to share their knowledge and experience, the opportunity to reach many more community members. And, of course, it gives GreenStar the opportunity to be a meeting place for the community, a place where people's needs are met, relationships are created, knowledge is shared, and wellness proliferates.

We are a fortunate community in that we are home to numerous alternative practitioners who provide a wide variety of modalities and possess an ocean of knowledge and experience to be shared. "The Practitioner Is In" is GreenStar's effort to meet the growing needs of our community members as they seek knowledge of modalities that can increase and maintain health. What better way to get this than speaking directly with experienced, knowledgeable, local practitioners?

Beginning on Jan. 23, one evening per week, either Wednesday or Thursday, a practitioner will be available for 15-minute individual sessions between 7 and 9 o'clock. Practitioners will be announced in advance, with schedules both printed in the GreenLeaf and posted in both stores. We recommend that you make an appointment ahead of time by calling the West-End store. Walk-ins are welcome during time slots when no pre-existing appointment exists.

We've got some great practitioners lined up! We're thrilled to be kicking off the program in January with Carrie Stearns, a practitioner of homeopathy, and Kash Iraggi, a certified aromatherapist.

Homeopathy originated in 1796 out of Samuel Hahnemann's doctrine that "like cures like." Hahnemann believed that the same substance creating symptoms of disease in a healthy person, taken in minute amounts, would cure those symptoms in a sick person. Homeopathy has been used to address many diseases and conditions, including allergies and upper respiratory tract infections, ankle sprains, bronchitis, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hay fever, influenza, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome, and rheumatic diseases.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from botanicals — flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots, or other parts of a plant — to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is believed to stimulate brain function. Aromatherapy is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement, and increased cognitive function.

If you want to know more about homeopathy or aromatherapy — how they work, how they're used to heal and to increase wellness, or how they might inform your own quest for better health — call GreenStar and sign up for your 15-minute session with Carrie or Kash. Take advantage of these evenings when The Practitioner Is In to get your questions answered, satisfy your curiosity, or seek out more options for particular health concerns.

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