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The Heidi B Show

Jan 21, 2021

All About Herbs with Amanda Furbee

We deal with all sorts of ailments in life, may it be mental or physical. From anxiety to menstrual pain, there are a multitude of health problems we can experience throughout our life. Taking medicine every time is a bother, but what if you can use all-natural remedies?

In this episode, Amanda Furbee joins us to discuss all things herbal. She talks about herbalism and her journey to become an herbalist. Further, she helps us identify which herbs are useful for certain ailments. Amanda also shares some tips on how we can improve ourselves.

If you want to learn about an alternative to treating your ailments, then tune in to this episode!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Gain insight from Amanda’s story on why she shifted from a career in design to becoming an herbalist.
  2. Learn about herbs and what herbalism means.
  3. Discover the best herbal remedies for anxiety, PMS, and more.


Episode Highlights

Amanda’s Journey

  • Amanda’s journey with herbs started 10 years ago when she stumbled upon a little herb shop in Ruidoso, New Mexico. 
  • She was feeling anxious, and they gave her passionflower. It worked well for her and changed her life.
  • She had a vision that she needed to open a wellness property and know more about herbs. This started her deep dive into herbal medicine.
  • Her family thought she was crazy to ditch her designing career.
  • Amanda reached out to the herb shop owner to ask questions and soon found herself working there.

How to Become an Herbalist

  • The Herb Shoppe has a 12-week internship program, where you learn to understand the body and how herbs help with it.
  • The majority of her beginning education was working in the shop and talking to the other employees.
  • She also took an herbal certification course, attended conferences with teachers from the herbal field, and started volunteering to help organize them.

The Herbal Experience

  • According to Amanda, it’s a lifestyle.
  • She fell in love with making the products since she enjoys crafting things.
  • Every person that comes through the shop door has something going on, and she learns from each of their experiences.
  • Oftentimes, the food we eat is the biggest culprit for most of the ailments we have.
  • They look at that organ connected to your pain and figure out the right herb to relieve or nourish it.

Western Medicine vs. Herbalism

  • There’s a time and place for both.
  • We can manage our day-to-day lifestyle through good nutrition and herbs, but there will be times when you need to go to the hospital instead.

Herbal Remedies for Ailments

  • To treat anxiety and the nervous system in general, you can choose from nervine herbs like passionflower, lemon balm, and chamomile.
  • You can also choose what form to consume herbs in. There are tincture and capsule forms, along with tea blends.
  • Gotu kola, ginkgo biloba, Bacopa monniera, and rosemary are some of the common herbs you can take to help you stay focused.
  • For those struggling with PMS, uterine herbs like raspberry, blackberry, vitex, dong quai, and motherwort can help.
  • Herb recommendations for postpartum healing are calendula, St John’s, rose, lavender, and holy basil.

What Is an Adaptogen?

  • An adaptogen is an herb that works on the adrenal system.
  • It helps bring balance to the body.
  • In Amanda’s personal experience, it has helped her get through the hardest times of her life. She still takes it regularly.

Getting into Herbalism

  • Amanda advises starting with one herb so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s not something you learn overnight; it’s a life journey.
  • Even though she’s been doing it for 10 years, she still feels like she’s constantly learning, adapting, and evolving.
  • At her shop, they encourage doing a 30-minute meditation, where you pick a plant, sit with it, maybe drink it as a tea, try it as a tincture, look at it as an essential oil, or go for it as a flower essence.
  • There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet. Amanda’s rule of thumb is to see if three different sources say the same thing.
  •  You can also get a mentor or connect with an herbalist, and find out what facet of herbalism calls you.

Amanda’s Daily Non-Negotiables and Advice

  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • Constant communication is important in any relationship.
  • Set aside a time for yourself everyday.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Don’t forget to breathe.

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

“I think everybody should dive into whatever it is they want to do. That’s what makes it fun—part of it is your passion in what you’re doing.”

“We come from a culture where the medicine that we have been educated on is a band-aid. But for herbalism, the biggest difference is that we’re going to do, ‘All right, why do you have that pain? What are you eating?’”

“It is a lot to take on a business, but it is also reminding yourself to be gentle with yourself. If you need a couple of days off, then you take a couple of days off.”

“With any relationship, if you don’t have that constant communication and open door, then what are you doing?”

“The bottom line is, we have to take care of ourselves… We have to do that or else everything is not going to fall into alignment.”

About Amanda

Amanda Furbee is the owner of The Herb Shoppe LLC, a health, wellness, and fitness company. Their mission is to provide quality herbal medicine to the community. They are also dedicated to educating people about herbal medicine through affordable courses and practitioner services.

If you want to learn more, you can visit their shop in Portland, head to their website, or reach out on Instagram or Facebook.

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Heidi B