Greenland herbalist getting back into balance with botanicals
But it was not until she fell ill from black mold in an apartment in Vermont that she began to embrace how herbal remedies could heal all sorts of ailments.
After awhile, Bellantone said she was ready to come home.
In 2011, she returned to an upstairs apartment she had long adored in her family's home and started Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals. She is now also serving as an herbalist at The Herbal Path's new location on Woodbury Avenue in Portsmouth.
"It ended up translating perfectly well to being an herbalist," Bellantone said.
Bellantone now offers holistic wellness consultations, which she said is very similar to a transpersonal psychology counseling session.
Many of those tools are found in her own backyard.
She would like to specialize in helping families with children with an autism spectrum disorder or other special needs in the future, but for now business comes from those who stumble upon her at The Herbal Path or through her website and blog.
"Life is about change … so the form of herbalism I practice is about finding graceful ways to change with ease and if something is out of balance. It is about helping people get back in balance," Bellantone said. "I'm the guide. I really believe everyone is the hero on their own journey."
"I had just this great trust that this was what I was supposed to do, so I studied with the most amazing people," Bellantone said.
The dandelion is her favorite herb because of its scrappy nature and because it is so underappreciated.
"People come in and they know something is not optimal, but we are really used to toughing it out. We are Yankees, that's what we do," Bellantone said. "It also means we're frugal. We don't want to waste money on doctors and prescriptions if we can just be growing something."
For more information about Bellantone, her adventures and her botanicals, visit blackbirds-daughter.blogspot.com.
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