Breathing Better: Asthma and Respiratory Health with Emily Ruff (Clinical Herbal Series)


Our respiratory system is in constant relationship with our environment, receiving vital oxygen while protecting us from the extensive volume of pathogens and environmental particles that may be inhaled along the way. Respiratory health can be supported with exercises, nutrition, and herbs, addressing common lung issues while improving overall vitality.

This program will not cover basic herbal medicine making and assumes students have completed a beginner level of herbal education.

All registrants will receive the course recording and handouts, with access to materials for one year.

Tuition: $35

Platform: Stream online

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This single class is a part of an eight-part series for intermediate and advanced herbalists, explore common health conditions and how to develop a comprehensive herbal protocol for yourself, your family, and your clients in this  workshop series. Take each class a la carte or enjoy a discount and 16 continuing education credits when you purchase the full series HERE.


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Purchase the full series, Clinical Herbal Considerations for Common Health Conditions: An Eight Week Herbal Protocol Workshop Series with Emily Ruff and Maggie O’Halloran. *CEUs are only available by registering for the full series. Sign up for the full series and receive access to all 8 classes as well as follow-up materials which can be completed to earn the 16 CEUs offered.

Topics include:

  •  Overcoming Inflammation
    Acute and chronic inflammation contributes to a myriad of common health conditions afflicting many of our loved ones. As a basis for understanding protocol for other common health conditions, we will review how inflammation works in the body, how to mitigate it with diet and lifestyle, and herbal protocol to reduce chronic inflammation and its effects.
  •  Healing Musculoskeletal Injury
    Our skeleton holds our shape but it’s our muscles that make us dance. In this class, we will explore the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, discuss potential injury, and how Maggie has used this information to recover. Whether it’s recovery from a long hike or more acute from straining in your garden you will take away practical information to feel better. As a marathon runner, Maggie learned the value of nutrients when she experienced a stress fracture, as a yoga practitioner the importance of form with a back injury, as an herbalist she will share her experiences in recovery and body support practices.
 Supporting Immune Function
    In the age of global pandemic, environmental pollution, societal stress and chronic illness, it is more relevant than ever to learn practical tools to support immune function. This workshop will cover basic understanding of immune health and protocol to support its optimal function as part of a comprehensive wellness plan.
 Herbs for Cardiovascular Health
    Cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease – some of the most common chronic illnesses of our modern time are touching great numbers of our family and friends. Discover the roots of these common diseases and protocol to bring balance to the heart.
 Breathing Better: Asthma & Respiratory Health
    Our respiratory system is in constant relationship with our environment, receiving vital oxygen while protecting us from the extensive volume of pathogens and environmental particles that may be inhaled along the way. Respiratory health can be supported with exercises, nutrition, and herbs, addressing common lung issues while improving overall vitality.
 Skin Support: Eczema and Psoriasis
    Eczema and psoriasis can create persistent frustration and embarrassment, not to mention discomfort. Learn internal and external approaches to relieve these skin concerns.
  •  Understanding Uterine Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts
    Up to 80% of people with a uterus experience uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts. This incredibly common condition can contribute to cramps, irregular cycles, pain, and other menstrual concerns. Learn more about the root of these issues and strategies to address them.
 HPV: Demystifying the Common Cold of the Cervix
    Every day millions of people are diagnosed with an abnormal pap smear, HPV, or both. Over 50% of the global population has HPV, with over 20 strains of the virus. Some can cause considerable concerns, and others tend to resolve on their own. Demystify this common viral infection, learn about the grades of abnormal cells, as well as nutritional and herbal protocol to address this virus

This course covers physiology, pathology, and herbal protocol for each of these common conditions, along with considerations for how to individualize a formula for each client’s unique needs.

Please review this link for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.

Your Instructor:

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Emily Ruff, Executive Director, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a tobacco farmer turned urban gardener, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor. Her journey into herbalism continued through apprenticeships in Guatemala under the tutelage of local healers on the southern coast of Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Vermont at the feet of Rosemary Gladstar, and in the Central Florida apothecary Leaves & Roots with herbalists Carolyn Whitford and George D’Arcy. Emily’s academic studies include Ethnobotany, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida and Curanderismo with the University of New Mexico. She is a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.

Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to become active in the organization United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event that continues to sell out annually. In past years, she served multiple terms as president of the Herb Society of Central Florida and as co-founder of Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. Most recently, in response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Emily founded the Orlando Grief Care Project. From the community relationships cultivated through the national response to this tragedy, Emily formed the Herbal Action Network to continue weaving the web of compassionate herbalism into community engagement. Emily is an instructor in the Herbal Academy Advanced Herbal Training Course. Sharing her time between Florida and Vermont, she currently serves as director of the Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary.

Emily’s classes have been described as “heart-filled,” “enriching,” and “empowering,” creating a bridge between the teachings of our ancestors and the technologies of our modern world. Emily can be found in joy cooking, practicing yoga, writing, photographing flora, creating music with family and friends, and digging her fingers in the dirt. The plants continue to be her greatest teachers.

See Emily’s classes at this link.

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