My name is Lorien. Named for the enchanted forest of the elves, I am a twin, a libra, a nurturer, and a hopeful optimist. I believe in the beauty and wonder of this world and stand in awe of all the earth offers us. I have great respect for our power to change and ability to take control of our own lives. It isn’t always easy, but we are stronger and more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.
As a Social Worker, I’ve spent years working with children and families struggling to make ends meet. I understand how stressful and hectic life can be, and how difficult it can be to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. I’ve also seen first hand how much time and money is wasted on pills, doctor’s visits, sick days taken from work…and how much can be saved through prevention. Even small changes in diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference in your wellbeing.
While I’ve always been interested in nature and all it has to offer, I developed a true appreciation for the power of herbs when I was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. My host mother had a thriving garden full of useful herbs, and she shared her expertise and knowledge freely. In a country where resources are scarce, and a doctor’s visit means an hour on the bus and hours waiting in line, I learned the practical value of herbal preparations.
Herbs work in tune with your body and offer so much more than simply pain relief or an energy boost. As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I am committed to educating people about the physical and psychological benefits that herbs offer.
I’ve always been a healthy person – involved in sports, exercise, outdoor activities… I even became a vegetarian when I was 13…unfortunately I had no idea how to be a ‘healthy’ vegetarian. That came in time, through the guidance of others, educating myself, and listening to my body. I learned that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition and wellness. We’re all unique. We all have different needs. An exercise program or diet that works wonders for one person may be harmful for another. That’s why it’s so important to listen to our bodies.
I am thankful to feel happier and healthier now than I ever thought possible. It has been incredibly empowering to take control of my own health and happiness using natural and herbal methods. My goal is to provide support and guidance to individuals who are interested in doing the same.
Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Group Exercise Instructor (2017)
Natural Healing College of California, Holistic Health Practitioner (2016)
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Master of Social Work (2003)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bachelor of Science in Social Work (1999)