About Me

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My name is Tania, (pronounced TAWN-yuh - pronouns: she/her) and I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist, Wellness Coach, Herbal Teacher, Writer, and Reiki Master.  On top of that, I create herbal remedies, aromatherapy jewelry, and even dabble in some pottery from time to time.
 
I grew up in the Ozarks of Central Missouri, to a family of farmers and a long line of herbal healers.  My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother have all been involved with herbal healing of the Ozark Mountain folk tradition, and have a knowledge of herbalism and plant medicine.  My work is part of the lineage that Ozark folk healers, yarb doctors and granny women have been doing for hundreds of years. 
 
I grew up playing in the woods and in our family named creek, Wright's Creek, outside of the tiny town of Tuscumbia, Missouri.  Our family used to operate and own the town's bank and owned various businesses in the town in the 1800s, so our roots run deep in the Ozarks.  Many of my herbal remedies are wildcrafted from this region, and from the prairie biome around Kansas City, Missouri.

 

I discovered aromatherapy and started using traditional western herbal medicine while trying to manage my own issues with chronic fatigue, depression, anemia, and asthma.  I found that the plants and herbs supported me, and I felt a (perhaps familial) calling to share that with other people.  I also felt that familiar presence of plant knowledge that so many herbalists speak of - that they are here to support us and teach us while we walk on this side of the earth.

 

I live outside Kansas City, Missouri, the ancestral land of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) Kaw (Kansa) and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux),

with my husband of many years, my fuzzy cat named Daisy, my herbal garden, my beautiful irises, (my favorite flower!) and my vegetable garden. I think about the land that I live on and the land of the native people who once lived here, and I have a deep respect for Native Americans.  I often wish that our desire to spread over the lands we now live on was in harmony with these people, and so I do as much as I can for Native American activism and support.

I am currently attending Herbal Academy through their Clinical Advanced Herbalism course,  finishing up my Yoga teacher training, completing my Vitalist Herbalist Clinical Program with the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, and finishing up the last parts of my Herbal Apprenticeship with Sacred Earth Arts.  I am a certified Aromatherapist and Herbalist.  

I teach herbalism and other sacred studies classes through both Sacred Earth Arts as well as Camp Wildling.  

I am a Plant Therapy essential oils affiliate, because they have natural, high quality essential oils, with a focus on proper  information from aromatherapists and sustainable farming methods - plus, free shipping and other great products!

If you have any questions about my education, background, or just want to chat - head on over to the Contact page!

What's In a Name?

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Many people ask me what the name "Ivory Isis" means or stands for.  For many years, it was my online nickname - I'm very fair-skinned, (one of my nicknames growing up was "Ghost") and my favorite goddess ever since I was a child (ask my Mom about my obsession with Ancient Egypt) was the Egyptian Goddess Isis.  

At first I used the image of Isis resurrecting her husband Osiris as a metaphor of bringing old jewelry back to life, since I ran the business as a jewelry designer for several years.  However - Isis has great qualities as a healer, and, in her winged form, may even be the inspiration behind the caduceus and Rod of Asclepius, which are both symbols of healers.  She was considered to be the first healer, and respected and revered as a goddess of healing - both emotional and physical.  Since she is my patron goddess and a healer, I think she is so very fitting to name my business after her.
 

Education and Certifications

  • Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin - Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, (+ additional courses in Agriculture, Horticulture, Nutrition, Web Design, and Marketing) Magna Cum Laude - 2011

  • Heart of Herbs Herbal School, Demetria Clark, Reidsville, North Carolina - Aromatherapist Certification - 2019 (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 250 hours)

  • The Bitter Herb Academy, Amber Robinson, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri - Herbalist Certification - 2020 (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 400 hours) Aromatic Distillation Certification, (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 100 hours) 2021; Herbal Remedies Certification, (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 100 hours) 2021; Wildcrafting and Foraging Medicinal Plants Certification, (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 100 hours) 2021

  • The Herbal Academy, Marlene Adelmann, Bedford, Massachusetts - Intermediate Herbal Course, (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 175  hours) 2020; Advanced Herbal Course (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 500 hours) In Progress; Becoming an Herbalist Course (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 15 hours) 2020; Making Herbal Preparations 101 (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 30 hours) - 2020; The Foraging Course (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 17 hours)- 2020; The Mushroom Course (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 30 hours)- 2021; The Botanical Skin Care Course (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 35 hours) - 2021; The Business Herbal Course - In Progress

  • Empathic Coaches Academy, Lara Guthrie, Birmingham, Alabama - Wellness Coach Certification, (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 100  hours) 2020

  • School of Evolutionary Herbalism, Sajah Popham, Deming, Washington - Elemental Herbalism, 2020; The Vitalist Clinical Herbal Practitioner Program - In Progress

  • At the Healing Place, Liberty, Missouri - Certified Reiki Master, (Usui Reiki Level I, II, and III courses) 2018 

  • Centre of Excellence Online​, London, UK - Certified Advanced Master Herbalist Diploma, 2018 (Didactic and Scientific Clinical, 150 hours)

  • Yoga and Ayurveda Center, Stephanie Ball-Mitchell, Bangor, PA - 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Certification (Yoga Alliance Certified) - In Progress

  • Embodied Yoga Principles, Mark Walsh, Bristol, United Kingdom - Embodied Yoga Principles Teacher Training - In Progress

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Additional Coursework, Apprenticeships, and           Mentorships:

  • For Strange Women, Jill McKeever, Kansas City, Missouri - Aromatic and Healing Tree Resins Workshop - 2018

  • Sacred Earth Arts, Regina Compernolle, Kansas City, Missouri - Herbal Apprenticeship and various herbal intensive classes: Making Herbal Salves, Culinary Herbs for Health, Healing Soups and Food, Infused Herbal Syrups, Vinegars, and Oils, Sisters of the Tarot Class, Aromatherapy and Incense Magick, Pottery and Design, Psychoactive and Euphoric Plants, Local Medicinal Plants, Herbs for Colds and Flu, Plant Shamanism & Herbal Alchemy Apprenticeship - 2019, 2020, & 2021

  • Herb Mentor by Learning Herbs - Various courses, 2020

  • The Herbarium by Herbal Academy - Various herbal intensive courses - 2020

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico -  Curanderismo: Traditional Healing Using Plants, Traditional Healing of the Body, Traditional Healing of the Mind, Energy, and Spirit, Global and Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing - 2019

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization - Intro to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices: Guided Imagery, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy - Clinical Use of Essential Oils, and Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare - 2020

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California - Stanford Introduction to Food and Health - 2020

  • Emory University, Oxford, Georgia - Weight Management: Beyond Balancing Calories - 2020

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut - Health Behavior Change: From Evidence to Action - 2020

  • Rowan + Sage, Sarah Corbett, Atlanta, Georgia - Seasonal Medicine Collective; various clinical herbalism intensives; and Heal Your Biz mentorship - 2020 & 2021

  • Kami McBride, Graton, California - Build Immunity and Reduce Stress with Herbal Oils workshop - 2020; Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils class - 2021

  • One Willow Apothecaries, Asia Suler, Weaverville, North Carolina - Herbs for the Otherworld - 2020; Herbs for Personal Power - 2020; Intuitive Plant Medicine - 2021

  • Cogence - Dr. Samuel F. Yanuck, Functional Immunology - 2020

  • Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC, Canada - Psychedelics for Herbalists - 2021; Herbal Medicine for Hormonal Health - 2021

  • Clara Bailey, Sydney, Australia - Moon School (Fertility Awareness and Cycle Balance), 2021

 

I think that education is very important, and I am always learning!  Of course - this doesn't even include my hours of study through books and on my own in the school of life.

I think it's important to be a lifelong learner, and to be curious about everything!  Currently, I have logged more than 2,000 hours of herbal and aromatherapy study.

Poppy