Wild Woman Herbalist.

I’m a wild woman herbalist, passionate about the intersection of nature, recovery and empowerment. Plant medicine, self-care, good nutrition and a healthy dose of humor were integral to my healing journey. My mission now is to support YOU as you heal your body, mind and soul.

I am honored to be part of an incredible lineage of teachers both in the Western and Maya traditions.

I am officially certified as a Clinical Herbalist and Women’s Ethnobotanist from the Artemisia and Rue School of Herbal Studies.

I am also an Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach and Flower Essence Therapist.

I have been studying plants since I was a kid.

I’ve apprenticed with healers and herbalists in Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Crested Butte.

I’ve taken courses in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition.

I am certified in Reiki, BARS and as a Radiant Tribe Facilitator.

I spend my free time outside, I hug trees and I laugh a lot.

It has taken me years to get here.

Big and small traumas numbed me and convinced me the only way to survive was to buy into what society told me about women, worthiness and success.

I spent 10 years weaving an illusion of perfection around myself until I no longer associated with the woman I saw in the mirror.

In college, I confronted the truth I’d been hiding from for years — I had an eating disorder that I wasn’t capable of healing on my own.

I knew the truth, but that didn’t mean I was ready to change.

Or, that I knew where to start.

I spend my free time outside, I hug trees and I laugh a lot.

It has taken me years to get here.

Big and small traumas numbed me and convinced me the only way to survive was to buy into what society told me about women, worthiness and success.

I spent 10 years weaving an illusion of perfection around myself until I no longer associated with the woman I saw in the mirror.

In college, I confronted the truth I’d been hiding from for years — I had an eating disorder that I wasn’t capable of healing on my own.

I knew the truth, but that didn’t mean I was ready to change.

Or, that I knew where to start.

I thought I was too broken to heal.

My years-long battle with my body, drugs and alcohol abuse left me shaken and scared.

I didn’t recognize myself.

I felt ashamed and betrayed by my own mind.

I felt I’d lost some essential “Erin-ness” and would never regain the confidence and self-trust I once had.

I feared that I had done irreversible damage to my body.

I felt isolated and alone.

I sought help countless times, and I was met with conflicting messages about what was “good for me,” or “essential to recovery.”

I visited psychiatrists who disempowered me, labeled me and prescribed pills that fed my addictions. I tried to run away from my problems and traveled all over the world looking for something (or someone) to make me whole.

Eventually, I realized the only way forward was to confront my shadow, reconnect with my inner child and seek help through something other than pharmaceuticals and western medicine.

Healing…

And so, I began a process of healing that would take me from New Zealand to Germany, to Crested Butte and eventually, back to Denver.

I learned to laugh at my disorders, addictions and fears.

I began to understand how pharmaceuticals were harming me more than they helped.

I spent a lot of time searching, more time crying and even more time sitting in circle with medicine men and women who taught me how to connect with plants, flowers and my own intuition so I could heal myself.

Slowly, over the course of six years and many, many iterations of recovery, relapse and treatment, I finally found a way out of the mental space and self-sabotaging patterns that were robbing me of my vitality and joy.

Ortiga Herbs

Ortiga Herbs is the culmination of the lessons I’ve learned and continue learning on my journey through the nettle patch. Now I work with women who are learning to step back into their power and heal their relationship to their bodies, minds and souls just like I did.

Vibrant health is about the small and sometimes sideways steps that bring you to a space of grounded awareness.

For myself, I found there was more to wellness than just learning to eat — I had to learn how to live.

You are more than the illnesses that trouble you or the disorders with which you have been labeled. You are capable of finding solutions within yourself for health. You are an infinite, joyful being!

I look forward to working with you to realize your fullest, healthiest and happiest self-expression.

“I’ve struggled with depression for a good portion of my life. After years of taking medications I found that I was simply masking my depression and the second I stopped taking my meds I was immediately back to square one. Erin has allowed me to take an approach that feels more true to myself and actually get to the root cause of my depression. Through both herbal medicine and adjustments to my diet, I have been able to take hold of my depression in a way that I have never been able to before. Erin’s knowledge of herbal medicine is boundless and she has been amazing in working to get me on a positive path in my life.” — BEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE

“It has been a couple years since I’ve seen my hands approach normalcy. Erin’s Skin and Liver Detox tincture, combined with some smarter choices in diet, has significantly alleviated my dis-hydrotic eczema. Gone now are the cycles of blindingly itchy warts, the cracks and fissures, and the perpetual dryness; gone are the reptilian claws which had once occupied the ends of my forearms. I was surprised at the vast—and fast—improvement. It has brought both physical and mental relief, having healed the tools most used and most important to me, my hands. Erin’s care and her ability to connect and apply her knowledge to my specific needs makes it especially wonderful and satisfying to work with her. Thank you!” — HIEN, CONNECTICUT