About Rosalee

My name is Rosalee de la Forȇt and I am a clinical herbalist and an herbal educator. My passion in life to to help people to transform their overall health so they can live a vibrant life. 

My Own Healing Journey
I have been interested in natural health my entire life. As a teenager I would prowl the natural health foods store and look up remedies in the Natural Prescription for Health book by Phyllis Balch. I think I was the only 16 year old in Utah who was regularly seeing alternative health practitioners and studying the benefits of herbs and vitamins!

When I was 23 I was “suddenly” taken ill. I spent an entire month in bed, tormented with musculoskeletal pain, an itchy body rash that came and went and a fever that spiked at night and went away during the day. I was finally hospitalized after becoming severely dehydrated and after two weeks was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Still’s. The doctors didn’t have good news. They gave me steroids and said it would be a slow and painful decline to an early death.

That was a really difficult time in my life. For about three days I just cried and cried and wondered, “why me?” But then, I did what I had always done and started researching alternative solutions to autoimmunity diseases to see what I could find.

Over time I began to see that there were lots of small signs leading up to my autoimmunity disease and my “healthy” soy vegetarian diet wasn’t serving me. I realized I needed a total health makeover to purge a lot of health fads from my life. I also assembled a team of people to help me, from acupuncturists to herbalists to NDs to massage therapists.

After six months of intensive work I became symptom free from this “terminal” and “incurable” disease and I have continued to live symptom free for almost ten years!

My experience with autoimmunity further inspired me to delve into the natural health world. I became intensely dedicated to helping people like me: people who needed to find the root cause of their health problems and transform their lives to be healthy.

I thought about being a naturopath but I didn’t want to focus on supplements or any type of one-size-fits-all medicine (similar to allopathy). I thought about becoming an acupuncturist but I knew that in China the major form of medicine was the plants. So, I decided to study the art of herbalism.

My Training and Experience
I have over 8 years of training as an herbalist from ethnobotany and wildcrafting to clinical herbalism. I’ve graduated from the East West School of Herbology and have been mentored by some of the most outstanding herbalists of our time including Michael TierraPaul Bergner and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa. 

I am a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. RH (AHG)

I have worked with people to solve their health problems in my clinical practice for five years. I work with people locally and internationally for long distance consultations via the telephone and Skype.

I am very dedicated to herbal education. I am the Education Director for LearningHerbs.com, which is one of the most innovative herbal companies that exists today. I regularly provide how-to articles, herbal recipes, videos and herbal presentations for their website HerbMentor.com.

I also have a mentorship program where I mentor dedicated herbal students to help them accelerate their herbal path so they can create their own thriving clinical practice.

I often teach across the country at herbal conferences and will be hosting a week long Herbal Intensive in Provence, France in 2014. 

This website, MethowValleyHerbs.com is for people who want to learn about herbalism. 

My other popular site, HerbalRemediesAdvice.org, is for people who want to overcome chronic disease using natural solutions. 

Rosalee de la Foret, RH (AHG)

East West School of Herbology
E.W.C.H. Degree
Santa Cruz, CA
December 2008 - May 2011

International Integrative Educational Institute
Clinical Herbalism with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Seattle, WA
January 2010 - June 2010
Certificate (400 hours)

Institute of Structural Medicine
Twisp, WA
September 2006 - February 2010
Structural Medicine Specialist (2,000 hours)
Licensed Massage Therapist

Earthwalk Northwest
Primitive Skills and Ethnobotany Apprenticeship

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, Oregon
September 1999 - 2003
BA in Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)

Current Callings

Education Director at LearningHerbs.com 
(Provide educational articles, videos and keynote presentations, moderate the forums)
December 2007 - present

Clinical Herbalist - Private practice
January 2006 - present

Structural Medicine Specialist - private practice
September 2007 - 2012

Director of Student Affairs at the Institute of Structural Medicine
September 2007 - 2012

Educational presentations by Rosalee

Taste of Herbs Course (five month online course) 
Produced by LearningHerbs.com 
Started enrolling October 2013

Authentic Online Marketing for Herbalists
American Herbalist Guild Symposium, November 2013

Taste of Herbs
Understanding Herbal Actions
International Herb Symposium, June 2013

Faculty Instructor for IIEI (Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa's School)
October 2012

How to Start Your Own Community Supported Clinic
Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, September 2012

Taste of Herbs, Gifts of Plants, Plant Walk
Montana Herb Gathering 2012

Faculty Instructor for IIEI (Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa's School)
April 2012

Whooping Cough Webinar: Presented with Michael Tierra 
April 2012

Herbs for Children: Cold and Flu Webinar presented with Michael Tierra
November 2011

Yin Deficiency for Western Herbalists
Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, September 2011

Bitter Herbal Medicine Webinar presented with Michael Tierra
March 2011

Pungent Herbal Medicine Webinar presented with Michael Tierra
February 2011

Sweet Herbal Medicine Webinar presented with Michael Tierra
December 2010

Taste of Herbs Webinar presented with Michael Tierra
October 2010

Taste of Herbs, External Application of Herbs, Herbal Syrups, Plant Walks (2)
Saskatoon Primitive Skills Gathering, September 2010

Gift of Herbs: The ethnobotanical utilitarian use of herbs
Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, September 2010

Taste of Herbs, Edible Plant Walk
Earthwalk Northwest Gathering, August 2010

Native Plant Walk
Washington Native Plant Society, Twisp WA, May 2010

Way of the Herbal Ninja Webinar presented with John Gallagher
April 2010

Herbal Remedies for Colds and the Flu Part 1: Prevention, at the first sign
Twisp, WA, September 2009

Herbal Remedies for Colds and the Flu Part 2: Sore throat, cough, congestion
Twisp, WA, September 2009

Herbal Remedies for Colds and the Flu Part 3: Fever, Cold Sores and Recovery
Twisp, WA, October 2009

Herbal Remedies for Colds and the Flu
Earthwalk Northwest Gathering, August 2009

Herbal Remedies for Colds and the Flu, Making Herbal Salves, Making Herbal Tinctures
Saskatoon Primitive Skills Gathering, September 2009

All about Rosehips
Twisp, WA December 2008

Wild Weeds Walk and food preparation
Twisp, WA May 2008

Herbal Gifts
Twisp, WA November 2007

Herbal Gifts
Earthwalk Northwest Gathering, August 2005

Articles written
I’ve written numerous articles and keynote presentations in the field of herbalism. Here is a representative list of these publications. 

Herbs In Practice: Clinical Training Course for Herbalists
HerbMentor.com 2013

Learning Your Plants: Botany for Herbalists Course
HerbMentor.com 2011

Everybody Hurts: Pain differentials
Plant Healer Magazine, March 2011

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Through the Seasons
Plant Healer Magazine, December 2010

Numerous Plant Monographs including, Astragalus, Turmeric, Echinacea, Peppermint, Medicinal Mushrooms, Holy Basil, Hawthorne, Violet, Marshmallow, Sage, Ginger, Valerian, Cinnamon, Rose, Yarrow, etc

Herbal Glossary Series: An in-depth look at herbal actions (Audio and visual presentation)
Anatomy and Physiology for Herbalists: A western medicine view of organ systems for the herbalist

Wildcrafting: A six part series on the ethical and sustainable methods of harvesting plants

The Importance of Digestion: An energetic approach

What’s Chemistry Got to do With It? The Chemistry Involved in Herbal Medicine


Herbal Remedies for Whooping Cough
Bitter Herbal Medicine: Eliminating and draining using detoxifying herbal materia medica
Pungent Herbal Medicine: Spicing it up with our warming and drying herbal materia medica
Sweet Herbal Medicine: Therapeutic applications of sweet herbs and foods including many recipes
Herbal Gifts: 25 herbal preparations as gifts
Gifts of Plants: An ethnobotanical exploration of utilitarian uses of plants
Way of the Herbal Ninja: Using 17 herbs you already have in the kitchen
Healing Herbs ebook: Simple ways to use 23 different herbs
Herbal Remedies for the Cold and Flu
Nourishing Herbal Infusions: Our superfood

Continuing Education

Mentorship with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa as put forth by the American Herbalist Guild
September 2010 - present

Understanding Chemical Constituents with Lisa Ganora
Sylvan Botanical Institute 2013

Cardiology Series
Sylvan Botanical Institute 2012

Ten Tastes course with David Winston 2010

Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, New Mexico September 2010, 2011, 2012

Northwest Herb Fest, Eugene, OR July 2010

Face and Body Reading, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Seattle, WA July 2010
NAIMH Audio CD Sets (all)

Northwest Herb Fest, Eugene OR July 2009

Rainforest Retreat with Paul Bergner, Oregon, July 2009

Northwest Herb Fest, Eugene OR July 2008

American Herbalist Guild Symposium, Redmond WA, October 2008

Northwest Herbal Faire, Bellingham WA, August 2005

Professional Affiliations

American Herbalist Guild (Since 2008)
ABMP (since 2007)
American Botanical Council
United Plant Savers