celia-camera-reflectionWhy Dandelion Revolution?

Dandelion Revolution describes both the enduring and tenacious nature of the dandelion as well as the potential for our culture to turn around, or revolve, our view of health and well-being. Sociopolitical, economic and intellectual paradigms will shift as more and more people start to use the healing potential that lies in their own backyards and reclaim the inherent knowledge about healing plants humans and other animals have understood since our beginnings.

People are rediscovering plant medicine and other health-maintaining practices in different manners. No matter how different our personal experiences and philosophies may be, many of us are being lead us to seek action to change how we care for ourselves.

Why Use Herbs?

Herbal medicine is not simply a natural version of pharmaceuticals. We can use herbs the same way we use a healthful diet, to nourish us, give us energy, keep us strong and vital, as well as assist our body in healing from symptoms and to help us relax our minds and bodies.

Let’s remember the root of botanical medicine is, of course, the plants. Within their stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and roots are held chemicals and energies that help them adapt to their environments, defend against disease and predators, and allow them to gracefully flower and spread in every nook, cranny and ecosystem of the planet. Humans (like other animals), through our senses have and will continue to graciously borrow the healing and nourishing life force of plants as food and medicine.

About Me

My name is Celia and I am a board-certified herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and birth doula.

What can I say; I love all things herbal! Since I was a little kid I have adored plants and been interested in the body and how it works.

My first dabbles in herbal medicine was playing medicine woman in the woods by my house as a child. I would draw maps of the plants I found there and what they could be used for. I distinctly remember a patch of tiger lilies making bandages for my friends pretend broken bones.

I have been studying herbalism since 2002. At that time I lost my health insurance and was led to try other ways to maintain health. Since then I have worked at acupuncturist-owned herb shops in my home towns of Taylors Falls, MN/St. Croix Falls, WI, enjoyed an internship at Sage Mountain, an herbal retreat and botanical sanctuary in Vermont in 2007 and attended many botanical medicine conferences.

In 2008, I started to lead study groups, herb walks and classes and make herbal products for my community in Northern Minnesota. You can check out Kyra Botanica, my line of herbal teas and body care products on Etsy. (*Update: I’m still on maternity leave from Etsy as of June 2015)

In addition to loving plants, I also appreciate working with the body and am incredibly pleased to add acupuncture and Shiatsu to my tool box. I graduated from Chinese medicine school in 2013 and practice East Asian medicine along with Western herbalism in Southeast Portland.


  1. Hi Dandelion Revolution, (love the name!)

    My name is Eric Hollander and I am an Acupuncturist in San Diego. I’ve been reading your site and I really like it. I was wondering if it would be possible that you could add my site to the blogroll section of your site?

    I would like to add your site to my blogroll so that my readers can find your site as well. What would you like the anchor text to say?

    Here is my link, if your interested:

    San Diego Acupuncture

    Let me know what you would like your link to say.

    Thanks so much and keep up the good work,

    Eric Hollander
    Hollander Acupuncture

  2. tammy says

    This blog flew into my day like a fresh breeze! I am a student of herbalism and your blog seems like a really cool way of writing out ideas and inquiries… and meeting other herbalists.

    I also love the concepts of a CSH, the study group and the CSH share!!! I love it because these groups keep herbalism down to earth, accessible, or as you say, “innately available.” I wonder if something similar could start up where I am living. hmmm…

  3. Jenn Jett Elton says

    Hello! I am also a student of herbal medicine, in addition to being a nurse that works with underserved, impoverished populations with little access to health care.
    I just stumbled onto your blog via the directions for a cold infusion.
    I am doing an online herbal medicine program, but this information is down-to-earth, real-life, and makes me excited about the community of herb nerds that I am slowly joining.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for what you’re putting out into the world!

  4. Alicia Rose says

    Celia is there a herb for an abscess tooth? Thanks.

  5. celia says

    Hmm…I am sure there are, but it would depend on the signs of how it was presenting. I love myrrh and Oregon grape for gums and teeth, but haven’t used it for an abscess. Good luck!

  6. Zara says

    Dear Celia,

    Firstly, thank you so much for this gorgeous website – Your writing truly expresses your passion for plants and herbal medicine.. it is quite profound. So nice to read!

    I am beginning my final year of Chinese Medicine in Melbourne, Australia. I will be going to China in July of next year and then plan to travel for some time after.

    My travels will basically involve me exploring nature in all its forms, aiming to connect with many streams of plant based medicine.

    I am so excited, and while it is still a while away I am beginning to collect ideas of places I may like to visit and thought you would be perfect to ask for inspiration…

    Is there was anywhere in the world that you would like explore to deepen your insight into natural medicine? Whether it be a short herbal course somewhere in Europe, to witnessing beautiful species of plants in some other far off corner of the world..

    With thanks,

  7. I have been visiting your site and I came upon this article –
    I am studying to be an herbalist and have some feedback about medicinal uses of Ginger. I was wondering if this contact form is the best way to forward you a couple of suggestions?


    Stephanie Gillespie

  8. I love this blog so much! I am so deeply happy I discovered it today during my endometriosis and chinese medicine research! I was from Portland once. I would like to be both a Chinese herbalist *and* a doula someday. Celia, I hope we become great friends. Ineffably yours, Sage Summerlin.

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