My name is Rosalee de la Forȇt and I am a clinical herbalist and Structural Medicine Specialist. I work with people to transform their overall health so they can live a vibrant life.
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 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.
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 important herbalists of our time including Michael Tierra, Paul Bergner and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
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.
I am also very dedicated to herbal education. For the past five years I have been an herbal consultant to LearningHerbs.com, which is one of the most innovative herbal companies that exists today, and I am now the Education Director there. 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 and to help them create their own thriving clinical practice.
I often teach across the country at herbal conferences, frequently teach webinars alongside Michael Tierra, and I am faculty at the International Integrative Education Institute, which is owned by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa (president of the American Herbalist Guild).
Vibrant health is our birth right, but it can be overwhelming to paddle through the plethora of information available to us today. I would love to guide you towards vibrant health by finding solutions unique to who you are!