Welcome to Apothecary Salveo, a medical herbal clinic and true apothecary. Herbs are natures intended medicine for planet and earthlings. Where balance and holism are integral parts of the healing they offer.
Hi there, my name is Taylor Jeffery and I am a Phytotherapist, which means I work with medicinal plants to re-establish balance, health and over all wellness.
I attended Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia enrolled in their Diploma of Phytotherapy, graduating in 2015. This program is currently the most comprehensive Western herbal course offered across North America, requiring over 500 hours of clinical experience and a substantial focus to integrate with the current Western medical model. This course offers an exceptional education, and does so with a brilliant faculty that have several years of clinical practice and practical experience to share. In the end, this allows me to offer the highest of quality in plant-based healing.
Since I was a young boy, nature has been a part of my life. I am grateful to be in a field where this can continue to be involved, while also having the ability to benefit the patient.
My fascination and respect for nature has only grown stronger since I began learning about herbal medicine. I believe that the plant kingdom holds incredible wisdom to share with us; we only have to give it (and ourselves) enough time in order to hear the message. Plants have been around long before we have and have the potential to shift our relationship to the natural world in a positive manner, as long as we are prepared and willing to take part in that relationship.
Health, wellness and being in balance continues to be a large part of focus in my life. This constant effort ensures that not only myself, but also others may benefit from my interest and desire to achieve and maintain this balance. I feel that my approach to health is down to earth, logical and effective. These qualities, along with some effort on the patient’s behalf, have the ability to make long lasting changes in life, truly bringing one back into balance.
For me, herbalism is about truth. Our current health care system is sadly not a health care system at all, but rather a disease care system, as Roy Upton of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia has said. The fact that our medical system is one of the top polluting industries on the planet gives some insight into where our values lie. I ask you this, if the healthcare system is poisoning our planet, how is this health promoting, and furthermore how can we as a society work in this frame of mind without thinking about the health of the planet for future generations. Never has the following word seemed appropriate, but herbalism is righteous! When we can grow our own medicine, with sunshine, dirt and water as our laboratory there arises an inner truth for me, knowing this is right, and I hope it does for you as well.
- Taylor, your herbalist
Herbal Medicine – what is it?
Herbs are the oldest form of medicine known. The history of herbal medicine can be seen as far back as 30,000 years ago when Neanderthal’s teeth showed remnants of both chamomile and yarrow.* Plenty of information on the history of herbal medicine exists. A very well done short introduction created by Julia Behrens, a fellow Medical Herbalist, encapsulates this history quite effectively and enjoyably.
Plants have inhabited the earth long before we have. The wisdom they inherently hold is something to be respected and experienced.
Unfortunately, people often get used to feeling a certain way, which may in fact be imbalance. As time goes on, this imbalance becomes the new standard and we can forget what it felt like to be in a state of balance, not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The beauty of herbal medicine is that when taking a formula, the herbs help beyond just that dose. They can often ‘remind’ one’s body where balance is and through the course of treatment this new, centered and true balance becomes the new norm and one is in state of health previously forgotten.
There are many benefits to using herbal medicine, some of which lie outside of the patients own experience with them. The fact that herbal medicine requires an active engagement with the natural world offers to humanity an avenue of expression and care that is not just interacting with mother nature, but supporting the well being of the planet.
*Parker, Steve. Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine, 2013.
Benefit of Consultation
To put it simply, the consultation in Phytotherapy begins with listening. Listening to what the patient has to express both verbally and non-verbally. A consultation in and of itself can be powerfully therapeutic. It gives the patient and practitioner the chance to explore aspects of their physical, spiritual and emotional health, which can uncover areas previously not given much thought.
My approach is to be the person people can console in to discuss anything and everything. This can offer a sense of control over health concerns when discussed so openly, as this is empowering and supportive of the healing process.
The initial consultation is designed to get a blueprint of the patient’s state of overall health, and can take up to two hours. This gives enough time to delve into any past health concerns from childhood to present. It also offers enough time to get a sense of the patients initial conditions of the body, where weakness exists and focus is needed.
Follow Up Consultations
When ongoing care is necessary and appropriate, follow up consultations provide such care.
It is best to schedule follow up appointments every 4-8 weeks depending on the circumstances.
|Initial consult - Adult $85.00||$ 20.00 / 100ml tincture|
|Initial consult - Child $65.00||$ 85.00 / 500ml tincture|
|Follow up - Adult $50.00||$ 10.00 / 25ml cream|
|Follow up - Child $35.00||$ 20.00 / 50ml cream|
|Acute concerns* $20.00||$ 10-20*/ 100g dried herb|
|5+ min. phone call $15.00||$ 15-20*/ 100 capsules|
|*existing patients||*depending on herbs|
Please note 24 hours is required for cancellation of an appointment without charge.
Missed appointments will carry a charge of $50 + HST.