- 1.0 general CE
Maria Noël Groves, RH
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, nestled in the pine forests of central New Hampshire. With 25 years of experience, her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. Maria is the author of the award-
winning, best-selling Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care (a core textbook in schools across the country) and Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. She writes for various national publications and is a guest educator at the Herbal Academy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, International Herb Symposium, and the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a registered professional herbalist with the
American Herbalists Guild, trained as a western clinical herbalist by the Southwest School of Botanicals Medicine (Michael Moore) and Sage Mountain (Rosemary Gladstar). Learn more at WintergreenBotanicals.com.
Studies estimate that 88 percent of American adults do not have optimal cardiometabolic health. Both subclinical and overt blood sugar instability can affect not only labs, cholesterol, and weight but also inflammatory status, COVID risk and outcomes, fatigue, brain fog, cognitive decline, cancer risk, reproductive hormone balance, and more. Although diet and lifestyle remain the most important facets of blood sugar management protocols – and medications may also be necessary – herbs can also be helpful, targeted allies to support people with subclinical hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, pre- diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Herbs to be discussed include bitters (including artichoke and barberry), soluble fiber (including prickly pear cactus), holy basil (often paired with green tea or lemon balm), fenugreek, gymnema, cinnamon, blueberry/Vacccinium spp. leaf and fruit, and nigella/black seed. Each herbal discussion draw from clinical scientific evidence as well as personal clinical experience and pearls. We will key on differentials based on underlying factors, side benefits, cautions, and likely mechanism(s) of action for each herb. We will also discuss general dosage, timing, important cautions, considerations when introducing hypoglycemic herbs, particularly in clients who are taking blood sugar medications or have more overt blood sugar instability.