By Sarah Fiorello

portrait of Shereel Washington

“Shereel Washington graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies, Forestville, CA in the Community Herbalist Program as a Clinical Herbalist, as well as certificates in Body Systems, and Herbal Crafting. She has completed over 1200 hours of herbal craft making training.”

image of botanical products lined up on a table

“As a herbal health, healing and nutrition practitioner and consultant, Shereel serves diverse ethnic communities in promoting natural health care and wellness through plant medicine.” By highlighting herbalism as a persisting tool for survival and of resistance, she preserves the significance of gardening and foraging practices to the collective agency and holistic healing of Black people. “As an advocate of global cultural herbal traditions, Shereel is passionate about preserving the history, knowledge and expansion of the current practice of Black North American Herbalism.”

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