Louise de Marillac, also Louise Le Gras (1591-1660)
Nurse Herbalist and Founder of the Daughters of Charity, and a venerated saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
"Let thy food be medicine and medicine be thy food."
~ Hippocrates (400 BC)
Meet Your Instructor
MPH-CR, BA, BSN, RN, LMT, RH (AHG), RAH, RAFNC, RIAD, LLLT
Committed to revitalizing Nurse Herbalism, Karen established the Nurse Herbalist TM and CNHR designations.
Karen's diverse background contributes to her expertise in the field of Nursing and Herbalism.
Growing up with a rich history in Traditional and Native American herbalism, Karen experienced her mother's deep ancestral knowledge proficiently in treating childhood illnesses.
As a child, the first book Karen purchased was "Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss, and at age 17 she took a one-year correspondence course, earning a diploma as a Chartered Herbalist.
During her college years, she entered the medical field moving away from her rich family heritage in indigenous plant remedies, immersing herself in allopathic medicine and clinical research, believing the two were mutually exclusive.
She worked for many years as a nurse clinical research coordinator at Albert Einstein Medical Center, conducting multi-centered clinical trials in RNA-mediated viruses focusing on Hepatitis C, with her research published in the "Journal of Hepatology" and the "American Journal of Gastroenterology". She was recruited out of clinical research to the pharmaceutical industry working for several companies in various positions. Teaching topics such as natural history and epidemiology, giving presentations on Hepatitis C to physicians, nurses, community district health centers, medical Staff at Trenton State prison, the American Liver Foundation, and the broader community.
Realizing the need within the communities for natural and holistic therapies, Karen began utilizing her knowledge of botanical therapies and began doing independent research, discovering the long-standing history of nurses who utilized plant therapies for the comfort and care of their families, communities, and clients.
Karen worked and mentored alongside Dr. Stanley Finkelstein MD, DC, L.Ac., D.A.O.M, ABOIM, in an integrative pain practice - conducting initial interviews, physical assessments, holistic patient education, and recommendations for botanical therapies.
Karen continued her education at The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, completing an intensive 1,600-hour clinical herbalist program, and graduating as a Certified Advanced Clinical Herbalist.
Her philosophy is that diet, nutrition, and plant remedies have always been a routine part of traditional nursing care, and she seeks to empower and return nursing to its roots of partnering with plants as a part of nursing care.
The integration of science, holistic nursing, lifestyle, and stress management, nutrition, and traditional herbal therapies is foundational to Karen’s approach to care.
Karen dedicated herself to the education of herbalism within nursing and seeks to bridge the gap between the two.
Karen Bond holds a
MPH-CR Master of Public Health - Clinical Research
RH (AHG) Registered Herbalist - American Herbalist Guild
RAH - Registered Ayurvedic Herbalist
RAFNC - Registered Ayurvedic Food and Nutrition Consultant
RIAD - Registered Integrative Ayurvedic Doctor
LLLT - Low-Level Laser Light Therapist
She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, the American Herbalist Guild, and the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America.