Brunem is incredibly knowledgable, kind, and understanding. They listen and provide support in a nonjudgmental way, and I love that they are sex-worker and queer friendly. There is great value in the emotional labor Brunem provides: they hold space, take great notes, help me recap, and are never preachy. Then, of course, there's value in the medicines, which always seem to run alongside the emotional labor they have provided. The tinctures are tasty, gentle, and perfectly tailored, and I've formed a simple ritual around taking them multiple times a day. I take the tinctures alongside pharmaceutical medications, which they also support. Brunem is aware of the powers of herbal remedies, but they also understand their scope. They have always been supportive of me getting all the care that I need. I've also enjoyed the teas as well, which are delicious and grounding, and a great alternative to alcohol. I am also impressed with Brunem's organization and timeliness. Ultimately, it is wonderful having them as an ally and a medicine-maker.
I came to Brunem looking for herbal support during a really difficult time in my life: I was grieving the death of my dad and experiencing profound burnout at work and for months had been feeling my entire system in a kind of free fall. I was struggling with low energy and depression. My hormones were out of balance and it was nearly impossible for me to find any emotional footing, especially every month around the beginning of my period. I had never felt anything like this before. I went to my doctor who didn’t have any immediate solutions. Acupuncture was supportive but the beneficial effects did not seem to be holding. Then, I found Brunem. And from my very first contact with Brunem, they were incredibly kind, responsive, and thorough. I can honestly say I have never had anyone take the time and care to understand my health as Brunem has. From my initial consultation until now has been about four months but within only the first few weeks of beginning to take Brunem’s remedies, I began to feel my symptoms improve. My monthly cycle has evened out—I have not had any of the “free fall” type experiences that had begun to characterize my PMS—and as a result I have increased emotional stability and energy for life. I am grateful for Brunem’s practical wisdom, herbal expertise, and compassionate heart and expect to turn to them for continued support in the energetic ebbs and flows of life.
When I think of trauma informed healers who are creating shifts in the world through their practices, I immediately think of Brunem. I first met them through their sliding scale workshop on Herbal Support for Emotional Intelligence and Relational Work. Not only was the workshop remarkably informative and affirming, it was transformative. Simply put, Bru’s expertise is next level but they never ever make you feel like you can’t follow along. I learned so many ways to protect my energy as an educator in the public school system, which has been crucial to my ability to show up for my clients and students, and ultimately for myself. Their knowledge is coupled with trauma informed practices that center disabled folks, trans womxn, femmes, and historically looted/low income people. This was enough for me to actually feel hopeful about my own healing simply because they understood what I was up against in the world. Their profound understanding of systems of oppression and their impacts on the human experience, and thusly the body, is at the forefront of their work, which is what has kept me coming back over and over again. After working with Bru in a class setting, I began working with them directly as an herbal client. Their practice is set up in a way that delves deep into your life as a means of best meeting your healing and wellness goals. I feel seen, supported, and full of hope that I deserve healing and that I am able to heal. If these things are not enough to convince you to treat yourself to some serious love and support from a talented femme, I don’t know what will! I also love their medicine line. My favorites are the Pentagram of Support, Elderberry Elixir, and Griever’s Bitters.
My first work with Brunem was through attending the Grief and Heartbreak session of their Herbal Support for Feminized Labor Series. Their warm, accessible teaching style blended with their ability to create a healing, magical space for the attendees to learn in was really special. It was clear from the workshop that Brunem has extensive knowledge about both the scientific and magical properties of many healing plants and a love for sharing this with others. Soon after I contacted them about individual services, specifically for issues around fertility/queer conception, mental wellness and tobacco addiction challenges. During the thorough intake session they created and held space for my whole self to be taken into consideration. Before the end of the session we came up with a general plan of what herbal preparations I would start off with. Brunem created a personalized tincture formula, tea blend, and smoking blend to address my needs in a variety of ways. I've continued to work with them and make adjustments to my formulas as needed. It has been so different than any healthcare I've ever had before: affirming, positive, and hopeful. If you've ever considered herbal wellness care, I definitely recommend Brunem!
In response to Initial Consultation Reflections:
“This summary and email means so much to me, I am going to hang the above on a wall in my new home to remind myself how far I have come and what balance looks like. Your intake is the most thoughtful, deep, and healing one I have ever had with a provider, thank you so much.”
There are two things that I most appreciated about the workshops. First, checking in, especially about access needs, made the space feel more accessible to me. During both workshops I attended, I was dealing with a lot of hard to manage physical symptoms. Specifically asking that question allowed me space to make known needs I would have otherwise not been able to access or verbalize very well. Being able to do so helped lower my anxiety around my symptoms and made them easier to manage without needing to step away. Second, I really appreciate the scholarship spaces Brunem made. I have been trying to get into herbalism for years now and it seems so inaccessible. I feel very grateful for the space and access created by Brunem's workshops. I appreciate how willing they are to help, especially with folks of color, where most herbalists would be charging rates that are way out of our reach. Their advice has helped me, and at least one other woman of color that I know of, through crisis...and I’m not sure how either of us would have managed without.
Brunem has a wide range of knowledge and skills. They are extremely curious and thorough, and an expert herbalist and care provider. I trust them to present their knowledge honestly, to give me the best advice while supporting me to be in control of my healing process.
Brunem has uncovered and expanded the kind of support I could have expected from an herbalist. For the first time I've experienced what it is to feel accompanied on this life journey by a healer who speaks a language just as foreign and familiar as my own. With Brunem as my guide, I have rediscovered trust in myself and my growing plant family.
Brunem’s invaluable insight into my health and needs continues to reverberate throughout my life. As a nurse I deal with medicine and the medical system daily but for my own health needs I find working with an herbalist invaluable to my total well-being. My first session with Brunem was done during a time in my life when I was dealing with multiple health struggles that crossed all parts of my life; eating difficulties, inflammation, depression, stress, and motivation. Brunem offered a very thorough evaluation of my overall health and developed treatment plans that fit my current abilities and needs. Their method of locating my health needs clearly followed a systematic structure while at the same time used an intuitive presence that drew out a clear picture of the many parts of my life that were affecting my illness. More than simply providing me with herbal formulas, Brunem gave me a toolkit for how to think about and understand what my needs are and ways to fulfill them in my life. Brunem brings a bright mixture of intellectual rigor with the invisible mystery that lies within all life. This helps bring out the best in whomever they work with. They are amazing and caring beyond belief!
As a TA in Brunem's Herbal First Aid I learned practical skills that I have since applied in emergency situations in the home multiple times, including the (surprising!) application of cayenne as a styptic. Brunem is a knowledgeable, methodical, radical, and magical herbalist. Their dedication to the safe and effective usage of plant medicines makes them one of the most rigorous and trustworthy herbalists whose practice I've witnessed. It was a joy to work with and learn from such a gentle teacher and dedicated practitioner of plant medicine.