Consultations



Are you curious about herbal medicine? Interested in natural remedies, but unsure of how they can help you or where to start? We can help!

Honey Pot Herbals is a grassroots, family focused, inclusive herbal practice. We help your family learn to use herbs for your health.

We aim to create spaces which make natural health care accessible to low income individuals and marginalized communities. We do this by advocating low cost, practical activities to promote health naturally and through low cost or subsidized workshops and pay what you can consultations.

6I am available for consultations which can take place online, over the phone or in person at our place of business or other arranged location. Consultations can be simple and very specific, or they can be more in depth.

An in depth consultation involves completing an “intake form”. The intake form asks questions about what your health concerns are; what you eat; how you sleep; medications; stress levels and more. The information you share helps us to select herbs which will help you. All consultations, intake forms and any information shared is strictly confidential. As a Registered Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA), I abide by the OHA Code of Ethics, Code of Practice and Scope of Practice.

If you are interested in a consultation but the intake form sounds intimidating, don’t worry! I will not pressure you to answer everything immediately. Sometimes we are just not ready. It is OK to take your time, or simply not answer something that makes you uncomfortable.

To initiate a consultation or request an intake from, please contact us directly:

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Frequently Asked Questions about Consultations

Are herbs safe?

Plants have been used for healing around the world for thousands of years. Virtually every culture around the globe has used and/or still uses herbs to promote health and well being. Herbs have a longer track record of safety than other kinds of medication. Current estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) state that approximately 80% of the world’s population is primarily dependent on plant medicine. Also, many of our conventional pharmaceutical drugs are synthesized and processed forms of herbal extracts. Humans and plants have evolved alongside each other; plants and people are biologically complex and are well suited to each other. Herbalist can help you detetmine which herbs are safe and apptopriate for you.

What is a Herbalist?

A Herbalist is a facilitator. We help you to use plants for your health. Herbalists study many things including botany, ecology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry as well as how plant medicine behaves in the body and how plants interact with foods and pharmaceutical medicines. We can help you choose which herbs and herbal preparations are right for you. Most herbalist prefer to have you be a part of deciding what is right for you.

Herbalist are very diverse. Some of us call ourselves Herbalists, others are healers, medicine people, elders and respected individuals who carry on culturally specific healing traditions and teachings. Some of us specialize in a particular health concerns and others seek to serve our cultural communities or diverse populations.

I am trained and self-taught as a “Western Herbalist”. This is a term which generally means I have learned herbal traditions that originate in Europe but have also adopted many plants and some teachings from other parts of the world, particularly North America. I do not use the terms traditional herbalist, medicine woman or traditional healer out of respect for culturally based healers whose teachings and plant use are deeply based in culturally specific knowledge with a long oral tradition. Western Herbalism is a modern hybrid form of plant medicine which draws on ancient wisdom as well as modern science.

What happens at a Herbal Consultation?

To determine how herbs can best help you or your family, I gather information  about your health when talking with you and by using an intake form. The form is in-depth and provides information about what is going on with your health. This information can help us to select herbs and therapies which are a good fit for you. Everyone is unique; herbs and therapies that worked for someone else may not be as effective for you.

If you are interested in a consultation but the intake form sounds intimidating, don’t worry! I will not pressure you to answer everything immediately. Sometimes we are just not ready. It is OK to take your time, or simply not answer something that makes you uncomfortable.

Some people want to learn to make herbal remedies for themselves. If this interests you, we can talk about this at the consultation as well. We have online turorials and we offer workshops to teach hands on skills. It may also be possible to arrange a private lesson or a workshop for your family or group of friends.

How much do Consultation Cost?


Consultations are priced at $95 per hour. Follow up appointments are $55 per half hour visit. If this is difficult for you to pay, we do offer pay what you can consultations and are open to barter exchange. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a consultation.

How do I use herbs?

Plant medicine can be as simple as drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed or applying plantain to a cut or sting. It can also be more complex and herbs can be combined by knowledgable individuals to treat acute and long term illness. Herbalists use herbs in different kinds of preparations- tinctures, syrups, salves and lotions are some examples. During your consultation we talk about which herbs and which kind of preparations are most appropriate to your health needs and goals. Some people prefer teas over tinctures and vice versa; sometimes particular herbs are more appropriate to one kind of preparation rather than another.

What is a Tincture?

Tinctures are concentrated liquid herb extracts which are taken in drop doses. I make and use glycerin tinctures. Glycerin is a sweet, sticky substance which is safe for babies, children, diabetic and those who are sensitive to alcohol. The advantage of tinctures are that they are easy to use and take on the go. You don’t have to brew tea several times a day; you can just put some drops of tincture in juice or water and take your medicine that way.

How much do tinctures cost?


1oz …. $15 (trial size or given for babies & very young children)
2oz …. $25 (typically lasts a month or so)
4oz …. $40 (typically lasts 2 months)

Elderberry Syrup. A glycerin tincture good for speeding recovery from cold and flu.

Elderberry Syrup. A glycerin tincture good for speeding recovery from cold and flu.

How much do teas cost?


1oz … $5
4oz … $16
8oz … $30

The number of cups of tea you get from 1oz, 4oz, etc. varies widely due to different instructions regarding how to use the tea.

Allerg-Ease tea. A tasty blend of lovingly wildcrafted Goldenrod and organically grown Chamomile, Fennel and Skullcap.

Allerg-Ease tea. A tasty blend of lovingly wildcrafted Goldenrod and organically grown Chamomile, Fennel and Skullcap.

How much do salves cost?

1oz … $8
2oz … $12
8oz … $40

Teas, tinctures and salves are made by Registered Herbalist Joanne Kewageshig using herbs organically grown at home, wildcrafted or organically grown herbs purchased from other herbalists or reputable, organic suppliers. If the cost of medicines is difficult for you to manage, we can accept some forms of barter exchange.

Can I bring my kids in for a consultation?

Herbs are great for kids! Yes, we can do herbal consultations with kids!

How do you decide what herbs I will use?

Everyone is unique; herbs and therapies that worked for someone else may not be as effective for you. Herbalists work with the whole person rather than treat the disease. The intake form and consultation are about getting a picture of your overall health in order to restore balance and proper metabolic functioning.

How long does a consultation last?

Your initial consultation will be comprehensive and last about an hour. Follow up appointments are typically shorter. The consultation will conclude with both Joanne and you agreeing on a treatment plan that actually works for you. We will go over what herbs and remedies have been recommended and how to use them. Follow-up consultations usually take less time. Follow-up appointments can be booked at your convenience or as recommended, but typically are booked 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation.

Is it safe to take herbs with prescription medications?

Herbalists are trained to know what herbs interact with which medications and how. Your initial consultation will include listing any prescription and over the counter medications you take. This will help in selecting the proper herbs for you.

Can/Should I still see my doctor or other health care professional?

Registered Herbalists welcome working with other health professionals, both conventional doctors and other alternative therapies. We encourage clients to inform your doctor of any herbal preparations you are taking.

How long does it take for Herbs to work?

This will depend in what you are seeking herbal support for and your overall state of health. Sometimes herbs can quickly address health concerns, such as cold and flu. Other times herbs work in a more gradual way, by working slowly to restore proper function within the body. When systems of our body get “out of whack”- weather due to illness, injury and/or not (being able to) take good care of ourselves- herbs can help to gently nudge things back into balance. Sometimes this takes time. Herbs can also help alleviate some of the more distressing or uncomfortable symptoms while a more lasting healing takes place.

What can herbs help with?

Herbs can be effective as part of or the primary care for a variety of ailments including: Cold & Flu Reproductive Health, Infections & Injuries, Stress, Anxiety & Depression, Muscle & Joint Care, Chronic Conditions, Preventative Care & Health Maintenance

To initiate a consultation or request an intake from, please contact us directly:

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