Kara Sigler has worked as a clinical herbalist in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006 in her private practice. She is registered nationally through the American Herbalist Guild as a professional herbalist. Kara incorporates Ayurvedic pulse and tongue assessment into her sessions with clients, as well as inspiring clients through nutritional consulting, and emotional/energetic counseling. Kara’s interests focus on everything from cancer to wellness maintenance. Her belief is that herbs are allies for all life transitions, which are hard for humans.
Kara believes that health is a co-created process, and education is a key element of clients taking control of and empowering themselves to lead a healthy, happy life. Kara brings to her client sessions her experience of co-teaching a three-year clinical herbal program at the Ohlone Herbal Center from 2006-2014. Kara currently leads herb walks, wildcrafting trips, and herbal workshops at multiple venues around the Bay Area, from Forestville to Oakland.
Kara makes individualized herb formulas for her clients, and has a line of herbal products Herban Elixirs. Herban Elixirs springs from Kara Sigler’s 10 years of seeing clients with common recurring complaints. Herban Elixirs are geared towards healing and balancing the physical and emotional bodies of modern humans, dealing with our fast paced, stressful world. The Elixirs include formulas to address disharmonies such as digestion, stress, hormone balance, allergies, pain, and immunity.
Kara works in the first aid tent of the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, the Buckeye Primitive Skills Gathering, and is a member of both the MASHH collective (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing), a collective of herbal street medic activists, and the BAHC (Bay Area Health Collective), a collective of queer practitioners serving the LGBT community through low cost popup clinics. Kara is WFR certified and works part of the year as a wilderness backpack guide for youth groups and Call of the Wild, an all women’s adventure travel company.
Kara’s love of plants stems from her childhood in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and finding a modality that helped her own healing. From menstrual cramps that left her curled in a ball and vomiting in pain for an entire day a month, to mild memories of cramps, herbs have changed Kara’s relationship with and belief in her body. She loves to share this life-altering wisdom with others, reminding them of their ancestral wisdom and relating with plants.
Kara was certified in 2005 by the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA as a Clinical Western Herbalist. She has been seeing clients and teaching her love of plant medicine ever since. Kara studied with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes for 6 months; also with Donna D’Terra at Motherland for 9 months. Kara finished a 2 year Ayurvedic Bodywork and Pulse internship with Deanna Batdorff of the Dhyana Center, Sebastopol in 2012. She also completed an acupressure program in 2005 and a 150 hour certification in Swedish massage in 2012. Kara continues to learn and grow in her practice through further formal education and from her clients. Kara is honored to have studied with such renowned teachers as William Morris, Autumn Summers, Karen Aguiar, Terri Jensen, Kami McBride, Donna D’Terra, Pam Fischer, Sarah Bearden, David Hoffman, Lois Johnson, Sarah Holmes, Karyn Sanders, and Deanna Batdorf, among others.
To learn more about Kara’s practice please visit www.sfherbalist.com.