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Sometimes solutions for ailments are growing right under Kate Bodmann’s nose.
The community herbalist finds remedies for all kinds of conditions outside. Bodmann uses flowers, nettles, weeds and more to help support overall health and well-being.
Digging in the garden is business as usual for Bodmann. Her green thumb led her to become a master gardener. She also worked at a nature conservancy. But she wasn’t always so attached to using plants for more than decoration.
“The first time someone mentioned that they were using herbs for health, I scoffed at them,” she said.
Bodmann’s introduction to herbal remedies came when she bought goats for her Gifford Park neighborhood backyard. The breeder who sold Bodmann the animals used herbs instead of the drugs used by veterinarians. Bodmann started researching so she could follow suit.
Herbalism is a long-practiced field. Before modern medicine, the solution for most bodily troubles was made up of plants, roots and weeds.
Bodmann was intrigued, so she just kept learning. She ended up completing a three-year herbal program at the Four Winds Natural Healing Center in Omaha. Now she is a registered herbalist and aromatherapist who operates her own company, Land of Milk and Honey Herbs.
For a while, Bodmann worked from her home. But with three children, her 100-year-old house was just too small. She had taken over one bedroom and the whole basement of her house before deciding that it was time to branch out.
So Bodmann opened Omaha Whole Living, a space to support physical and mental health and wellness. The storefront at 521 N. 33rd St. is a hub for Bodmann’s herbal consultations as well as a spot for activities such as meal-planning classes, prenatal and postnatal belly dancing, massage therapy and painting. Bodmann wants to build a village of sorts, a place where people can come and grow, learn and share.
“Most people are looking for a deeper connection, looking for a real community,” Bodmann said.
When clients visit with Bodmann, they discuss everything going on in their lives. The consultation will delve into a client’s emotional and spiritual health, as well as physical health, to help Bodmann find the best herbs for their situation. Once Bodmann has an idea of what her client’s trouble areas are, she will give them either a tea or a tincture, which is a liquid herbal extract.
“In herbalism, we connect the dots between things that normally conventional medicine maybe wouldn’t connect, ” she said.
Bodmann wants to be available for people at any stage, whether they’re just looking for a little elderberry syrup to help with a cold or they’re seeking overall wellness support. And she’s there to teach people that plants are for more than just eating in salads and decorating lawns.
“We’re meant to co-exist with plants and use them to our benefit,” she said.