10 Reasons to consult with a registered herbal practitioner:

Why Consult a Herbalist?

Herbalists are the trained and trusted professionals in herbal medicine

Herbalists meet the highest standards education, ethics and scope of practice            

Herbalists have an extensive knowledge base combining traditional wisdom and modern scientific perspective      

A registered herbal practitioner will explore the roots of your health and wellbeing      

A registered herbal practitioner will provide a comprehensive and holistic wellness assessment       

A registered  herbal practitioner will create individualized protocols and herbal preparations                

A registered herbal practitioner is trained in herbal safety, drug interactions, and possible contraindications

A registered herbal practitioner can assure you of quality and purity of the herbs and herbal preparations

A registered herbal practitioner will  offer interdisciplinary collaboration with other health professionals                                                                                          

A registered herbal practitioner is accountable  to a professional organization, must maintain annual continuing education and must abide by professional standards 


Statement Regarding COVID-19

During these unprecedented and stressful times the CCHA would like to provide support and guidance to our membership and greater community as a whole. Although the CCHA does not endorse any claims of treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of COVID-19 by natural health practitioners, we do recommend that those seeking guidance on using herbs and other natural medicines contact a professional herbalist or provincial herbalist association for advice. Please contact us for more information if needed. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider immediately.

Stay well and support one another!


Government’s Response to the Standing Committee’s Recommendations

-Here is the Government’s Response to the Standing Committee’s recommendations (from 1993). The NNHPD hasn’t deviated from the recommendations listed here, it’s interesting to understand the history of what is guiding the governments choices.
The Standing Committee on Health made fifty three (53) recommendations covering sixteen (16) broad areas. The government is pleased to accept and agree with all the recommendations. A summary of the recommendations and the government response is outlined in this fact sheet.
Here’s more on the role of the Standing Committee of Health:
They explain that:

“The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (“the committee”) is empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada. The mandate of the Standing Committee on Health also includes reviewing and reporting on matters referred to it by Orders of Reference from the House of Commons relating to Health Canada and its associated agencies such as health-related bills, the budgetary estimates of Health Canada and its associated agencies, study of reports tabled in Parliament that relate to health, and examination of the qualifications and competences of Order in Council appointees.

The Standing Committee on Health may also study matters the Committee itself chooses to examine. It holds public meetings and considers evidence from witnesses. At the end of a study, the Committee usually reports on its findings and makes recommendations. The Committee may request a Government response within 120 days of the tabling of the report. “

2018 Update

Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA)
Annual Summary – November 2018


The CCHA met for our annual, in-person meeting November 2-4, 2018 in Victoria BC.  The following is a summary of our activities over the past year.

CCHA Board of Directors

President – Katolen Yardley – British Columbia
Vice-President – Bree Nabholz – Alberta
Secretary, Treasurer – Kristy Garnet – Alberta
Marianne Beacon – Ontario
Lianna Vargas – Ontario
Megan Tardif-Woolgar- New Brunswick
Daniel Wiseman – Nova Scotia
Savayda Jarone – Nova Scotia

The CCHA team works diligently, volunteering many hours of their time and expertise amidst busy herbal practices to ensure unity and growth within the herbal community.

This year we were pleased to welcome:

  • A new herbal association from New Brunswick- The Herbalist Association of NB, represented by Megan Tardif-Woolgar.  She has joined the insurance sub-committee.
  • A new representative from the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia, Daniel Wiseman. He has joined the social media and newly formed cannabis education sub-committees.
  • A new representative from the Alberta Herbalist Association, Kristy Garnet who is our new secretary/treasurer.

Other changes on our board:

  • Lindsay Hounslow from the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC is stepping down. We are deeply grateful for her contributions since 2012. Bree Nabholz has stepped into the role of Vice President. The CHA of BC is looking for a new representative to replace her in the Board of Directors.

Achievements & Activities from the Past Year ( 2018)
  • Monthly teleconference meetings
  • At the previous AGM in 2017, the CCHA Facebook page was created. Since then, we have grown our community to 394 followers.
  • The CCHA is diving into a review of internal systems, creation of templates to facilitate faster completion of projects and reviewing Bylaws.
  • Ongoing discussion of how to lobby Insurance companies for inclusion of herbal consultations into health care benefit packages for employees and small businesses.
  • Ongoing consultation with the NNHPD (details below).

NNHPD (Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate)

The CCHA has re-established our role as a major stakeholder with Health Canada and has been invited to participate in multiple stakeholder sessions held in 2018. Participation in ongoing NNHPD consultation is a primary goal of the CCHA, as the NNHPD is revamping the current Natural and Non-prescription Health Products (NNHP) regulations. CCHA representatives Bree Nabholz and Katolen Yardley attended several NNHPD stakeholder meetings held in February 2018 and November 2018 (in person, two days long), plus one online meeting.

It has been important to ensure that the CCHA has a presence and voice at these meetings in order to represent the interests of herbal practitioners. Of key concern to the CCHA is the continued validity and use of traditional use claims for NHPs, and ensuring that the Practitioner Compounding Policy is upheld. Currently, the CCHA is offering input into proposed modifications to regulations regarding labelling standards for natural health products.

The Year Ahead

Sub committees were reviewed and new committees created at the AGM.  We are opening some of these sub-committees to volunteers to join from within our associations’ memberships.  Here are some areas that we are seeking and inviting volunteers to join:

  • Marketing and Outreach – To generate greater awareness of our profession
  • Social Media – We invite provincial herbal associations to forward herbal related community events being hosted by their professional members, if there are articles or blog posts written by professional members, please forward them to the CCHA via your provincial representative and the CCHA would be pleased to feature these events on social media. Also, tag the CCHA in social media posts posted by your associations.
  • Insurance Subcommittee – The CCHA continues to investigate the possibility of extended health insurance coverage for members of the public seeking herbal consultations. Many employers or businesses offer extended health benefits packages for their staff; we are investigating how herbalists may be added to extended health benefits packages for possible consultation coverage. This is proving to be a time consuming task and we invite members of provincial associations who are interested in contributing to this project (via a subcommittee) to put their name forward to their provincial association and the association can pass along the names via their CCHA representative.
  • Cannabis Subcommittee – The CCHA has created a brief position statement with regards to the new legislation around cannabis. Please refer to statement. The CCHA  will continue to monitor any changes with legislation and how they relate to herbal practitioners.
  • Fundraising – The CCHA requires funds to ensure board members are able to attend NNHPD meetings in Ottawa. The board is entirely run on a volunteer basis, so being able to offer funds to cover flight costs is crucial to our voice being heard in Ottawa. This subcommittee is dedicated to developing viable fundraising ideas to further the goals of the CCHA as a whole.
Ongoing Projects

Honouring of Herbal Elders: If a provincial association is aware of a herbal practitioner who has been in active clinical practice for over 25 years, please bring the name and contact information to our attention. The criteria for an herbal elder can be viewed here:


Additional Goals For The Year Ahead

Visibility of Herbalism – The CCHA is looking at ways of raising the visibility and awareness of herbal practitioners amongst the public.

At Risk Plant Awareness in Canada and Internationally – To make more responsible choices for use, cultivation, growing and medicine making within the herbal community. Stay tuned for periodic updates of plants at risk.

Communications – Facilitate more regular communication between CCHA and provincial Board of Directors. While it’s the role of the CCHA representative to ensure dialogue and communication between the provincial association and the board of the CCHA, we have also created an annual feedback questionnaire for provincial associations which we ask to be returned annually prior to the CCHA AGM. This will assist in outlining priorities and actions for the year ahead.  See feedback questionnaire.

CCHA Board of Directors wish you all the very best in your herbal practices and are grateful for the part you play in the growth and strength of our profession.


Green regards,


2017 Update

SUMMARY of the Annual General Meeting Ottawa, Ontario Oct, 14, 15 -2017


The CCHA has re-established their long term relationship with the NNHPD by meeting with them in Ottawa October 13, 2017. Since there are new members of the NNHPD we provided some history of our previous work with the NHPD. We discussed proposed changes to NNHPD policies and shared our views as Herbal Medicine Practitioners and opinions on the importance and uniqueness of Traditional Use of Herbal Medicine. We offered our expertise and put steps in motion to continue future consultation for proposed changes. The CCHA confirmed there will be no changes to the Compounding & Raw Materials Policies for practitioner use. We will be continuing our dialogue and requested ongoing consultation with all proposed changes within current policy.


One of the overarching themes of our meeting is the timely importance of raising public awareness of the profession of herbal medicine in Canada. Most of our agenda items focused on this primary goal. We continue to explore the conversation of how herbal practitioners may be recognized by insurance companies for claims by clients.


We have a long list of new content for our website which we will share with associations once completed; until then we will begin the work with completing these new pages. We are pleased to introduce the new Facebook page of the CCHA to our members and any interested parties. Please visit our Facebook page at where we will be sharing association events, CCHA activities and other herbal medicine related information. The CCHA facebook page following has doubled in the short time we have opened the page!


We are working towards organizing a national gathering in summer of 2018 as well as the planning the next Elder’s Ceremony. In 2015, the CCHA National gathering & elder’s ceremony was hosted in BC aligned with the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering. For 2018 we are in preliminary talks with a Herb Gathering in Ontario to offer a venue for the Honoring of Canadian Elders in the field of Herbal Medicine. We are now putting out a call for any nominations for Herbal Elders – one criteria is that the herbalist has been in private practice for at least 25 years and has offered outstanding contributions to the field of herbal medicine.

View our website for additional criteria and how to submit a nomination; including a bio and photo of the nominee:

Please submit nominations by April 1st, 2018.

Additional information on the upcoming 2018 national gathering will be shared once the CCHA has confirmed a venue and the details of the event.

A comment from the new president of the CCHA, Katolen Yardley- “I would like to thank my fellow council members for all their volunteer efforts during the past year and for taking the time to meet in Ottawa for the AGM and important NNHPD meeting. We each take this role to heart, and are dedicated to serving our fellow Herbal Practitioners and Herbal Medicine in Canada.”

The Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations Katolen Yardley, British Columbia (President)

Lindsay Hounslow, British Columbia (Vice President)

Johanne Fontaine, Quebec (Secretary – Treasurer)

Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia

Sarah Maria Leblanc, Quebec

Marianne Beacon, Ontario

Lianna Vargas, Ontario

Bree Nabholz, Alberta


ccha annual summary final nov 2, 2017


RÉSUMÉ de l’assemblée générale annuelle qui a eu lieu à Ottawa (Ontario) les 14 et 15 octobre 2017
Le CCAH a renoué sa relation à long terme avec la Direction des produits de santé naturels et sans ordonnance (DPSNSO) en rencontrant ses représentants à Ottawa le 13 octobre 2017. Étant donné que la DPSNSO comporte de nouveaux membres, nous avons présenté un aperçu de notre travail antérieur avec la Direction des produits de santé naturels (DPSN). Nous avons discuté des changements proposés aux politiques de la DPSNSO et partagé nos points de vue en tant que praticiens de l’herboristerie ainsi que nos opinions en ce qui a trait à l’importance et au caractère unique de l’herboristerie traditionnelle. Nous avons proposé notre expertise et mis en place des mesures pour poursuivre les consultations futures à propos des changements proposés. Le CCAH a confirmé qu’il n’y aura aucun changement aux politiques relatives aux matières premières et aux préparations pour les praticiens. Nous allons poursuivre le dialogue et demanderons une consultation permanente au sujet de tous les changements proposés dans le cadre de la politique actuelle.
Un des principaux thèmes de notre réunion est que le moment est particulièrement opportun pour sensibiliser le public à la profession d’herboriste au Canada. La plupart des points à l’ordre du jour sont axés sur cet objectif principal. Nous continuons de discuter de la façon dont les herboristes pourraient être reconnus par les compagnies d’assurance afin que les clients puissent recevoir un remboursement.
Nous avons beaucoup de nouveau contenu pour notre site Web et nous le partagerons avec les associations dès qu’il sera prêt. D’ici là, nous allons commencer par terminer ces nouvelles pages. Nous sommes heureuses de présenter la nouvelle page Facebook du CCAH à nos membres et à toutes les personnes intéressées. Visitez notre page Facebook à; nous y publierons les événements de l’association, les activités du CCAH et des renseignements relatifs aux plantes médicinales. Le nombre de personnes qui suivent la page Facebook du CCAH a doublé au cours de la courte période qui s’est écoulée depuis la création de la page!
Nous travaillons à l’organisation d’un rassemblement pancanadien à l’été 2018 ainsi qu’à la planification de la prochaine cérémonie d’hommage aux anciens. En 2015, le rassemblement pancanadien et la cérémonie d’hommage aux anciens du CCAH se sont déroulés en Colombie-Britannique, en même temps que le rassemblement d’herboristerie de l’île de Vancouver. Pour 2018, des entretiens exploratoires sont en cours avec les organisateurs d’un rassemblement d’herboristerie de l’Ontario afin d’inclure un hommage aux anciens herboristes canadiens dans le cadre de l’événement. Nous lançons un appel de candidatures pour les anciens herboristes. Les candidats doivent, entre autres, avoir exercé en pratique privée durant au moins 25 ans et avoir apporté une contribution exceptionnelle au domaine de l’herboristerie.
Consultez notre site Web pour connaître les autres critères et la procédure de mise en candidature (le dossier doit comprendre une biographie et une photographie du candidat) :
Les mises en candidature doivent être envoyées d’ici le 1er avril 2018.
De plus amples renseignements sur le rassemblement pancanadien 2018 vous seront communiqués dès que le lieu et les autres détails auront été confirmés.
Commentaire de Katolen Yardley, nouvelle présidente du CCAH : « J’aimerais remercier mes collègues et membres du Conseil pour les efforts qu’elles ont bénévolement fournis au cours de la dernière année et pour avoir pris le temps de venir à Ottawa afin de participer à l’assemblée générale annuelle et à l’importante réunion avec la DPSNSO. Nous prenons toutes notre rôle à cœur et sommes dévouées envers nos collègues herboristes ainsi que l’herboristerie au Canada. »
Conseil canadien des associations d’herboristes

Katolen Yardley (Colombie-Britannique), présidente
Lindsay Hounslow (Colombie-Britannique), vice-présidente
Johanne Fontaine (Québec), secrétaire-trésorière
Savayda Jarone (Nouvelle-Écosse)
Sarah Maria Leblanc (Québec)
Marianne Beacon (Ontario)
Lianna Vargas (Ontario)
Bree Nabholz (Alberta)