Submitted by Nature Nurture Farmacy

Many Lewis County residents rely on Nature Nurture Farmacy — a non-profit community health center located behind the Chehalis library — for herbal medicine, bodywork, nutrition education, and other tools for healthy living. In recent months, Nature Nurture Farmacy has added new staff and services to provide even more comprehensive care for the community.

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Dr. Jenny Green, the newest practitioner at Nature Nurture Farmacy, can help patients with digestive issues, women’s health and hormonal issues, thyroid problems, allergies, and mood problems. Photo courtesy: Nature Nurture Farmacy

Dr. Jennifer Green Joins the Nature Nurture Farmacy Team

One change includes bringing in a new practitioner. Dr. Jennifer Green is a licensed naturopathic doctor originally from the Yakima Valley. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2017 and completed her residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle. In both her undergraduate and medical education, she researched the medicinal properties of plants and mushrooms.

Dr. Green excels at helping folks with digestive issues, women’s health and hormonal issues, thyroid problems, allergies, and mood problems such as anxiety and depression. She enjoys creating personalized treatment plans using herbs, nutrition, lifestyle support, counseling, and hands-on therapies. Personal autonomy in the treatment is important to her. She is currently studying hypnosis and looks forward to incorporating that process into her practice, as there is often an emotional component at the root of many physical issues.

“I’m delighted to join Nature Nurture Farmacy because of the emphasis on community involvement,” said Dr. Green. “I’m even more excited about making affordable naturopathic care and community classes on wellness and herbs easily accessible to folks.”

Find Luminary Apothecary and Lauren Olean at Nature Nurture Farmacy

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Lauren Olean is an intuitive herbalist and flower essence practitioner. She recently began taking appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with open herbal hours Wednesday afternoons. Photo courtesy: Nature Nurture Farmacy

Another development includes expanded appointments from Luminary Apothecary creator Lauren Olean, an herbalist and flower essence practitioner. She is available Tuesdays and Thursdays to help improve health and mood through consultations, custom herbal formulas, and reiki/gentle touch therapy. She will also hold “herbal hours” Wednesdays from 2 to 5:00 p.m., where people can come in and chat about herbs, try special teas, and order custom blends. Olean’s soulful approach to healing can support a connection between body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Her patients report positive change even after one visit, and many come back multiple times for continued results.

“Lauren uses her knowledge of plants as medicine, insight into the human spirit, and ability to ask questions of you to facilitate her guidance and for you to consider as you heal,” says patient Marylynne Kostick of Lewis County Birth Works. “Using her skills, Lauren offers myriad ways to incorporate recovery into your life that are practical, enjoyable, and effective.”

Nature Nurture Farmacy Welcome AmeriCorps VISTA Mariana Sanborn 

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Mariana Sanborn, an Americorps VISTA at Nature Nurture Farmacy, jumped into her new role immediately–helping with nutrition classes, the seed library, and community gardens. Photo credit: Shalese Jorgenson

A new addition is AmeriCorps VISTA Mariana Sanborn, who started with Nature Nurture Farmacy at the beginning of September. Originally from Massachusetts, Sanborn attended the University of Edinburgh, studying Sustainable Development and Social Anthropology. Her one-year term will focus on the Project: Food Is Medicine, which includes community gardens, nutrition classes, and connecting food from farmers with those who need it.

“I really could not have asked for a better community to be placed in as an AmeriCorps member, and I love my role at Nature Nurture Farmacy as the coordinator of Project: Food is Medicine,” says Sanborn. “In just a few short months, I have seen tremendous movement and growth within the project and having a supportive network of community members like those in Lewis County has been very fulfilling and welcoming.”

New Office Administrator at Nature Nurture Farmacy Farley Walker

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The newest staff member, Farley Walker, also loves to grow good food. Appropriately, Nature Nurture Farmacy’s motto is “Heal. Grow. Flourish.” Photo courtesy: Nature Nurture Farmacy

Finally, the health center has a new office administrator, Farley Walker. She moved to Lewis County in 2019 to start her farm, Star & Sparrow and serves on the board for the Community Farmers Market of Chehalis. One of her passions is growing locally sourced produce, eggs, and meat, so she is thrilled to join a team that highlights nutrition and natural remedies as the foundation of good health.

Head on over to Nature Nurture Farmacy, give them a call, or check out their website. Other services include sports physicals, sauna treatments, hydrotherapy, and cupping. Staff and guest instructors also offer classes in nutrition and fun subjects like making fire cider and mocktails. Take advantage of this community treasure and feel better for it.

Nature Nurture Farmacy
176 NE School Street, Chehalis

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