Kettle of Hawks offers herbal medicinal products and consultations. Currently based out of Western Massachusetts and run by herbalist, Anne Louise Burdett, Kettle of Hawks works to provide alternative health care at low cost to community residents of Franklin County.
Anne Louise Burdett
Anne Louise Burdett began working with plants about 15 years ago. Starting with conventional landscaping and farming practices and moving into permaculture and biointensive cultivation her commitment to plants and botany became a primary focus in her life. From there she began to work in the local food movement, joining up with a community of radical food and health justice practitioners around access and food security in low-income neighborhoods in Oakland, Ca., and building farms-to-school programs and local farmer’s markets. Alongside this work her studies in herbalism, reproductive justice, pregnancy and childbirth began to take shape. She has worked as a doula at San Francisco General Hospital, taught Vinyasa Flow yoga and Prenatal yoga, and cooking classes at local elementarys schools. She adamantly believes that all people deserve accessibility to a healthy and nurturing life, anti-oppressive care, and support in their communities.
Anne Louise currently practices Western Clinical Herbalism. Drawing from folklore and western constitutional medicine techniques, she will provide a constitutional assessment combined with customized formulas. This comes from the idea that each person has their own unique history and set of needs that should be addressed as individuals and not a symptomatic template.
Anne Louise is committed to working in association with other herbalists, locally and in extended communities to reinforce the idea that we are stronger people by transforming how we take care of ourselves and one another. She believes that our community is best served when people have access to the resources that will best meet their needs. Feeling healthy; physically, psychologically and emotionally is made possible by not only opening doors to those services that can provide necessary treatments, but also in redefining our sense of community and collaboration.
She takes a harm reductionist approach, including diet, lifestyle and other alternative methodology into her practice.
Over the last 10 years she has spent time studying with many inspiring and knowledgeable teachers and mentors, including:
Luis Tazan- Inka Herbals
Rosita Arvigo- Rainforest Remedies
Joshua Muscat- San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic
7Song- Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
Caty Crabb- Appalachian Ohio Herb Clinic
Paul Strauss- Equinox Botanicals
Ben Zappin- Sylvan Institute
Aviva Romm- Avivaromm.com
Chris Marano- Clearpath Herbals
(look them up, they do amazing work!)
In addition, she spent 9 months working as an intern at the Ithaca Free Clinic – an integrative health clinic offering free health services to all. She lived and worked at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary doing plant conservation work and invasive plant eradication. She is currently becoming certified as a women’s health educator and beginning a practice as a doula and childbirth educator at The Prison Birth Project in Chicopee, MA.