Laura Elvira Clemmons I am a clinical herbalist with a mission to help women come into their own power to heal.
I was very first introduced to herbal medicine by my mother and grandmother's teachings. My mom Lucia is from Naples, Italy. She taught me as much as she could remember passed on by her mother, Elvira, about plants and energy medicine. Elvira's mother, my great grandmother Nona read tea leaves. Also, the Strega lineage is passed from my father's mother Mary who practiced herbalism and spiritual healing.
I started my path of healing as a young girl placing my hands on animals and giving them all different colors of light for their many ailments. My sisters and I (I am the middle of 5 children 4 girls 1 boy) would sit around the kitchen table practicing our psychic abilities. I crushed roses smeared them on my lips to stain them red. I slept with flowers under my pillow to induce dreams. I took baths with my mother's tea bags. Started carrot plants from their tops in egg cartons. And spoke to the spirits that visited me in the night. As I grew my gifts did as well,. I was channeling for my family and friends by the time I was 17 years old.
This has always been the path lay before me, I was born to into this woman's work and choose to follow it everyday.
Coming from that lineage of Italian stregas, or healers, I wanted to maintain my ties to that tradition in my practice. I named my business, Strega Gardens, after that lineage as a way in which to honor and embody the work of my ancestors.
This path had led me down many roads, always learning along the way. I followed my intuition to Colorado and now have a certificate in clinical herbalism and a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. I have studied under Dr. Gu Ding in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shen Nong Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Mayan Traditional Healing Practices and Uterine Massage with Ms. Beatrice Waight, Belize and Ann Drucker in Boulder, Colorado. Held an apprenticeship with Linda White Dove in herbal medicine; an apprenticeship with Claudia Rosewolf in traditional North American indigenous healing practices; Studied Journeying with Chris Davidson: Ancientways Shamanic Training in Nederland, CO and an apprenticeship with Pei Fen Yan in Chinese Medicine in Boulder, Colorado.
I have now been in practice for over 15 years, and prefer to grow or wildcraft most of the herbs used, as well as make my own tinctures, tea blends, glycerites, oils, and any other concoctions that are needed. Inow live in Erie, Colorado where I homeschool my children, see clients, and teach workshops and classes.
I concentrate on female reproductive EMBODIMENT health. My work attends to physical, psychological and spiritual issues, being that these systems are integrated and inseparable. I believe that caring for the reproductive system is one of the most important things that we can do, being that it is literally the gateway through which spirits are drawn from the ethers into this world. I feel that learning to accept and love oneself is a critical aspect of the healing path, and that paying attention to the subtle messages the body sends is a crucial part of supporting the body's natural dance back into balance. To do this, I feel we must take responsibility for our bodies and our health, and as a result we will find the healing we seek by bringing consciousness to our everyday thoughts, words and actions. Ultimately, my work is to help women to discover the medicine within, and help women achieve so through my practice as well as the classes and workshops that I teach.