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About Me

Ashley Bissonnette-Murphy, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and herbalist based in Connecticut (USA) with over ten years of experience. Her specialty is holistic community healthcare, ancestral traditions, nutrition, and herbalism. Her work has been featured by The International Witches Magazine, the Witch Way Magazine, The Travel Witch Blog, the Brave Daughters of Providence, VisualMag, and the Boston Women's Market.

Education & Experience

CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism 2021-present

  • Community & Clinical Herbalism 

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 2007-2019

  • Senior Researcher. Indigenous medicine; ethnobotany; community gardening

Certified Health Education Specialist 2022

Salve Regina University 2014-2016

  • Ph.D. Ethnomedicine; food sovereignty; intergenerational trauma; retrospective epidemiology

Eastern Connecticut State University 2013-present

  • Professor of Health Sciences; Indigenous healthcare; alternative medicine; health policy; public health

Southern Connecticut State University 2009-2012

  • MPH. Public health; dietary supplement regulation; advocacy

Ashley Bissonnette, Herbalist
Herbs and Condiment

HW Tenets of Herbalism

Herbal remedies are effective – and life-changing when done alongside holistic health strategies. Herbalism is the art and science of using plants to care for our mind, body, and soul. Herbal remedies are made for people, not diseases. Herbs provide the support needed for one's body to heal itself. 

An herbalist carefully crafts an herbal plan of what, how, and when to use herbal remedies suited for the unique person. The potency of plants is fully realized if matched to the person and used correctly. 


  • Medicinal plants are not for diseases or conditions – they are for people;

  • I do not diagnose or treat disease – nor do I need to. I work with you to address your symptoms and come up with a plan that supports your body to do the healing work;

  • Herbalism is not a "hit-and-miss" or "pop-the-pill" boilerplate approach like we see in conventional medicine or even mainstream herbal marketing campaigns. HW Herbal plans are tailored to each individual's uniqueness and include lifestyle intervention to address root causes of illness;

  • Herbalism has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, people around the world turn to herbal remedies as cost-effective and safe alternatives to over-the-counter medications.

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