charley caudill, herbalist in lexington, kentucky

Herbal Wellness Consultations

My own healing journey began when I attended school for massage therapy in 2010. This really opened up my mind to the possibilities of extraordinary transformation capable when combining healing touch with empathetic presence. After learning prenatal massage, a light switched on in my heart and I found that my life purpose is to help women stand strong in their own power by taking their health into their own hands. That same year, I furthered my education with toLabor and became a birth doula.

I am an herbalist, trained in Southern Folk Medicine and Western Herbalism, having studied with Phyllis Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health in Alabama. I have also studied with Sajah Popham of Evolutionary Herbalism. My studies in herbalism will be a life-long adventure. I am dedicated to keeping the fire of my curiosity burning by continuously learning all I can about plant medicine and other methods of healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Southern Folk Medicine?

Southern Folk Medicine is the medicine of the people. It was formed in the Southern United States as Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans combined their knowledge of plant medicines. This practice looks at every person as the unique individual they are. Herbal remedies and nutrition are tailored to a person’s body constitution and temperament.

The really magical thing about folk medicine is that we can use the plants that grow all over Kentucky as a catalyst for healing. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are aimed at forcing a change in the symptoms of disease, herbal remedies work to turn on your body’s ability to correct imbalance in the tissues and come back to harmony. While this idea of balancing body constitutions is somewhat similar to Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine, the main difference is that we use herbs native to the US, rather than shipping them from overseas. This means that your plant allies could be growing in your own backyard!

What does the herbal consultation look like?

During our initial consultation, we will discuss your health history. We’ll talk for about an hour. You’ll leave with some recommendations to get you feeling better right away. Over the next couple of days, I will customize a wellness plan for you. This may include herbal remedies, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle changes. We’ll meet again for about 30 minutes to discuss your wellness plan. Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks after your initial consultation. This will give you time to incorporate your wellness plan and discover what’s working and what needs adjustment.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you!

What is an herbal remedy? How do I take it?

Remedies come in different forms. Herbal tinctures are herbs extracted in alcohol. These are taken in a bit of water. There are also herbal teas and capsules. Salves are used topically. Cost of herbs is additional to the cost of your consultation. I may have the recommended herbs available at White Willow, or I may recommend you purchase them elsewhere.

What is the cost?

The initial consultation, including one hour appointment, one 30 minute appointment, and your wellness plan, costs $155. The fee for follow-up consultations is $85.

What conditions can be treated?

When working with plant medicine, we don’t talk in terms of curing illness. Instead, we are addressing imbalances in the tissues and providing the body with what it needs to heal. Any condition can be aided with herbs. I most enjoy working with hormonal imbalance, fertility, and chronic ailments.

I do not offer consultations for emergency situations or acute conditions. If I feel you would be better served by another practitioner, I will help you find one.

What if I’m already taking pharmaceutical medications?

The herbalism I practice is integrative. There is certainly a time and place for modern medicine, and I’m so thankful for it. I will never recommend that you stop taking any medication. If you are working with your health practitioner to ween off of a medication, I can help with that. Some herbs cannot be combined with pharmaceuticals, but many more herbs can be used in conjunction with medications.

What if I’m not sick but want to increase longevity?

I am here for that! My hope is that all my clients will reach a point where symptoms are kept at bay and they can focus on living longer, healthier lives. We can talk about supplements and nutrition for health maintenance.

Herbal Products

Our herbal products are made in-house with wild harvested or organically grown herbs and available only in our shop - no shipping. Pictured here is only a sample of the herbal products we offer. Herbal remedies can also be customized with a consulation.

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Deep Sleep

This herbal remedy is our most sedating. If you have trouble turning your brain off, or get a second wind right at bedtime, this’ll have you fast asleep in no time.

Ingredients: passionflower, skullcap, chamomile, hops, alcohol, water

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Head Ease

This herbal remedy may help some types of headaches and migraines. Cooling and fairly sedating.

Ingredients: feverfew, California poppy, blue vervain, lavender, alcohol, water

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Harmonizing Bitters Blend

Most of your immune system is located in the gut. That means- GOOD HEALTH STARTS IN THE GUT. If you’re having digestion problems- heartburn, slow digestion, gas, bloating, etc. This is also a great formula for most skin conditions, especially acne.

Ingredients: milk thistle seed, dandelion root, burdock root, alcohol, water

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Tension Tamer

Overthinking? Can’t sleep? This herbal remedy is great for people who have shoulder & neck pain and racing thoughts which inhibit sleep.

Ingredients: passion flower, blue vervain, lavender, alcohol, water

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Nourishing Nerves

Feeling frazzled? Twitchy eye? This herbal remedy is for the person who feels tired but wired. Nervine herbs help to actually heal nerves and refresh the nervous system, making this a good remedy for people who have nerve pain.

Ingredients: wood betony, milky oat seed, skullcap, lemon balm, damiana, alcohol, water

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Skin Salve

Rashes, bumps, bites, burns - if it’s red, burning, or itchy, this salve will be your savior.

Ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, calendula, plantain, comfrey, st. john’s wort, lavender

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Joint Salve

Warming and pain relieving. Rosemary acts as a driving for to send bone healing herbs into the joints. Useful for arthritis, broken bones, bruises, sprains, strains, & muscle pain.

Ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, solomon seal, comfrey, mullein, rosemary, black pepper

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Vein Salve

Topical treatment for new varicose and spider veins, as well as hemorrhoids. This remedy works to tone and tighten loose and lax veins.

Ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, butcher’s broom, yarrow, cypress

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Breathe Balm

Heavy chest, wracking cough, stuffy nose, wheezy, & sneezy - this chest rub will bring relief. Again here, rosemary acts as a driving force to send lung-healing herbs down through your chest.

Ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, rosemary, peppermint, basil, eucalyptus

Aromatherapy Bar

Let us tailor an aromatherapy blend just for you! Feeling a little blue? We've got a blend for that. Sinus pressure or headaches? We've got you covered. What if you just want something that smells nice? Yes! We can custom-tailor the blend of your dreams.

While we have a variety of single essential oils available, our aromatherapy bar sets us apart from the rest. Stop by the Emporium and we'll mix your blend while you shop, or send us an email and we'll have it ready for you to pick up.

How It Works

Our aromatherapy bar has a wide variety of essential oils that can be blended into countless combinations. The oils are blended in a roller bottle with a carrier oil.

If you are new to aromatherapy, feel free to look through our recipe book or ask for staff recommendations. Headaches, stress, bug bites, sinus troubles, and upset stomach are all issues that aromatherapy can help with, and more. All of our recipes can be modified just for you, and part of the fun is smelling each oil to be sure you like it.

If you're experienced in aromatherapy or just curious, we encourage you to create own recipe. If you've always wanted to try mixing bergamot, jasmine, and grapefruit (you really should if you haven't) but don't want to invest in full-size bottles, you can try it here first. We have books available to help you create the perfect mix, or to answer any safety questions.

What Is The Cost?

Aromatherapy blends start at $11 depending on the oils used. Our oils are priced by the drop, so if you have a mix that's missing something, maybe a dash of melissa or helichrysum, bring your mix in and add a few drops without committing to an entire bottle.  We look forward to blending with you! ​


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