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Holistic Healthcare

Cheryl Fromholzer is a Western Clinical Herbalist and the founder of Gathering Thyme, an herb shop, educational resource and healing arts collective in San Anselmo, California ( She provides a multi-faceted approach to holistic medicine combining customized organic herbal formulas with nutritional education and lifestyle guidance.   She is an active member of the American Herbalist Guild and faculty member of the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies in Berkeley, California.

Being a Western Herbalist means her focus is on using native plants to address imbalances, not just the symptoms, and to prevent dis-ease. Cheryl’s goal is to stimulate each individual's innate healing power through the use of medicinal plants. Working with an herbalist is not a passive event, but a collaborative journey into self-healing. An herbalist is a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner, a good listener and wellness coach.

Herbalism is mind-body-spirit medicine. On a physical level, plant medicine provides overall support to the body such as balancing the immune and nervous systems and focusing on specific issues, chronic or acute. An herbalist looks at the whole person to support any weaknesses in the body (known as deficiencies) so that the body overall may be stronger. Emotional and spiritual needs can also be addressed through plant spirit medicine and flower essences.

For more information on Herbal Healthcare, click here: What is Herbal Medicine?

"I was embarassed to relay all the health challenges I had to tell you about when I first met you. You deftly and patiently dealt with each one. You dispersed wisdom with grace and humor. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to consult with you for a wholistic approach to improving my health.
Bless You,

Herbal Consultations – What You Can Expect?

The initial consultation is a two-hour session with several components. After obtaining a detailed description of the reason(s) for your visit, I obtain an extensive intake of your health history, covering all the areas that can influence your current state of health, such as diet, exercise, social and emotional life. During our session, we will collaborate on a wellness plan (including dietary and lifestyle suggestions) that is balanced and realistic.

At the end of our session, I create an herbal formula, designed specifically for you, to address your unique physical constitution, physiological needs, and emotional and spiritual well-being. At this time, we will also schedule a follow-up session (typically 1-2 weeks later), to ensure the herbal formula and wellness plan are moving you towards your healing goals. After the follow-up session, you will typically see me every month to six weeks to check in about your healing progress and to continue to tailor your wellness plan and receive a new herbal formula.



smallflowerMy Herbal Apothecary

I carry over 130 full-spectrum herbal extracts in my pharmacy, all handcrafted by me using organic or ethically-wildharvested herbs. Alcohol-based extracts are made using biodynamically-grown organic grapes. Grape alcohol is hypo-allergenic, which is especially important for individuals who have grain allergies or sensitivities.

I believe in the vitality of fresh plants – whenever possible I use fresh, locally-grown plants over dried. I support local farmers and purchase my herbs through Sonoma County Herb Exchange whenever possible.

For those who are sensitive to alcohol, I also carry a wide range of freshly-dried organic herbs for teas and capsules.

Herbal extracts and teas are available to the public. Inquire for details.



  • Initial Full Consultation (~1.5 hours): $120
  • Follow-up Sessions or Mini Consultations (~30 minutes): $45

Herbal Extracts:

  • $13 per ounce and up, depending on the herbs used in the formulation

Dried Herbal Teas:

  • Varies depending on the herb. Between $3 and $8 per ounce.

Making an Appointment

I can be reached at 415-298-0793 or I’m happy to talk to you to answer any questions you may have about the services I offer and how I can help you.

Making choices about your healthcare is a very personal decision. There is no one right way to work with any illness. Allow yourself the time to gather as much information as you need to make your decisions and listen to your body and heart. Enjoy the love in your life, laugh whenever you can, and be very gentle and kind to yourself.

*Herbalism is not licensed by the State of California. Cheryl Fromholzer is not a medical doctor and therefore cannot make a diagnosis, nor will she make recommendations regarding drugs or controlled substances prescribed by a licensed practitioner. Her services are complementary in nature.
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