Marlene Adelmann, Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy of New England

Name: Marlene AdelmannMarlene Adelmann Founder Herbal Academy

Occupation: Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy of New England

Place of Residence: Boston, Massachusetts


Background and Personal History: Marlene is the Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy of New England, the home of the Online Introductory Herbal Course and the Online Intermediate Herbal Course, and meeting place for Boston area herbalists. Through the school and online herbal classes, Marlene has brought the wild and wonderful world of plant medicine to over 1,000 students across the globe. Marlene spent several years studying herbs and learning under some of the most revered, modern herbalists and continues to practice plant medicine through ongoing correspondence courses and teaching others.

Marlene’s passion for herbalism started with her studies in Culinary Arts. In 1989 she opened her own catering company and through her passion for food and good healthy living that she began learning about herbs and how to use them both for food and medicine.

“Using herbs in culinary creations is like applying vibrant color to a black and white portrait. The portrait can be beautiful in black and white but adding color creates a whole new experience. When you use herbs in cooking you are mostly looking for flavor and perhaps color. I don’t think there are too many chefs out there that are considering the medicinal value of the herbs they are using. Low and behold, culinary herbs are packed full of nutrients and healing properties! Learning how to use herbs as medicine in the dishes we prepare as well as in their more traditional medicinal preparations, such as tinctures and teas, is fascinating and health rewarding! Don’t ever settle for just black and white. Open up the box and dip your brush in.”

Marlene has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She teaches vegetarian cooking classes and supervises the Herbal Academy of New England’s weight loss program that promotes eating close to the source, which is clean eating that eliminates most cans, boxes, and packages. Marlene believes that learning to create health through the foods you eat is life transforming.

“When you truly understand that your food choices are powerful and life affirming, you can exercise control and restraint without deprivation.”

A humanitarian for most of her life, she cares passionately about children and their welfare. When she was raising her own children she also worked as an intern in a social services program helping underprivileged children. One of her goals for the Herbal Academy is to sponsor social programs that help the most vulnerable citizens of our society–our children.

Along with all of her goals for the school, Marlene also envisions starting community projects that create community amongst herbalists and everyone else. “Learning about herbs is like turning a light on that you didn’t know existed. It brings all of nature, the wonder, the beauty and the awe right smack dab into your lap and there it will remain forever. How cool is that? Right there in your lap you have the key to better health, understanding of all of nature and inspiration to do better for the sake of all living creatures and plants.”

About the Herbal Academy of New England:

With roots in greater Boston, The Herbal Academy of New England is an educational resource offering online programs and local workshops, herbal clinics, and weight loss counseling. The Academy is committed to researching and gathering information and tools to help support a lifestyle of self-awareness and whole body care. It is the Herbal Academy of New England's desire to encourage individuals and society to make sustainable and meaningful changes so as to use earth's resources with greater wisdom and respect. 

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