Meet The Herbalist
“Where there is imbalance we see dis-ease yet, through balance we find healing.”
Known for her bright smiles, tight hugs, and charming personality, Secora Hoffenden is the Herbalist and founder of Empressive Herbs. She has developed a unique ability to connect symptoms to the actual source of imbalance. She combines the use of whole herbs, foods, water and positive lifestyle changes to holistically balance one’s mind, body, and soul.
Growing up she suffered from Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome for which a number of treatments and medications in combination were prescribed. However, instead of improving, the condition worsened with added side effects and escalating complications as a direct result of the various medications. By age of 16 she could not fathom being on medication for the rest of her life and took the initiative to seek out alternate means. Nevertheless, she came up empty handed without any forthcoming advice or suggestions regarding even alternative medical solutions. A friend suggested she seek an herbalist. Taking the advice, over the initial six month period she began to see consistent results and ultimately overcame her health challenges. Until that time, she had no inclination that there was such a thing as an Herbalist.
We are all surrounded by and use herbs, but we do not necessarily understand their powerful healing abilities. Secora certainly did not and during her personal discovery she further studied this holistic way of being, thinking and connecting with the natural world around her. In that personal journey of discovery, she then realized all the many more around her suffering similar debilitating conditions, for which the use of herbs could more than just relieve their suffering, but in effect completely eradicate their conditions. Her passion to share positive information about the benefits of holistic living with all those she connects with inspired her to create Empressive Herbs.
As a child Secora wanted to be a doctor, but could not understand why there were so many people in hospitals not getting better. She gave up on that dream; at least she thought she did. Her Master Herbalist Zola Kojo invited her to take herbal classes. During her studies it was revealed to her, her destiny was to be a community Herbālist.
Secora is well-known to always be smiling and sharing compassion with all those she encounters and gives that same love and patience to all of her clients. No two souls are alike, so she takes the time to consult with her clients to build the whole story of what is going on inside their body and create customized plans for each of her clients --always believing, if you go the extra mile, you can make someone’s heart smile!
Specializing in Detox, Cleansing and Hydrotherapy, she designed and formulated the Empressive Herbs herbal product line for cleansing, toning and nourishing of the entire body, aiding one's body to flow into balance. She is currently teaching her Wholistic Health and Nutrition program, and a variety of health and life skills workshops to adolescents and adults to advance the overall holistic health of her community.
Secora Hoffenden has completed the Western Herbal Medicine training as a Certified Herbalist at Original Herbal Institute in June 2013. She is also a Kundalini Reiki Practioner.