Thea Summer Deer
Herbalist • Educator • Author
Welcome to my website, and thanks for stopping by! I am an herbal practitioner in the Energetic model aligned with the Wise Woman and European Herbal Traditions and draw from the wisdom of Chinese Medicine and Five Element Theory. I empower people to seek the answers within by reclaiming an inner navigation system that leads us to what we need at any given moment. I am a conduit, resource, and guide for your journey to wholeness.
My involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 40 years as a midwife, childbirth educator, owner of MindBody and Evolutionary Press, and Executive Director of Resources for World Health. My area of interest and specialty lies in herbal medicine, Chinese Five Element Theory, and Wise Woman care. My articles have appeared in numerous magazines, books and publications. I am a BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies graduate and earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies from Venus Rising University. I am a clinical herbalist who teaches online, at various herbal conferences and schools and, at Five Element Academy.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I lived with the Seminole Indians at the Musa Isle Indian Village. I spent my childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, where I currently reside and, was introduced to herbal lore. My mother was a gardener, and I have had a life-long interest in plants. I love to write, travel, garden, hike, cook, dance, and play music.
Music is a big part of my life, and I have recorded 5 CDs and toured for many years as a singer-songwriter. You can have a listen and learn more at Thea & The GreenMan. I would also invite you to visit Wisdom of the Plant Devas Blog, where I share herbal wisdom, and Thea's Kitchen for culinary inspiration and recipes.
Published by Inner Traditions International/Bear and Company. Available in bookstores everywhere and online.
Why Herbal Medicine?
The longest-lasting results from herbal medicine lie in its tonic ability to restore whole bodily systems. A tonic is an herb or combination of herbs taken consistently over time. I get asked this question more than any other, "What herb can I take for this symptom?" But that's not how it works. You don't take an herb for a symptom like you would a pharmaceutical. Herbal medicine can support the body to alleviate acute symptoms. But lasting change and relief from chronic health issues come from commitment and the consistency of being in a relationship with the plants that heal us over time. They have much to teach us about restoration, and we would do well to incorporate them within an Integrative model. I am here to help.
Initial Skype or Zoom Consults are $125. via PayPal, and can take up to 2 hours. You will need to keep a 2-week food/beverage/dream journal before our appointment. Herbal, Dietary and Lifestyle recommendations and resources are sent via email. Follow up consultations are $75.
New class offerings coming soon.
Current classes being offered through Wise Woman University.
You'll need to keep a 2-week food/beverage/dream journal before our appointment. Initial Zoom or in person intake/consult can take up to 2 hours. Herbal, dietary, supplemental, and lifestyle recommendations and resources are sent via email and includes one follow up call. First visit $125. Follow up as needed $75.
Book & Blog
Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine
for a New Earth
by Thea Summer Deer
Foreword by Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.
A spiritual guide book bridging botanical & plant spirit medicine.
Healing the Heart-Mind
Wisdom of the 5 Flavors
The Water Element
Love Your Liver:
The Wood Element
Heal Your Heart:
The Fire Element
The Earth Element
My goal in taking your class was to learn how the liver might affect hot flashes, but your gift of knowledge has far surpassed that and thank you.
— Helen R.L.
Thank you for helping me begin a deeper knowing of myself.
— Namaste, Kim
Herbal Wisdom Starts Now!
Subscribe to Hoof Tracks seasonal email newsletter and you'll be on the trail with Thea Summer Deer! Receive valuable herbal information, news, upcoming events, inspiration, discounts, and more.
Zoom consultations available worldwide. In person visits available at my office in West Asheville.