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The Best in Gentle Medicine

30+ years experience in non-drug solutions and precision Self-care with plants as partners




We welcome you to explore the Self-care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts where we are inspired by people and plants!

Golden Apple Healing Arts has provided quality healthcare services and education for the public and health professionals for over 20 years! 

In keeping with a 400-year-old nursing tradition of Gentle Medicine and caring companionship, the Self-care League was formed, those who would utilize the Elements of Care® program for precision Self-care with plants as partners as a path to serenity - inner peace. The Self-care Institute also supports caregivers and nurses whose daily gift of service to humanity is a spiritual path of deep love and truth!  We provide customized educational programs, personalized consultation services, webinars, retreatsGlobal Tea Houses, and resources that are always meaningful, mindful, and memorable!  


The Elements of Care® training program incorporates healing traditions that have stood the test of time and innovations in pattern science to promote informed health choices and precision Gentle Medicine Self-care with plants as partners that results in serenity as greater balance in body and peace of mind. 

The Founder and Executive Director of the Self-care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts, Dr. Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, is a board-certified holistic Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with 30 years' experience as a nurse and master teacher in Self-care, herbal, and other non-drug solutions for infants, children, and families. Dr. Martha is responsible for introducing innovations in integrative holistic care, nurse-herbalism, healthcare reform, health culture diplomacy, and Self-care, such as her Elements of Care® program to the American public, health professionals, and acclaimed institutions around the world. She is leading teams dedicated to the education and transformation of American and global healthcare, and climate change that begins with the elements of Self (with a capital S).

Just 2 quick steps to become a Self-care League Instructor!

Our Specialties

As experts in Self-care education, plant partnership, and the art and science of caring, we at Golden Apple Healing Arts strive to improve health care and systems through communication and education about the value of precision Self-care with plants as partners, non-drug solutions, and other gentle medicines used throughout history by peoples of all cultures when seeking solutions to the tough health problems that challenge us all.

Free Trial of the Self-care Institute Members' Resource Center 

NURSE-HERBALIST RETREAT Register by October 31 $50 OFF
Fri, Nov 13
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Nov 13, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
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Time to retreat! Find your special tea cup and pick your plant. Join Dr Martha Libster for this refreshing learning experience that prepares you for confident nurse-herbalist practice. Attendance limited to answer your questions.
Sun, Dec 20
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Dec 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST
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Virtual Peace Fire for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind for Self, Family, and Community
SELF-CARE LEAGUE Instructor Certification Course
Fri, Jan 29
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Jan 29, 2021, 9:00 AM CST – Jan 30, 2021, 3:30 PM CST
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Dr. Martha and Dr. Julie invite you to Elements of Care Program Certification Training and Retreat. This is a 2 day retreat - 6 hours each day from 9 AM until 3:30 PM with a lunch break.

A Unique Plant Perspective

Plants are a vital part of the healing practices of the peoples of the world.  They are a part of modern bio-medicine and ancient healing traditions. Wise people of many cultures have prophesied that the 21st century would be a time when people would find greater ways to integrate traditions and emerging science.

Dr. Martha and the Golden Apple Healing Arts Self-care League offer a unique plant perspective rooted in a broad base of botanical understanding from the clinical and biomedical inquiry of plant constituents to the holistic energetic applications of botanical healing knowledge gained from participating in plant-human partnerships.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Golden Apple Healing Arts

6650 W. State St. - Suite D95

Wauwatosa Wisconsin 53213

United States


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