The Self-care League

For centuries, Self-care and creating healing environments with healing plants and the 5 elements of fire, air, water, earth, and ether, have been foundational to the healing traditions of peoples of all races, creeds, and cultures seeking to promote balance in body and peace of mind, emotions, and spirit. Plants still are a vital part of the healing practices of the people of the world. They are a vital 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. Research has found this to be true in people's Self-care practices.


Self-care League Herbal Diplomats®, Medical Science Liaisons, and Instructors have a broad base of understanding about non-pharmacological self-care and partnership with healing plants. The Self-care League includes knowledge from the clinical and biomedical inquiry into plant constituents to the holistic, multidimensional and spiritual applications of plant knowledge gained from participating in the plant partnership!

Self-care League Mission:

  • Advance Balance in Body and Peace of Mind 

  • Establish Precision Self-care with Plants as Partners 

  • Integrate Timeless Healing Traditions and Modern Science

  • Expand Consciousness Studies in the Five Elements of Self-care

  • Promote Informed Decision Making in Health Care 

  • Inspire Non-Drug Solutions 

  • Teach How to Recognize Health Patterns

  • Support Spiritual and Care Companions

  • Restore Faith in Self-care as the Foundation of Health Care in Communities


Why Self-care?


Self-care is a healing tradition. It is a right and responsibility that is both personal and shared in communities. Self-care is the foundation of a healthcare system. The platform and goal for the design of Self-care and Self-healing strategies is the balance of the five elements of Self: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Ether using the Elements of Care® program.

Dr. Martha Libster talks about

Precision Self-care with Plants as Partners

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Experiential Guide


Meet the Herbal Diplomat® Consultants & Trainers


Martha Mathews Libster


Dr. Martha, founder of The Self-care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts and the Bamboo bridge Herbal Diplomats®  is delighted to welcome you to the Self-care League! Our focus is teaching people and communities of all ages precision Self-care with plants as partners. 

More about Dr. Martha.


Bamboo Bridge

Global Tea House

Health Culture Diplomacy

Delivering community-based solutions for Health Care Reform, Balance in Body and Peace of Mind through Health Culture Diplomacy.

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Dr. Julie Smith-Taylor


Dr. Julie, Dean of the Self-Care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts, is a women's health nurse practitioner, nurse-herbalist, and Herbal Diplomat® committed to opening the heart, mind, and body to self-care and healing. She also is certified in Science of Energy Flow Foot Reflexology with Herbal Stress Relief. Dr. Julie partners with horses as well as plants in creating health and healing experiences.

Contact Dr. Julie.


Libby Davis


Ms. Libby Davis is a Registered Nurse with experience in neurology, critical care, geriatrics, and people with special needs. Libby is of Cherokee heritage and first learned herbal medicine from her aunt, Marti (Momfeather) Erickson. She has a passion for people and animals and enjoys working in her family apiary.


Linda Russell-Gertz


Linda is an Herbal Diplomat®,  health coach, and occupational health nurse who works with clients to create a customized plan of care that includes a variety of holistic therapies including traditional Thai herbal steams, acupressure, aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Healing Touch, and guided imagery.


Lisa Posigian


Lisa, an Herbal Diplomat®, works as a Registered Nurse in a Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She also is a certified Science of Energy Flow Foot Reflexology practitioner and Facilitator of the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House Peace Fire.

Meet the Self-care League Medical Science Liaison Nurses


Pamela Faye

RN, BSN, Nurse-Herbalist

MN Public Nurse Health Certificate

Healing Touch Practicioner

Stone Medicine Practicioner

Pamela has 30 years experience as an RN and Healing Arts professional with hospital, home, and public settings for adults and children. She owns and operates a private holistic healing practice called the Cedarwood Spa.  Pamela assists clients of all ages with a variety of health concerns on their journey to optimal wellness.  As a passionate healer, Pamela strives to create a calm and safe environment to enhance self-directed healing, personal growth, and self-awareness.

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Janet Juricic


Emergency Department Nurse Manager

Inner City Chicago. 35 Years Home Health and Critical Care  Scout Master of a small diverse troup. Mother of twin eagle scouts. Health care provider in national scout jamboree and Order of the Arrow conferences. 

Love of teaching and encouraging adults and youth in Self-care!

Anne Walters


Anne Walters is a registered nurse with experience in hospice, comfort care, and whole plant medicine. She has been with Dr. Martha and the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House since 2006. Anne brings her life work forward through artful soup making. Her other name is “Soup Gramma”! Anne is interested in our ancestors, their soups, and healing folk remedies. She welcomes your stories about your family traditions for soups and home remedies. That is where we find great wisdom.

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Lynn Harrigan

M. A. Ed

Lynn Harrigan, an educator for more than 20 years, fosters community and global connections where people nurture each other’s dreams of lives rich in health and wellness. She is owner of Custom Health and Wellness and advocates for integrative preventative care through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual approaches. Lynn is passionate about connecting with families, who are in the midst of behavioral health issues or who have already lost loved ones to addiction or suicide.  Lynn helps people to change their lives for the better through cultural awareness, lifestyle management, nutrition and wellness Self-care education!


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