Anna Marija Helt, PhD


Anna Marija is an herbalist and scientist in Durango, CO who spent her childhood wandering the woods of suburban Philadelphia. Before falling in love with herbalism (and mushroomism) she worked a dozen years as a biomedical scientist in cancer biology and infectious disease research -- first as a research technician at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, then as a doctoral student at the University of Washington Department of Microbiology, and finally as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied herbalism with Pam Fisher at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, Kathi Keville at the Green Medicine Herb School and with others.  Marija is passionate about learning and teaching and has a clinical practice while leading classes and workshops locally and online.  She is an avid plant harvester and medicine maker, preferring weeds, mushrooms and only the most abundant native plants as her allies. Long term goals are to introduce herbs to folks who aren’t already on the bandwagon, including allopathic medical professionals, and to empower her clients with herbal traditions augmented by critical evaluation of current research.  Her website is

For more information & to learn more about Anna and her work, visit the Oshada Natural Health & Durango School of Herbal Studies on Facebook!

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