Our founder Talal Al-Hamad is a man of many talents. He is an herbalist with a diverse background in many natural healing modalities. He utilizes a unique east meets west approach to imbalances and disease, with great efficacy. Talal has been a student of various holistic modalities & arts including:
-Traditional Western Herbalism
-Islamic & Unani medicine
-Flower essence therapy & Aromatherapy
-Yoga (Pranayama, Mudras & Asana)
-Nutrition & Diet
His initial interest into holistic healing was due to several health issues that plagued him. Being completely dissatisfied with the answers and results allopathic medicine had to offer he set off on a personal transformative journey to seek out the true cause for his imbalances. This journey led to a period of deep study and personal growth as he foraged the plains of holistic healing to find his purpose. Without fail the path always led back to the power of nature, to the plants themselves. He loved the idea of not relying on anyone to manufacture his remedies (as homeopaths often do), and felt very empowered and connected with his own remedies. Their results were powerful and had little to no side effects. It was then he knew that herbal medicine was his path in life.
His formal education includes training at Dominion Herbal College, completing a clinical herbalist program in Ontario and studying with Chakrapani Ayurveda Institute (India). Talal’s unique style has been influenced by a plethora of mentors both past and living. Practitioners such as: Michael Moore, LW Osbourne, Johan Hollandus, George Ripley, Horatio C Wood Jr, Ryan Drum, Nicholas Culpeper, Jean Dubuis, Jabir Bin Hayan, Abu Bakir Al Razi, Avicenna and many more. In addition to his formal training, Talal has spent many years in intense self study, immersing himself in a myriad of works. He continues to study, experiment and research in a variety of vegetable works, understanding that he is always a student of the great work.
In addition to his training, Talal has also spent many years of intense self study, immersing himself in the works of great herbalists such as: Michael Moore, Robert Bartlett, Manfred Junius, David Hoffman, Donald Yance, Horatio C Wood Jr, Ryan Drum, Nicholas Culpeper, Jean Dubuis, Hollandus, Jabir Bin Hayan, Al Razi, Avicenna and many more.
Today, Talal has earned a reputation as a multi faceted East meets West herbalist – keen on exploring the boundaries of medicine making through the lost art of Alchemy. He is also becoming well known for his efforts in bringing greater awareness of Islamic/Arabic & Unani medicine to the West, becoming a real & audible voice for Arab health practitioners in the region. He works with people and animals & uses multiple modalities but is an herbalist at heart. In addition to teaching at international symposiums, his articles have also been featured in magazines such as Ayurveda Mantra & Tonic Toronto.
Talal is a Registered Herbalist and a professional member of The American Herbalists Guild (AHG) & The BC Herbalists Association (BCHA). From 2020 to 2022 He was heavily involved in the AHG as a member of the: governing council, diversity equity and inclusivity committee, Ad hoc committee & Membership committee. Talal was also an independent author/contributor & researcher for The Herbal Academy, an online herbal school. Talal works with people and animals & uses multiple modalities but is an herbalist at heart. In addition to teaching at international symposiums, his articles have also been featured in magazines such as Ayurveda Mantra & Tonic Toronto.
Herbalist by day and jazz guitarist / martial artist & fanatical foodie by night, Talal has an innate passion for healing and has devoted his life to developing his treatment protocols and furthering his knowledge of medicinal herbs. Having conquered his own health challenges with his knowledge, it is easy to see how his passion for healing others is truly sincere.