Dr. Martha Libster, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is an international expert in the practice of nurse-herbalism, integrative nursing, and botanical self-care. Supported by award-winning historical research, translational botanical science expertise, and collaborations with nurses and indigenous leaders internationally, Dr. Libster’s work advancing the practice of the science and art of nurse-herbalism has been disseminated on five continents. She has designed and published three practice models on integrative nursing, health culture diplomacy, and precision botanical self-care that have contributed to global health transformation, policy reforms, and wellness innovations. Dr. Libster is the author of 11 books including Precision Nursing Science (2022), Precision Self-care for Nurses: The Elements of Care Program for Beating Burnout (2022), and Herbal Diplomats, which documents a lost history of 19th century American nurses’ leadership during a nationwide healthcare reform movement focused on botanical self-care. Her pursuit of knowledge of the nature of the relationship between humans and plants led to translation of hundreds of botanical studies and traditional/historical evidence to nursing practice. Today, Dr. Libster’s practice and research demonstrate that nurses’ historical leadership in the creation of healing environments with plants and other elements are well-positioned to address current concerns about climate change. Through her nurse-led Self-care Institute, Dr. Libster introduces her Elements of Care® program, rooted in nursing’s centuries-old practice of precision self-care with plants as partners, to the public. Her book, Gentle Medicine for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind (2020) is a complete guide to precision Self-care with plants as partners. The Bamboo Bridge international community she founded in 2006 in partnership with Sigma Theta Tau has been recognized by W.H.O. Chief Nursing Scientists and indigenous medicine leaders and continues to hold live and virtual Global Tea Houses promoting integrative care and climate change supported by health culture diplomacy. She is also an improvisational poet.
Gentle Medicine for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind
Gentle Medicine for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind by Dr. Martha M. Libster
This book is about precision self-care for common health concerns, life transitions, and excessive stress. In the Elements of Care ® gentle medicine program detailed throughout this book, you will trace the roots of ancient healing traditions and discover the power of plant-based medicines. Plant medicines are gentle but powerful catalysts for change and therefore healing. Herbalism as partnership with plants in human healing has stood the test of time.
Simple, familiar, and accessible gentle medicines are the formula for reducing stress and increasing well-being! Therefore, the Elements of Care ® program begins with re-entering the world of plants. Step into a laboratory for personal growth that is right within you and your own kitchen and garden.
Gentle Medicine for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind features:
• Two books in one—Book and Experiential Guide
• Master the 5 Elements of Care® —ether, ﬁre, air, water, and earthto select and create simple remedies for healing and stress relief
• Partner with plants in the creation of a precision self-care plan that incorporates your unique health pattern
• Choose the precise acts of kindness to give to yourself in times of stress
• Experiment with 15 guided gentle medicine Self-studies that lead to greater balance in body and peace of mind
Precision Nursing Science2022 (Color EPUB from Publisher)
Precision Self-Care for Nurses: The Elements of Care Program for Beating Burnout2022 (Color EPUB from Publisher)
ANA and AHNA. (2018). American Holistic Nurses Assn. Scope and Standards 3rd Ed. Contributing Author Core Values, Standards and Content on Herbs, Healing Environment, Nursing History, APRN practice, Self-care, Faith Community, and Culturally Congruent Practice.2018
Perspectives on Cultural Diplomacy (Volume 1 - Nursing)2015 ( EPUB from Publisher)
Science of Energy Flow: Foot Reflexology with Herbal Stress Relief2014
The Nurse-Herbalist: Integrative Insights for Holistic Practice2012 (Color EBook 2017)
Delmar's Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (Book and CD-Rom)2002
Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing2001
Awards and Recognition
- Fellow American Academy of Nursing (2021)
- 2013 Faith Andrews Research Fellowship in Shaker Culture, Winterthur Museum, Library and Gardens.
- 2005 Lavinia Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing – Book Publication - Herbal Diplomats - American Association for the History of Nursing.