My name is Krista Coyan. I am a native to Arizona, more recently hailing from California and most recently living in the Czech Republic now for almost 11 years. I have been married to my husband Dan for 25 years and have two daughters, Rebekah (19) and Roxanne (16). I am the director of Townshend International Primary School in Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic and I teach 5th and 6th grade, as well. I am currently studying for my Master’s certificate in Herbalism.
My path to herbalism began years ago in my garden. I had no idea then that I would fall in love with this blending of nature, science and art. Gardening is my respite, my retreat from the stressors surrounding me. I go to my garden or to our surrounding forest behind our house to leave the world behind and be with what revives me, plants.
Several years ago, my eldest daughter was diagnosed with some severe health issues and had to be heavily medicated. This inspired me to look to the gifts in my garden, the plants that had become my daily companions, to see what solutions we could find. Her goal was and still is to get off of allopathic medications and use holistic medicine instead. This was my initial motivation and it has now become my passion.
Over the years, my family members have been my guinea pigs, patiently taking tinctures, rubbing themselves with ointments and salves, applying poultices and ingesting tea upon tea. I am truly grateful to them for the many hours they have spent with me picking red clover, comfrey, St John’s wort and yarrow. It gives me great joy to see my daughters reach for a plantain leaf to apply as a poultice for a sting or bite, or when they ask me what salve they should put on a rash.
Though this journey began as a desperate measure to save my daughter, it has become a life’s journey. I humbly invite you to come and sojourn with me.