I’m Liala Gianstefani and I’ve been a practicing naturopath, herbalist and massage therapist since 1997.
I have a passion for growing and making herbal medicine.
My journey with natural healing started early, inspired by my mother who used home remedies to nurse me through the usual childhood illnesses, but it was my long experience with a chronic condition that showed me alternatives to standard medical practice. I saw the legendary natural therapist and herbalist Ruth Tricky in Melbourne (who would later become one of my teachers). I took up formal training at the age of 20, inspired by the changes in my own health. Since then I’ve been fascinated by the relationship between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ‘bodies’ and how this impacts on our sense of well-being.
The road of healing can be a winding one and I provide tools and encouragement to make the travel a little easier. On a practical level, I suggest remedies and advice based on my knowledge and experience, as well as evidence based use of herbs and remedies. I was educated understanding that herbal medicine and other natural therapies have equal place alongside conventional medicine. I believe in a holistic approach, looking at what’s appropriate for each person’s health needs, whether it be using herbs, taking medication and/or re-discovering the joy in one’s life.
- Diploma of applied science (naturopathy) from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne Australia.
- Diploma in Zen shiatsu from the Shiatsu College Aotearoa.
- Professional member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH).