Herbellum Institute was founded by Janie Ross and Hilary Smids, a mother and daughter duo dedicated to helping clients understand how herbal medicine can help them regain control over their health.  


Watch the video below to learn more about the importance and effectiveness of herbal medicine, and how it can benefit you. 


Herbal medicine changed our lives and our approach to health, and we're here to share how it can do the same for you. 


Janie Ross

Janie Ross

Master Herbal Practitioner, B.S, CLC, C.BT

I had my first experience with herbal medicine in my early 20’s as a young mom in Boulder Colorado. It was a thriving hippie community at the time so when my medical doctor suggested he slap a ‘patch’ on me for migraines, I instinctively headed straight to an herbalist. That’s when I discovered the dichotomy between chemical drugs and herbal medicine.

The discovery and study of herbal medicine changed the way I ate, the way I managed my health, and the way I raised my daughter. My life has never been the same.

Some decades later, I’ve been teaching Herbal Medicine in a private college, guiding and certifying Herbal Practitioners. I also have a private practice and enjoy the privilege of helping clients understand how herbal medicine can help them regain control over their health.  


Hilary Smids

Co-founder, social media, web development & marketing.

About 14 years ago, I took a course on Ayurveda from Candis Cantin Kiriajes of Evergreen School of Planetary Herbology and my life was forever changed. I jumped into it not knowing what to expect and came away with a new outlook on health, on the powerful healing effects of herbs, and a sense of control over my health that I had never had before, and must admit, had been skeptical of. 

Fast forward to present day, a regimen of particular vitamins, minerals & herbs in their various forms have become a part of my daily routine and I can confidently and effectively treat my own health issues without the use of pharmeceutical drugs.

I have a background in social media and marketing and am excited to be the wizard behind the curtain here at Herbellum Institute!

The idea of making your own herbal medicine may sound idealistic and a little crazy!!  Until you do it – and realize that it’s stronger and safer than you ever imagined.


I am always surprised by how little the public understands herbal medicine. Because major drug companies have applied their influence over the curriculum offered to medical students, herbal medicine and nutrition have been effectively erased from the awareness of the medical community.


Very few people understand that herbs are the origin of a large percentage of our pharmaceuticals. Even so – people are smart and intuitive. They are beginning to recognize that chemical medications are not solving their health issues. In many cases, prescription drugs create many more problems than they solve. And more than ever, people are returning to herbalists for help. And that’s where we come in. We encourage you to open your mind. If you allow it, herbal medicine will be a game changer for you and everyone you know.


These are just some of the health concerns that herbal medicine can be used to address:



In our Anxiety Course, we review anxiety symptoms, brain chemistry, and pharmaceuticals and their unsavory side effects, then introduce the most viable herbs for anxiety, highlighting their actions on anxiety symptoms.

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Participants in our Insomnia Course will learn about the side effects to pharma drugs and the five different types of insomnia.  They will then be introduced to the most credible herbs for insomnia, based on clinical studies.

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Back and Joint Pain

Our Back and Joint Pain course begins by reviewing pharmaceuticals for pain and their tragic and addictive side effects.  We then introduce the most viable, potent and effective herbs for back and joint pain.

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