herb·al·ist | \ˈ(h)ər-bə-list \

Definition of herbalist 

1 : a person who practices healing by the use of herbs

2 : a person who collects or grows herbs

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Image When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag. Kerry Hannon, New York Times, "The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult," 5 June 2018 For healers and herbalists, the stakes were high; the wrong plant or preparation could result in death. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 The other three stops on this tour include an Ethiopian restaurant, a traditional Italian deli and a teahouse run by a fifth-generation herbalist. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 Elisa Shankle, a founder, developed the tea blends and elixirs with an herbalist. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "In This House, Everyone’s Welcome," 27 June 2018 Made by an herbalist in the Pacific Northwest, the multipurpose products cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize, and protect against UVA/UVB rays, plus the lavender grains double as a mask. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Best Travel Beauty Kits," 22 Jan. 2018 These herbs are then sold either fresh, dried, or in the form of herbal oils, hydrosols, and syrups to herbalists, herbal manufacturers, brewers, chefs, and directly to consumers. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Meet The Registered Nurse And Herbalist Who Grows Her Own Natural Cures," 28 Aug. 2017 Hultgren is an educator, community herbalist, master gardener and DIY enthusiast. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 Apr. 2018 His parents ran a general store, and his father was a healer and herbalist in a neighborhood where apartheid residency laws forced Chinese immigrants to congregate. John Wilkens, Pomerado News, "Physician turned entrepreneur begins work with new patients: Union-Tribune and L.A. Times," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of herbalist

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of herbalist

: a person who grows, sells, or uses herbs to treat illness


herb·al·ist | \-ləst \

Medical Definition of herbalist 

1 : one who collects or grows herbs

2 : one who practices herbal medicine

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