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Herbalist and raw vegan, Lisa Potter, uses local herbs and plants to maintain a healthy lifestyle

By Kristy Wolfe
Freelance Writer

Have you ever said, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired?”
Lisa Potter was when she started picking up random herb and natural healing books five years ago. Two years ago her intrigue with natural healing started a progression into a more serious dedication. Today, Lisa isn’t sick or tired.
Potter always believed there had to be an easier and healthier way to live than the traditional modern lifestyle. She began buying more books and soon started taking classes through a correspondence course from a school in Utah. Potter is now a licensed family herbalist and is currently working on a license to be a nutritional herbalist as well.
Over time Lisa has become a raw vegan. You won’t find even a toaster oven in her house, because she doesn’t use one. “You don’t cook anything over 115 degrees. This means you do a lot of sprouting and dehydrating,” said Potter. “The heat kills all the good parts.”
After some time on a plant-based diet and doing the recommended detox, Potter has taken herself off daily medications that she was taking has lost weight and improved her skin quality.

“It takes discipline. People have to understand this isn’t something that happens overnight,” said Steve Potter, Lisa’s husband. “Our country isn’t set up to push us in a healthy way. Health food stores have higher prices because they are not subsidized by the government, but they (the health food stores) support local growers.”
So, how many times has Lisa visited the doctor in the last year for routine illnesses? None. “I know we will get sick,” said Lisa. “It isn’t about not getting sick; it is about getting sick less.”
Consuming only vegetables, Potter is often asked where she obtains protein for her body. “Quinoa, a fruit that is rice-like, is the perfect protein and almond milk has more calcium than regular milk.”
Potter went on to explain, “I crave the healthier foods more. The flavor is better, and I don’t miss the other foods. If people would do the healthier habits at least 80% of the time, they would see such a great difference in their overall health. I can teach people how to make the same lifestyle changes I have made.”
Potter is trying to become self-sustainable. She makes her own cleansers which contain antibacterial and antifungal herbs. She makes her own laundry detergent, hand soap and deodorant. “It takes no time at all and is very inexpensive to make,” said Potter.
Now that she has her license, Potter is ready to take her knowledge and services to the public. She cannot diagnose or treat, but she can provide natural healing balms, salves, teas and tinctures. Everything that she grows and uses can be found naturally in our area. Some things that are thought of as weeds by most are actually usable for healing. According to Potter, goldenrod, a hated weed, is a great herb to treat urinary tract inflammation. She has a remedy for pretty much anything and finds catnip to be useful for a variety of ailments, using it as a sleep aid, for joint and muscle pain, and sore throats and colds. “It is funny how cat nip winds cats up, but calms humans down,” said Potter.
Potter finds the irony of nature humorous at times. “God must have a sense of humor,” joked Potter. “Jewel weed treats poison oak and grows right beside of it. It is all here for our use.”
So, what’s next for Potter? Her husband, Steve, is currently working on a greenhouse which he also designed and hopes to open next year. It will be unlike anything that Johnson County currently offers.

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