Bryan Murphy, Herbalist

My journey into herbal medicine first started with the desire to know more about primitive living skills. I felt a strong connection to the old ways of living, and I adopted the philosophy of understanding the basics of living before allowing myself to be spoiled by technology and conveniences. When I was young, fresh out of college and looking to get my career going. In 2008 the recession was in full swing. Everyone was hesitant to hire someone with little experience and I was struggling.

In my spare time I began studying survival skills and permaculture, which would lead me to seek certification in permaculture design on a farm north of Seattle. By this time I landed a job and took some time off to seek this certification.

On the farm my fascination with plants, soil, cultivation, and health grew from there. After spending some time in the nursery where each plant had a display of information and a list of medicinal qualities, I started diving into the book I took with me by herbalist Michael Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West.

After a lengthy time of self-study,  I decided that researching alone was not fulfilling to what I needed to know. I need to have someone who knew what they were talking about guide me.

I started formal training through the School of Natural Healing and then further, in-depth clinical herbalism skills through my mentor Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa from the International Integrative Educational Institute. The training and study was very in-depth and included spending clinical time with real people, discussing their health, and then developing herbal and dietary recommendations.

Bryan Murphy, herbalist Spokane Valley, WA

My Values

My philosophy is to empower individuals to take action in regard to their own healthcare rather than be a spectator waiting to be given cure. I believe that the individual is ultimately the one who will decide what their health will be. And so I focus on providing the tools like education to encourage people to make this shift to being active in their own healing.


Mental, physical, emotional, spiritual wellbeing are all connected in facilitating healing. Herbal medicine is the tool that will help in restoring energy and overcoming your health concerns.


Families provide a foundation of support and is the base for our communities. Herbs can be used safely and effectively in all stages of life from pregnancy to retirement to feel your best.


I make myself available to answer questions and to listen to what you are experiencing and when  necessary, offer solutions.


Knowledge is empowering. I want you to walk away with information that you can take into your own hands to be self-reliant, knowing you can handle anything that pops up.


Herbal medicine when combined with good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices can create positive changes more quickly. When necessary, I refer to other health professionals that will support our work together.


Balance, family, support, education, and integration all come together to empower the individual to seek out answers to their concerns. My mission is to provide the tools and to further empower you to take charge of your own health.

Professional Credentials

Areas of Study

  • Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Western Materia Medica

  • Plant Chemistry

  • Digestive System

  • Cardiovascular System

  • Respiratory System

  • Urinary System

  • Endocrine System

  • Immune System

  • Reproductive System

  • Musculoskeletal System

  • Pediatrics

  • Geriatrics

  • Formulation

  • Environmental & Allergy

  • Toxicology

education background

  • Over 1000 hours of botanical medicine education

  • 400 hours of clinical experience

  • Clinical Mentorship, 400 hours educational, 150 hours clinical
  • Materia Medica (+400 hours documented)
  • Botany and Plant Identification (+80 hours documented)
  • Knowledge of over 150 medicinal plants
  • Mentors/Teachers
    • Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), A.D., D.N.-C, R.H.
    • Gwen Nagano LMP
    • Dr. Ralph Capone ND

Professional Experience

  • Consulted with people since 2015

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Online Courses & Webinars

  • Oct 5, 2021, Nutritional Therapy Certification – Online, Khalsa
  • Feb 1, 2019, 48h, Advanced Herbal and Nutritional Skills Course – Online, Khalsa

  • May 18, 2015, 1h, Getting Seasonal Allergy Relief Naturally, Khalsa

  • May 7, 2015, 1h, Monthly Case Review: Herbalists, Nutritional Therapists & Natural Healing Enthusiasts Welcome!, Khalsa
  • April 8, 2015, 1h, Monthly Case Review: Herbalists, Nutritional Therapists & Natural Healing Enthusiasts Welcome!, Khalsa
  • March 28, 2017 1.5h, Essential Medical Interview Skills for the Herbalist with Paul Bergner, RH (AHG)
  • September 17, 2016, 1h, A Closer Look at Lemon Balm with Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)
  • February 25, 2015, 1.5h, Samuel Thomson: Lessons from a Pioneer Herbalist with Steven Horne
  • August 8, 2014, 1.5h, The First Twenty: Skills Learned From 20 Years of Herbal Practice & Teaching with Bevin Clare
  • August 4, 2014, 1.5h, Herbs for the Mouth with Leslie Alexander, RH(AHG)
  • May 1, 2014, 1.5h, Preparing a Case Study for Review with Patricia Kyritsi-Howell
  • April 5, 2014, 1.75h, Introduction to Pulse Diagnosis with Michael Tierra
  • December 17, 2013, 1.75h, Natural Support for Brain Health with Mimi Hernandez
  • October 16, 2013, 1.5h, Beyond Ashwaganda: Little Known Uses for Ayurvedic Herbs with KP Khalsa
  • September 12, 2012, 1.5h, Hormonal Symphony: A Whole Body View of Endocrine System with Bev Maya
  • October 13, 2011, 1.75h, Herbs and Emotional Healing with Steven Horne
  • September 13, 2011, 2h, Vascular Health: Maintaining Healthy Blood Vessels with Mimi Hernandez
  • August 15, 2011, 1.75h, Fibromylagia with Karta Purkh Singh (KP) Khalsa

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