About Dr. Martha
Master Teacher, Healthcare Program Designer and Consultant,
Integrative Nurse Psychotherapist, Improvisational Poet, Herbal Diplomat,
Author, Award-winning Historian (19th C. Am Healthcare Reform/Botanicals/Religion/Nursing).
Dr. Libster comes from a long family lineage of healthcare reformers and is always seeking innovative ways to provide the best, most cost-effective, and simplest ways for achieving sustainable health. Dr. Libster was first introduced to partnering with healing plants by her grandfather and mother. The principles of herbal medicine-making that she learned early in life have been the foundation for her services and publications seeking to advance the science and the art of integrative healthcare and nursing.
Dr. Libster is an international authority on the restructuring of health systems to incorporate indigenous knowledge, specifically traditional beliefs, and practices in botanical medicine. She is responsible for introducing innovations in integrative holistic care, nurse-herbalism, and health culture diplomacy, such as her Elements of Care™ Self-Care System to the American public, health professionals, and acclaimed institutions around the world. Dr. Libster has been a guest speaker at the World Health Organization, the Royal College of Nursing, the United States Botanic Garden and numerous professional associations, public events, universities, and botanic gardens around the world.
Dr. Libster is perhaps best known for her extensive repertoire of botanical science-based Simple Solutions in Self-Care as well as her memorable stories of encounters with powerful healing plants. As a historian and storyteller, she embodies traditional wisdom that the “medicine is in the story.” Her publications and courses draw you into her unique plant perspective and the integrative insights she has drawn about consciousness from her healing partnerships with humans and plants.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Libster has studied and applied the science of harmony and balance and the ancient philosophy of hermeticism in affecting change in the core patterns of healing as consciousness. Dr. Libster’s Elements of Care System™ is informed by the integration of the ancient knowledge of energetic patterns as explained by Traditional Chinese Medicine with biomedical science from the disciplines of nursing and behavioral health.
Dr. Libster’s passion for the study of consciousness and energetics began at age seven during her training as a professional dancer in the American modern dance tradition known as the Denishawn. Her unique and highly intuitive approach to consultation and teaching is a result of the integration of her love of the science of energy flow, expressive arts therapies, and teachings on spirituality and healing east and west. Her health culture diplomacy work was a natural development as she began her professional life in the healing arts by simultaneously training in nursing and traditional German foot reflexology with herbal and essential oil applications. Dr. Libster founded the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House in 2006 and the Ivy League in 2019 to provide educational events and world cafés for health professionals, indigenous and traditional wisdom keepers, and the public who would collaborate to solve tough health problems through a health culture diplomacy approach.