Martine MelilloICOHS Instructor

    Herbalist Martine Melillo grew up on the island of Kaua‘i where she was educated in Hawaiian mythology, native plants, and culture through her elders, years dancing hula, and daily life on the island. Martine originally worked as a Prevention Educator in the Sex Assault Treatment Program for the YWCA of Kaua‘i. Being passionate about women’s rights and empowerment this was an appropriate place for her for a number of years. With a continuing desire to serve women, she became a Birth Doula and went back to school. She attended Kauai Community College where she studied Hawaiian Botany and obtained an Associates degree. As a student, she worked in various health food stores, specifically in the natural health aid section, where she was educated in plant medicine. At this point, she decided to pursue herbology as a career. Recently moving to San Diego to further her knowledge of western plants, she attended and graduated Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies in Ocean Beach, while working as an herbalist at In Harmony Herbs and Spices. Continuing her passion for teaching, she coordinated the Herbal Certificate Program at School of Healing Arts, as well as offering similar classes around the county. Being true to her roots she likes to focus her classes on the cultural significance, spiritual properties, and historical uses of medicinal herbs. “My intention is to center on the point where culture meets science.”