John Redden is a Western Medical Herbalist with an eclectic background. He has over thirty-five years of experience growing and wild-crafting herbs, manufacturing remedies, teaching, and clinical practice.
Among many notable accomplishments, John is a founding member and former vice-president of the Ontario Herbalists Association, and a co-founder of “A Celebration of Herbs”, Toronto’s largest herbal event. He is also a member of the professional advisory board for the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association, a founding author of the Canadian General Standards Board on Organic Agriculture, and a 2015 recipient of the Herbal Elder of Canada honour – awarded by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Association.
A hands-on teacher of numerous aspects of holistic herbal medicine, John offers popular and advanced classes in his workshop/laboratory, and advanced herbal education at OAND, CAND and CE conferences. He also enjoys collaborating with NDs to produce patient-specific remedies extemporaneously, and has become effective in treating patients with complex medical conditions including cancer. Clinical consultations for patients are available at his office in Toronto.
In the late 1970’s John spent about a year at Findhorn in Forres, Morayshire, Scotland, where he awakened and began an ongoing dialogue with the life-beings and light-beings of creation. The life-force (Vis) was no longer a theoretical “Gaia hypothesis” but became a living reality. This inner understanding and relationship with Nature has informed all of his herbal practice and resulted in the founding of Viriditas Herbal Products Ltd., whose clients include professional herbalists, naturopaths, and medical doctors.
The business name “Viriditas” comes from a Medieval Latin compound word that loosely translates as “The Power of Green.” Hildegard von Bingen coined the term to describe the life-force (Vis), which not only heals through green herbs but also directs, balances and harmonizes all living things. Viriditas Herbal Products Ltd. manufactures herbal tinctures and salves that respectfully transmit the healing power of green from the plants of the Earth to the user.
On a personal level, John is avidly interested in the history of Sciences, especially medicine, gardening, Gregorian chant and wild-crafting in nature. He has been studying and practicing meditation for over forty years and has been a vegetarian for over thirty-five years.