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Work with Arati Ursus

Consultation books are now open. 

Arati works with physical, emotional and spiritual health concerns. Her herbal remedies take the form of teas, tinctures, and flower essences. 


New! Custom Flower & Gem Essence -- 20 minutes $50 

       Flower and gem essences are amazing for dealing with emotional stress and imbalances--they can sometimes resolve or improve physical health problems too. Arati found these to be amazing during her recovery from a head injury. She often uses them with clients, family members, and even pets. Have a quick zoom or telephone conversation and get a custom essence for opening up roads to ease your current struggles.

Custom essence testimonial:
“I cannot say enough positive reflections about my flower essence reading. Within days of starting the specialized flower essence blend that was created for me, I began to feel an energetic shift in my body and mind. The amount on inspiration and creativity pulsing through my veins has become so palpable and I don’t even remember the last time I felt this connected to source. I highly recommend Brown Bear Herbs and the intuitive and thoughtful approach to consultations. I will definitely be back for more life-altering amazingness!” 
Sara, P. Portland, Oregon flower essence reading for creative work
"Thank you so much for listening and asking great questions. I’ve never had someone be so interested in the issue, so it’s refreshing."
Carson, B, Portland, Oregon, Herbal Consultation

"I had been wanting to work with an herbalist for some time now. I wanted to quit smoking cigarettes and found Arati through a google search for herbal cigarettes. I immediately felt drawn to work with her beyond just ordering cigarettes. After our first appointment, where I shared my struggles with ending an abusive relationship, she sent me a package of tea, tincture, flower essence and smokes. Three days after starting the regimen, I ended the relationship I had struggled for months to leave, and have not gone back since. I truly attribute this, in particular, to the flower essence, which I felt led to take more of in those first few days. My energy and boundaries definitely shifted, and I felt an anger and determination rise up in me to then finally end something that had brought me such harm and stress. I am so incredibly grateful for her intuition, her work, and her passion to heal!! Thank you, Arati!!"

Alyssa R. Chester, New Jersey, Herbal Consultation


Initial Full Herbal and Flower and Gem Essence consultation $90-170 sliding scale (self-determined), typically 90-120 minutes

Follow up Herbal consultations $60-$95, 60 minutes or less.

Contact Arati (she/her) at or text 503-729-1602 for an appointment.


Arati Ursus is the founder and herbalist behind Brown Bear Herbs. She is on the Board of Directors for Herbalists Without Borders. She is also a member of the Herbalists Without Borders, Healing Project, Mobile Clinic team in Queens, NY. @thp_the_healing_project on Instagram.

She arrived at herbalism through dreaming. She spent many years working through lucid dreaming and shifting the waking time. What was most important to her was the aha-moment when some seemingly fixed part of her life changed. She finds herbs to be a very easy access point to that experience. For example, many health problems she had been told were uncurable by medical doctors, were remedied with relative ease by herbs.

Tobacco smoking is said to be one of the hardest addictions to break. With our smoking blends that process is often said to be easy. Life is not fixed. With the right supports many things naturally can be released for better physical, emotional, and/or spiritual health.

The organic herbal smoking blends we make are intended to satisfy the underlying reasons why people smoke. They are non-addictive so it is possible to smoke them while releasing your tobacco addiction.We make other herbal products that are also transformative, including dream teas.

Arati has 15+ years of experience offering plant medicine and herbal knowledge. She holds a BA from Smith College and received a Master of Nursing and Healthcare Practice degree from the University of Iowa and practiced as an RN for 10 years in the fields of non-vascular neurology and vascular access. This gave her a broad understanding of the human body and western medicine which is very helpful to be a conscientious herbalist.

In addition to the business Arati works on a variety of projects to support human rights for women and children through food, herbs, and access to education and legal support*. She has received international recognition for her community work. 

She sends big Thank You's to her meditation teacher: Shri Anandi Ma and in general to the paths of Kundalini Maha yoga and Kundalini yoga. Without which she would not be the intuitive healer she is today.

And of course to many amazing herbalists who shared their knowledge and ways: Matthew Wood, Scott Kloos, Deborah Frances, ND, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, others.

*Current and previous organizations include but are not limited to: Portland's Rahab Sisters, Raices Texas, The Malala Fund, the Nature Conservancy, Portland Audubon, Los Sagrados in Baja Sur California, Planned Parenthood, & Standing Rock.