“If the sight of blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” -Eleonora Duse
I didn’t begin my career life thinking I’d be an herbalist. Herbalism, or the wonder and awe at what plants can do when they are harnessed and used in relationship with the physical/mental/emotional body, is a thing one journeys into by experiencing plant power. My love of wild places, trees older and wiser than me, cycles of seasons and sun and moon, mountain streams and their wildflowers, the capabilities of nature outside human influence, have always been significant to me. From the time I could walk my parents viewed family vacations as events that should happen in a tent in the woods, not hotels at exotic destinations, so I fell in love with being outdoors. Then I went to art school and began a career in specialty coffee, but my reset was always alone, lost in the wildest places I could access.
Plants have always held magic for me, and when I began to use them in my daily life to nourish and heal myself, my eyes were reopened to the powerful things the earth so freely offers up.
Opening jars of dried flowers and berries to prepare myself a simple mug of bedtime tea brings pungent sweet, clean, juicy, irresistible fragrances that cannot be reproduced outside the plant world. Smells that hold within them the power to calm, cleanse, and heal.
I’d love nothing more than to be your friend and ally as you explore what plants can offer you.