Your practice is an interesting blend of herbalism and spiritualism. How did that come about?
To me it harkens back to the herbalist / midwives of centuries ago. I consider myself a Hedge Witch and a folk herbalist, although I don’t like to limit myself to labels. I have studied the spiritual and mystical side of plants for many years, specifically Celtic traditions. I owned an herb shop at our local Renaissance Festival focused on the magical side of the plants. I would continually get questions about how to use the herbs in a clinical application, and it was at that point I began to seek out a clinical path on my herbal journey.
We‘re doing this interview in April 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed most businesses. How are you adapting?
My grandmother always told me “necessity is the mother of invention” and I believe that. We now have the time to focus on many things we had been putting on hold for lack of time. My daughter and I have this business together, and we are focusing on education, website development, re-branding and a podcast.
What are some of the H&A products you use most in your practice?
I love these products so much. I was excited to join the group of wonderful people at Herbalist and Alchemist as the Rep for the Pittsburgh area. I love the adaptogen blends, Andrographis is something I am never without, especially now. My personal favorite, which I have used often in my practice, is the Grief Relief.