It was his encounters with the Reishi mushroom that inspired James to explore the rainforests of Washington. Lucky for us he never left! James is an explorer of all things wild. Wild water, wild food, wild medicine and wild nature! He is the manager of our Community Map and Social Media team on Poppy Swap.
Kiki → Visit my store
Kiki is an East Coast transplant living in the deep cedar forests of the Pacific NW. In her life long study of Chinese Medicine, she has studied with herbalists all over the world but it was her love affair with the local Mugwort growing on her small island that brought her to her passion for local herbalism. She is the Creative Director for Poppy Swap and shares her hand~spun moxa and mugwort products through her Poppy Swap shop Moxa NW.
Kristie → Visit my store
Originally from Northern California, Kristie moved to Westcliffe, Colorado to LIVE her dream life. Cultivating a garden in the Rocky Mountains, sharing her fields with her horses, dogs and feline friends she stays constantly inspired to learn and grow. Kristie is the social butterfly of Poppy Swap, as the Marketing Director and Event Coordinator. She is currently studying herbalism with Aviva Romm and offers her own line of herbals through Spirit Horse Herbals on Poppy Swap!
Natalie → Visit my store
Natalie is a Traditional Herbalist whose roots are firmly planted in the South. Although she was born and raised in Tennessee, Natalie has spent the past 24 years living and loving life in North Florida. Natalie provides consultations as well as classes and is one of the founding members of the North Florida Holistic Network, a Non-Profit organization which is dedicated to promoting holistic and sustainable practices. She sells her herbal products on Poppy Swap as The Family Herbalist.
Rebecca → Visit my store
Rebecca is a Scottish girl who lives in the wilds of Los Angeles. She spends her time cooking wild foods, concocting magic healing potions, painting, and running her herb business, King's Road Apothecary, here on Poppy Swap.
Susan → Visit my store
After years of activism in Vermont, Susan moved to her family's home in Fryeburg, Maine with views of her beloved White Mountains where she grew up, to dig in the Earth, learn from the healing plants and trees, and replenish her spirit. The first thing she did was put in a large, organic garden that has grown and evolved over the years into a beautiful and enchanted space, a mix of flowers, healing herbs, veggies, "weeds", rocks, crystals, and many surprises. Her land is bordered by huge white pines, large maples, and the old course of the Saco River. After years of sharing her creams, salves, and other herbal creations with family and friends, she created Gaia's Garden Herbals to offer them to the public. Everything is made in very small batches with only the best ingredients, often from her garden or wild-harvested nearby, and lots of love.
Author Archives: James
The 2013 Montana Herb Gathering Image from montanaherbgathering.org “The Montana Herb Gathering is an annual event bringing together herbalists, wildcrafters, manufacturers, farmers, students and other herbal enthusiasts from across Montana and around our bioregion. We are dedicated to teaching and … Continue reading
By Rebecca Altman of King’s Road Apothecary Here in Southern California, the weather has been very odd- it seems as if it can’t quite decide whether it wants to be hot or cold, and as a result, the mornings and … Continue reading
by James Wood From the great dane to the goldfish, the list of pets that we love to love is long! Part of our work is to help our animal friends thrive and live healthy lives in relationship to humans. … Continue reading
by Susan Meeker-Lowry of Gaia’s Garden Herbals Fall is a bittersweet time of year for me signaling the end of the growing season and heralding the dark, cold months ahead. So I tend to draw out the last garden tasks … Continue reading
By James Wood Anytime is a good time to be prepared. Whether you’re backpacking in the mountains, at work, or at home watching the kids, it’s always good to know how to treat an injury. The ‘first-aid kit’ is well … Continue reading
Red Belted Polypore by James Wood There are many, many different kinds of plants and fungi on the face of this planet. The plant world carries much medicine that we can use for our health in a number of ways, … Continue reading
by Natalie Vickery from The Family Herbalist One of the staples that I always keep in my kitchen is garlic. Not only do I love the taste of garlic, but it is one of my favorite go to remedies for … Continue reading
Birth! Children! Life! Meet Maria Chowdhury’s Birth Song Botanicals, a Poppy Swap store offering everything life giving and birth-centered. Here’s a short blurp from Maria, the store’s founder and owner: “My name is Maria Chowdhury. I am a midwife, mother, … Continue reading
by James Wood The cold weather, depending on your ecosystem, usually means that we spend more time inside of our warm dwellings. Less time outdoors engaging in exercise causes us to become sedentary, and can lead to stagnation. During a … Continue reading
Alexis is the herbologist and medicine-maker at WORTS + CUNNING APOTHECARY. She lives in a traveling urban homestead, creating mischief wherever she can, serving lots of tea, and dancing in communities ripe for revolution. As an herbologist she attempts to … Continue reading