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.
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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
Soap that says ahhhh! The autumn season calls for comfort! If soup and home baked bread are the comfort foods of the kitchen, handmade soap is like the essence of ahhhh in the bathroom! What are you using to ‘sudz-up’ … Continue reading
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale By James Wood Dandelion is so common to our eyes that it can be often overlooked. But when you understand it’s potent actions, it can become an absolute favorite of the herbal allies. I like dandelion for … Continue reading
A new look at hawthorn By Rebecca Altman of King’s Road Apothecary At the Traditions in Western Herbalism conference last month I was lucky enough to be brought a big bag of hawthorn berries by a friend. Although I’m predominately … Continue reading
The air is getting crispy, and there’s nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold autumn day. Here are some favorite flavors of fall from Poppy Swap! INFUSED HONEYS Ginger Honey from Pixies Pocket MULLING SPICES Mulling Spices … Continue reading
Artist: David Kleinert Ouch! What was that sting? A mosquito? A wasp? A crazy flying squirrel? Now that autumn is here and getting into full swing, most likely it was a spider! And when you see it scuttling away, you may … Continue reading
During our travels on the conference circuit, we met up with Erico Scleicher from The Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine. Needless to say, Erico is a nice guy… Erico Schleicher, LAc, MAcOM, is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist. He has … Continue reading
Nicotiana spp. Photo credit: http://ayalasmellyblog.blogspot.com What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word tobacco? Smoke? Sickness? Cancer? Death? Tobacco is arguably one of the most negatively viewed plants on the Earth. In this article, we … Continue reading
The Hawthorn Berry Written by James This beautiful small red fruit comes from the thorny branches of the hawthorn tree, a tree native to the northern hemisphere continents of Europe, Asia and North America. Here in the northwest, we have … Continue reading
Meet Cascadia’s own Renée Davis! Renée is a community herbalist and cofounder of the Dandelion Seed Community Health Project, which administers the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic and the annual Dandelion Seed Conference: Herbal Medicine for Community and Social Healing. She … Continue reading
An Herbal Gathering in the Desert Our beloved Rebecca Altman and Aviva Romm After a long 12-day road trip, the Poppy Swap team has finally settled back into the home life in Washington. Many amazing connections were made, smiles shared … Continue reading