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 Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine provides a unique learning experience blending grounded knowledge of the plants with an understanding of energy and self. At Blue Otter, we are dedicated to passing on a First Nations’ understanding of how … Continue reading
Salal (Gaultheria shallon) By James Wood The North West brings an abundance of wild berries, but none so delicious and filling as salal. Salal, part of the Ericaceae family (otherwise known as heather), is a low growing shrub with … Continue reading
By Natalie Vickery, The Family Herbalist Life is stressful to say the least. Consider the burden placed on the body when we are exposed to constant stress. When under stress the body releases chemicals that trigger physiological reactions such as … Continue reading
Three Treasures Farms: Uniting healing herbs and equestrian rehabilitation By James Wood, Wild Water Read our interview with Ferronato Shen of Three Treasures Farms, a non-profit holistic program outside of Eugene, Oregon that focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of … Continue reading
Haina is a natural skin care line made with 100% natural and certified organic ingredients. All Haina products are made fresh to order and are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and anti-aging ingredients. Haina contains no preservatives, petrochemicals, sulfates, GMOs, … Continue reading
Hi! I’m Allyn Cook-Swarts of Pure Intentions, and I am a Certified Natural Health Consultant, Herbal Maker and Skin Care maker. I am a proud Native American living on the beautiful Pamunkey Indian Reservation. I bring my Organic and all … Continue reading
Flower Essences Written by James Wood, Wild Water What is a flower essence? For those of you who have not been exposed to these unique forms of plant preparations, a flower essence: “is the vibrational imprint of a flower … Continue reading
Yet another beautiful bio-regional blog! This time around, we’re heading to the mountains of Southern California. By Rebecca Altman, Kings Road Apothecary Summer has hit Southern California! At sea level the air is warming up, but up in the mountains, … Continue reading
Herbal Healing from the Amazon Meet Aubrey Bamdad, the creator behind Qori Inti: Amazonian Herbals. Qori Inti offers plant offerings from the Amazon. This region blossoms with many different medicinal plants and Aubrey is there in all of it’s vibrancy with a … Continue reading
The Dream Medicine Written by James Wood (Artemesia sucksdorfii) The mugwort plant has been popping itself up all over the Northwest lately. For an herbalist, this is great news as it means spending time with and getting to know the … Continue reading