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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.
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Herbal Iced Teas: Good Summer Sippin’ By Melanie from Herb Geek I remember the very first time my little toddler sampled juice. It was at his grandma’s house, and, naturally, he loved the taste. He quickly learned to ask … Continue reading
Cynthia Johnston is the dreamer and creator of MoonMaid Botanicals. MoonMaid Botanicals provides products that are good for the people and the planet! All the products are made with ingredients that are certified organic, wild crafted, or grown in … 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
Moxabustion is a Traditional Asian Medical technique of smudging the body with the prepared wool of Artemisia/Mugwort. It is most commonly used during acupuncture treatment but can is also very effective as it’s own therapy. There are many different species … Continue reading
By James Wood The Northwest is a place that sees small bits of sunlight in the winter months, which means a lack of vitamin D! What are we to do about this precious vitamin when our most abundant source, the … Continue reading
It’s time for a Poppy Swap contest! Summer has brought an abundance of delicious, local foods. We all love our farmer’s markets, and many of us have the pleasure of dipping into the delicacies found right in our own backyard! … 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
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
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
Fermentation… By James Wood, Wild Water What is fermentation in a nutshell? Basically, it is food going bad. Slowly. Now why would anyone want to eat food that has gone bad? Let’s think about some foods that have in fact … Continue reading