Hello fellow poppyswappers!
I'll introduce myself first by saying that I am so excited to be here with you! I am so amazed by the good works of our herbalists, vendors and teachers and I would like Poppy Swap to be a vehicle that nurtures us as a community. There is so much positivity and sweetness in what we are doing and I look forward to working together and providing something of beauty to our world.
I grew up as an environmentalist, tree hugger, moon chaser and kitchen alchemist. My life changed dramatically at the age of 22 when I was hit by a car and sustained severe injuries to my legs and back. Within two years, I began studying acupuncture at Bastyr University in Seattle. While there, I was honored to study with amazing herbalists and physicians. But the best part of my education came from the 3 years I spent on staff in our herb pharmacy. I spent my afternoons reading herb prescriptions from our doctors and students and filing formulas for the patients at our herb clinic. Smelling, scooping, blending, and caressing the herbs, I had the chance to study and meet them while witnessing how they work and how people respond to their impact.
For the last ten years, I have continuously studied Chinese Medicine throughout the United States and Asia and have been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in my small town community practice. I have also studied the herbs of my own region with Suzanne Jordan at Cedar Mountain Herb School and co-write a blog on NW herbal medicine: medicinewomen.wordpress.com.
I live deep in the quiet woods on an island in the Pacific NW surrounded by nurturing cedar and majestic douglas fir, the earth breathes fertile and moist in my evergreen forest.
I am deeply motivated to help people create community that values nature and to to assist people in developing natural / sustainable businesses.
I am also deeply motivated to assist people in experiencing the healing love and offerings of the plants.
I believe Poppy Swap can do all of those things!
Let's rock the swap!