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Our Mission


Is to restore herbal knowledge as common knowledge, and to educate our community in the art of keeping an herbal medicine chest.

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Our Mission


Is to restore herbal knowledge as common knowledge, and to educate our community in the art of keeping an herbal medicine chest.

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What We Do


We help people integrate herbal medicine into their lives in two ways. First, we make zines--little booklets, chock full of folk wisdom and information about how to use remedies appropriate to each season. And seconf, we teach classes on wildcrafting and medicine making.

What We Do


We help people integrate herbal medicine into their lives in two ways. First, we make zines--little booklets, chock full of folk wisdom and information about how to use remedies appropriate to each season. And seconf, we teach classes on wildcrafting and medicine making.

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Medicine Makers


These are herbalists who make beautiful remedies! These special people have heard the call to carry the endangered art of making plant medicine. Most of them collect the herbs themselves, load them into their station wagons, and make medicine that is truly infused with practical magic. And even if they don't have a station wagon, they're definitely using organic ingredients and brewing small batches. It's great stuff. We want you to meet them, support them, let them support you.

Medicine Makers


These are herbalists who make beautiful remedies! These special people have heard the call to carry the endangered art of making plant medicine. Most of them collect the herbs themselves, load them into their station wagons, and make medicine that is truly infused with practical magic. And even if they don't have a station wagon, they're definitely using organic ingredients and brewing small batches. It's great stuff. We want you to meet them, support them, let them support you.

Plant medicine: Ali Budner

Ali is a western herbalist based in Oakland, California.  She studied with Red Moon Herbs in Black Mountain, North Carolina and at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California.  Since 2008, she’s led local plant ID walks and taught dozens of classes on herbal self-care and medicine-making in the Bay Area.  Ali offers her salves, sprays, tinctures, and cordials at Homestead Apothecary in Oakland.  In addition to joining the Medicine Chest CSH, Ali will be sharing remedies in collaboration with Little City Gardens  in San Francisco this winter.  

 

the homestead apothecary: nic weinstein

After a decade of engaging with the plants on his own, Nicholas Weinstein moved to Western Mass where he studied herbal medicine with Brittany Wood Nickerson and Dori Midnight and started a Community Supported Medicine (CSM) on an organic farm. In 2013 he moved back to Oakland CA to open Homestead Apothecary which offers a wide array of herbs, remedies and goods all made, collected or grown by mostly local folks who are passionate about their craft. He also has created his own line of herbal medicine products including teas, smoking blends, zines, gem essence sprays and a tincture blend line, which incorporates gem essences made under the light of the moon.

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Herban EliXIrs: Kara Sigler

Kara has been practicing as a Clinical Herbalist in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006. Her remedies are geared towards healing and balancing the physical and emotional bodies of modern humans, as they navigate a fast paced,and stressful world. The Elixirs address digestive disharmonies, stress, hormone imbalance, allergies, pain, and immunity issues. In her clinical work, Kara incorporates Ayurvedic Pulse, Bodywork, and Nutrition into her consults with clients. Kara also teaches workshops on herbal medicine. To learn more about Kara’s practice and Herban Elixirs please visit www.sfherbalist.com or email kara@sfherbalist.com.

Milagro Herbs: Dr. Tomas Enos

Master Herbalist Dr. Tomas Enos has been using, cultivating and sharing his wealth of plant knowledge since 1990. Tomas started by studying with well-known herbalist Michael Moore and then launched Milagro Herbs shortly thereafter. He has wildcrafted and cultivated herbs of the Southwest since Milagros’ inception while formulating proprietary herbal recipes and natural skin care products. The foundation of his life has been to utilize the traditional herbs of our desert Southwest in a contemporary fashion to benefit individual and community health & to oversee the creation of every fine product we produce for optimal purity and effectiveness so you receive maximum benefit.

 

sugarpill: karyn schwartz

Karyn Schwartz is the proprietor of SugarPill, an neighborhood herbal apothecary in Seattle, WA. She has been a practicing community herbalist for 25 years, having learned from and shared her knowledge alongside of many of her favorite herbalists around the country. Karyn also attended the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy in San Francisco, was an adjunct instructor at Bastyr University’s Herbals Sciences Program, and maintained a private practice of herbal and homeopathic medicine for 10 years before opening SugarPill in 2011.

 
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thirteen moons apothecary: trenton rembert

Trenton is a practicing herbalist, medicine maker, and farmer from Portland, Oregon. Since 2006 Trenton has enjoyed connecting to plants through being in the places that they grow, when they are at the best stage for harvest. This practice has taken him to many wild and remote places and also inspired cultivating those exceptional plants that are not naturalized on the west coast. Thirteen Moons Apothecary is about honoring the cycles that move and shape our world; from planting and harvesting to health and disease. Trenton has completed his three year clinical training program at the School of Traditional Western Herbalism. He teaches classes on medicine making, plant ID, ancestral crafts, and food as medicine. Trenton is passionate about making herbalism accessible to those in need. You can find more info at www.thirteenmoonsapothecary.com.

Medicine Chest: Nora Harrington

Nora is a Western Herbalist who specializes in Community Herbalism and Northwest Medicinal Plants. She began her herbal studies in 2005 while interning with a drug addiction rehabilitation center in Peru. Later on, she attended the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, Oregon and co-founded a small herbal remedies CSA out of Bainbridge Island called The Wheel Plant Medicine. As founder and co-owner of The Medicine Chest, Nora curates the shares and co-authors the seasonal publications. She has also lead grief groups for college students and facilitated talking circles for teens and women. Her band, Boobface, is pretty famous.

landsea gomasio: Brooke budner

Brooke is farmer and artist currently living on Orcas Island, Washington.  One of the primary ways that she connects to the place where she lives is through cultivating, raising and foraging food.  You can find her in the woods harvesting nettles and mushrooms, in a rowboat harvesting bull kelp and crab, in the garden weeding vegetables, in the field moving her flock of sheep, or in the kitchen canning, cooking and concocting. LandSea Gomasio is mix of a few of the healthful foods that she wildcrafts on the island and she fell in love with the combination of flavors. She now sprinkles it on almost everything she eats, rice, eggs, salad, etc! and she wants to share it with you! She is the illustrator for The Greenhorns (www.thegreenhorns.net) and other organizations.  Check out her work on her website: brookebudner.squarespace.com/landsea-gomasio/
Previously to landing on Orcas Island she co-founded and managed Little City Gardens, an urban farm in San Francisco, CA. 

 
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wolf medicine: heather wolf

Based on Bainbridge Island, Heather Wolf is an Herbal Brewess, reviving Old World botanical brewing traditions through her lovingly formulated line of raw herbal Iggy's Honey Kombuchas & Thrice Botanical Brews, companies she owns with husband Sean Matteson. Heather has been making herbal potions & other herbal medicines for over a decade, ever enchanted by the wild living world. At nineteen she began studying folk wisdom traditions, the arts of fermentation, brewing, herbalism, as well as ritual & myth-telling arts, with a particular focus on Ayurvedic Medicine and South Indian Myth & Ritual. She leads circles on awakening the inner intelligence through the Vedic Cakra system & chant. She and Nora collaborated to create The Wheel Medicine, a wildcrafted herbal medicine share & education project in 2012.

 

MEDICINE CHEST: MIRABAI TROLL & URSULA— DOG MASCOT

Mirabai is the director ofThe Medicine Chest Problems Department, and a co-owner. She's also a yoga teacher. Mirabai has experienced the benefits of community herbalism first hand— she first became acquainted with herbalism through an herbal remedy CSA and series of small scale workshops. She now forages, crafts, and uses herbal medicines on a regular basis. Mirabai uses her background in creative writing to promote and maintain The Medicine Chest web presence and co-authors the seasonal zines. Ursula loves everything about The Medicine Chest, especially foraging in the woods on damp afternoons.