Community herbalists and plant-lovers Lindsay Wilson and Mandi Sanders founded Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary in February 2013. Currently, Lindsay and her partner Phillip run the apothecary in Starkville, Mississippi.
The apothecary is a local, home-grown, small business serving Mississippi and other Deep South communities with (whole) plant-based preparations. We specialize in offering seasonal, herbal preparations for vital health and well-being. We *deeply* feel that plant-medicine and plant nourishment are cornerstones to personal, family and community health. Not only are the plants important for human health ~ our relationship with these plants ensures ecological health and the preservation of diverse habitats such as wetlands, prairies, and forests.
For almost a decade, Lindsay has been studying and deepening her knowledge and application of herbal preparations, as well as methods of traditional food preparations, wild foraging, and other alternative health modalities such as yoga and meditation. Phillip has spent the last four years studying permaculture, holistic forest management, health & wellness, and ways to steward endangered plant species such as ginseng and goldenseal.
As the Senegalese poet and naturalist Baba Dioum says, “In the end, we will only protect what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand what we are taught.” With this in mind, the apothecary not only makes herbal preparations, we also teach workshops, offer plants walks and even host retreats to deepen understanding about the plant kingdom and its relationship with our health and well-being.
Our small, hands-on apothecary honors the traditions of American Eclectic Herbalism, the Wise Woman tradition, and folk herbalism. The majority of the plant material we use is either grown in our garden or wild-crafted from the wild. We take great care in our harvesting and cultivation methods to ensure the health and well-being of all plant and tree communities we work with.
Check out the ordering page for more information on what is in season and available (and how to order on-line)! You can also visit us at one of dates/locations listed on our Markets page (typically you can find us in Starkville, Jackson or Oxford).
The apothecary is named after Hicashabaha Springs which is currently under asphalt and pavement near downtown Starkville, MS. The intention was to memorialize this spring with the apothecary name as a way to honor a part of the native, local watershed.
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No persons associated with Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary will be held liable or responsible for any form of use or misuse of any herb, herbal preparation or so-called herbal remedy, whether the information was gathered from the Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary website or not.