It was a year ago that Mandi & I had this picture taken at the SE Women’s Herb Conference, a 1000+ attended conference near Asheville, NC. We had almost completed our first year of growth at the apothecary.
And, just at the two year mark this year, things have begun to shift. Mandi is expecting another little one to make her family a total of five! And, I have decided to keep the apothecary moving forward, solo.
As Mandi stated in her farewell and thank you blog post earlier this week, she’ll be shifting her energy to the home-place and to her teachings around herbs, family health, and maternal care. These are areas Mandi not only excels at but is passionate about. Also, we’ll continue to collaborate on all things herbal, so stay tuned!
It has been a wild ride these first two years! We’ve learned a lot about how to run a small business, feed our souls, and get plant-based preparations out into the community. The apothecary will only build on that solid foundation and continue to grow, create, and evolve. I’m truly thankful for this opportunity to keep the fire burning at Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary.
Over 10 years ago I started to learn about herbal medicine after going to an herbalist myself with some severe health concerns. Along with dietary and lifestyle changes, herbs helped me heal my body of arrhythmia, insomnia, depression, dizzy spells, and anxiety. I am truly thankful for the plant kingdom for supporting me through that very challenging time.
And, of course…considering how much by body was healing…I just had to find out more! I began to study with the herbalist I went to…he then referred me to an intensive, 6-month program that I attended in 2006. I continued to seek out workshops and presentations after this while spending more time out in the mountains and woods. I then left my work in the non-profit/social work sector and moved to Western NC to continue my studies in herbalism and meditation in Winter of 2009. I found my way back to Mississippi (my roots) in the Winter of 2012.
It’s been an amazing journey… And, it’s good to be back in Mississippi doing what I love. Thank you for supporting this work, for supporting plant-based medicine, and for growing holistic healing community in the Deep South. We see ourselves as one thread in a tapestry of holistic services that are finally becoming available in once under-served areas.