“When you consider something like death, after which (there being no news flash to the contrary) we may well go out like a candle flame, then it probably doesn’t matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, care for one another too deeply, are excessively curious about nature, are too open to experience, enjoy a nonstop expense of the senses in an effort to know life intimately and lovingly.” ~ Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
I want to take a moment to offer my gratitude to the community that has grown up around Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary over the past four years. Yes, on the Spring Equinox (around March 22), the apothecary will be FOUR years old!!! Hard to believe!
I also want to share that in the spring, my partner and I will be moving to a state nearby. I will still be in the South. I will still keep the apothecary purring along. I will still have a spring/summer CSA (that I will begin promoting that tomorrow!). And, the apothecary will still be called Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary.
However, some things at the apothecary will change. I will slowly do less formulation and take on more work with clients and do more teaching/writing. I will keep some tried and true formulas in stock, but just know that what I have offered normally on the website will change. So, please be sure to check the ordering page before you place an order or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though I won’t be making hand-crafted herbal medicine from the heart of Mississippi in a few months, I will still be offering plant medicine from the South…where my roots are and have been for generations. Thank you for being on this journey with me…I have met so many wonderful people (and many of you I have only emailed and never met!).
With that said, I have a 3-part, in-person herb course coming up in east central Mississippi which begins on March 5th. It’s filled to the brim with all kinds of people: beginner herbalists, naturalists, artists, native plant buffs, health practitioners, and more… I have been planning this as a gift between me and the people here…because I knew I was about to move on. I am really looking forward to it.
Of course, I will be back! But, not as a full-time gig…
…and so…I continue down the path of commitment to exploring plant medicine and what it has to offer us in this complicated and yet beautiful world…
Pictured above: My Mississippi grandmother’s jacket that she had made by a Chinese-American tailor in Norfolk, VA. She wore it in the 50s. My mother wore it in the 70s. And now, I’m wearing it to remind me of my family and the women who did the best they could with what they had. (The plants are fringe tree, blazing star, and prickly pear.)