Shutting Down This Website

First of all, my apologies for shuffling some of you around!  I just closed my Facebook page for the apothecary not too long ago…and now I am shutting down this website!  Bear with me! I also just deleted my personal Facebook page…so just note that you can’t contact me through messager anymore. This is all … Continue reading

Damiana: Inner Sunshine from Our Neighbors in the South

Common Name:  Damiana Latin name:  Turnera diffusa Family:  Turneraceae or Passifloraceae (I’ve seen both) Parts used:  leaves Tissue or system affinity:  Nervous system, Circulatory system Taste:  Pungent Energetics:  warming, slightly drying Actions:  anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, anxiolytic, nervine and metabolic stimulant Uses:  A native plant of southern Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, this … Continue reading

Going out of business SALE!

Going out of business sale! Stock up on hand-harvested, locally-made plant medicine for you and your loved ones! And, please feel free to share! Let me just say that it has been an exhilarating past 4 1/2 years with Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary. It was a time filled with dirt under my nails, scratches on … Continue reading

Kudzu: Pesky Invasive, Necessary Medicine

Grape kool-aid. Grape jelly. The intensely sweet smell of flowering kudzu is simply mind-blowing this time of year. Even though this plant (Pueria lobata) is a nasty invasive in the South…I think it’s important to find creative ways to collaborate with it. I mean, we have no choice at this point. And, I truly sense … Continue reading

Peach: there’s more to it than the fruit!

Common Name:  Peach tree Latin name:  Prunus persica Family:  Rosaceae Parts used:  fresh leaves, fully dried leaves (NOT wilted leaves) Tissue or system affinity:  digestive system, nervous system Taste:  Slightly sweet, aromatic Energetics:  cooling & moistening Actions:  relaxing nervine, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic Uses:  a traditional Southern Folk Medicine herb; use the fresh leaves topically as … Continue reading

Slowing Down at the Apothecary and the Art of Rest

As birth-time nears…I continue to find ways to simplify. At the apothecary, my calendar looked like this on any given month (I am still a paper planner person). Markets to go to. Workshops. Garden clubs to speak to. Tinctures to strain. Things I needed to formulate or make. A reminder to harvest something in the … Continue reading

One Day Tincture Sale!

ONE DAY TINCTURE SALE (wowzas)!  Sale ends 8/10 at 2 pm EST! Hand-harvested – Locally-made – Plant-positive Buy one 4 oz tincture and get one 2 oz tincture FREE! or Buy one 2 oz tincture and get one 1 oz tincture FREE! All tinctures on the ordering page are fair game except the ones listed … Continue reading