FAQ

  • Why don't you use herbs that don't grow locally in any of your medicines? In this ultra globalized age, you can generally find any herb you desire for a reasonable price no matter where you are in the world. This accessibility of medicine can be invaluable in some contexts, but Featherbs focuses on the tradition of using the resources that are close at hand. I believe that in so many cases the herb that your body will most benefit from is the one growing right outside your proverbial door, whether that's in your physical backyard or in your general area. For this reason, the Featherbs apothecary uses 100% wild and local plants and only local honey.

  • What if I want a dried herb that I can't find anywhere else? Can I get it from you? I do offer some dried herbs by the ounce or pound. These are available seasonally and are limited according to what I have in stock. Please contact me with the name of the plant and the amount you would like, and I'll do my best to get it into your hands. Because of the nature of a small sized project like Featherbs, I am often able to harvest uncommon herbs in small amounts that are sometimes not widely available in commerce.

  • What if I need the medicine but can't afford it? Because Featherbs sees plant extracts as the earth's medicine for its people, the Apothecary strives to provide many of its items on a monetary platform so that those in need are able to receive healing within their means. I am able to offer work exchange and trade for certain items on a case-by-case basis; contact me for further details.

  • What is your perspective on healers and healing? My studies of native plants and indigenous medicine in Ecuador have been a huge influence on how I view healing as earth-based and medicine men and women as the bridges between plants and people. From the words of the great Sioux Indian medicine man, Black Elk, "I cured with the power that came through me. Of course it was not I who cured. It was the power from the outer world, and the visions and ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds...We are just holes. But as I have used hollow bones for curing, I have decided that it is better to think of medicine people as little hollow bones...The power comes to us first to make us what we should be, and then flows through us and out to others."

  • What are your qualifications? I have a BA in sociology and environmental science from Emory University and an herbal certification from Herb Pharm. I have spent over 1000 hours attending conferences, lectures and classes on herbal medicine, in addition to many more of self study and research. I have completed a certification course in Holistic Veterinary Medicine, and am currently working towards my MA in writing and narrative medicine and my clinical herbalist certification. Currently, there are no formal certifications for herbalism in the US with the exception of the American Herbalists Guild, which offers a Registered Herbalist (RH) distinction to practicing herbalists after an intensive peer-reviewed process. Herbal medicine remains, at its grassy roots, the medicine of the people.

  • What does an herbalist do? An herbalist does not diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any disease. An herbalist recommends, suggests, and educates clients on the use of plant medicines for health and healing.