Do you want to learn about growing your own personal wellness garden?
Are you interested in learning to make your own inexpensive, herbal preparations?
Are you interested in learning to incorporate more healthy herbs in your diet?
Stephany Hoffelt is an Iowa-based herbal educator and consultant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where she studied herbalism and ethnomedicine.
In addition to offering local classes and herbal consultations, she teaches at workshops around the country and is a contributor to the Herbal Academy's advanced course.
Stephany also writes for various herbal publications including: Plant Healer Magazine, Natural Herbal Living Magazine, The Essential Herbal and the Herbal Academy's Herbarium.
Where to find quality herbs?
Ideally, we could all go out and gather our medicine from pristine woods and green meadows, however the reality of wild crafting here in Iowa is that you have to be quite careful about where you source your raw materials.
The small managed recreational areas we have spray herbicides or pesticides and road side ditches are often reservoirs for agricultural run-off.
Growing your own wellness garden is a fulfilling project. As a Johnson County Master Gardener, I have been helping people learn about gardening for years.
I studied ecological design at Goddard because I feel that gardens based on ecological design create pockets of wellness in the ecosystem and promote mutually beneficial relationships with other species, healing the rift between humans and nature.
This is an integral part of making connections. If you are not inclined toward gardening, check with local herbalists and farmers when looking for supplies.
Herbal Medicine Makers
If you aren't the do-it-yourself type and can't find something locally, I have spent a lot of time traveling the country and visiting various vendors markets. The following links will take you to the websites of some of the best medicine makers in the country.
I definitely don't want to be a sleazy marketer but I am looking for ways to make the website more self-supporting. I have those student loans to pay off now. :-/
This widget to the left will take you to a little Amazon store I set up that is stocked with various items I have mentioned on the blog over the years. These are products that I have personally purchased and tested in my still room, over the years. So I feel pretty good in recommending the items.
I am sure there are cheaper places to buy the Frontier bulk herbs, but hey if you are feeling like being supportive, I'd appreciate it.
The full store also has links to the book that students in my year-long program will need to pick up.