This place, this little homemade herb shoppe, is the dream of my heart. It’s the place of wildness and plant magic where I roamed as a child. I forgot about it for a long time as life happened and I worked to grow up and fit myself into some responsible, grown-up box. I always turned to herbal remedies when sick to treat myself or my family, but I forgot that connecting with plants and healing with them is part of me and my work in life. And then one day, my heart felt the stirrings of freedom and remembered the plants living and bringing their beauty and life force. I remembered that this is what I want to do, this is what lives in my heart and brings me joy. So I started Lemon Tree Herbs (named after the sweet, prolific Meyer Lemon tree in my backyard) as an expression of this wildness and joy in my heart, the relationship I want to grow with plants, and my desire to share this joy and healing with others.
My practice is to spend time with plants as often as possible. To notice them, sit with them, ask them to teach me, and sometimes I ask politely if I can harvest them to use in medicine. Plants help our bodies heal themselves gently. Plants teach us about the magic and beauty of life.
I wild craft herbs locally in Central Texas whenever possible for my medicines. I also harvest organic herbs from friends’ farms and my own backyard garden. When needed, I order herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs—a reliable, trusted, and ethical herb distributor.
My elixirs and tinctures are extracted into alcohol, which preserves the medicine and makes it easily absorbable into your bloodstream. I use either Tito’s vodka—our local quality vodka that has a clean taste and is gluten-free—or a French brandy. The elixirs are often finished with a bit of local honey to bring a sweet, magical taste to your senses.
Herbalism is a living art. I too am living and learning as I go, and so are you! The best way to use plant medicine is to try it and then tune into how you feel, noticing what is quietly happening in your body and heart. Spend time with plants when you can, and select plant medicine that has been made with love and care from fresh, vibrant plants. That’s where the magic is.
I love to connect with people about plant medicine and talk with you about what is showing up in your life and heart. You can find me at the Austin downtown farmer’s market on 4th and Guadelupe on Saturdays from 9:00-1:00. I also offer herb coaching sessions at an office space in East Austin. Or if you live far away, you can order some herb potions to try, and you can contact me to talk about it if you like!