Lauren Haynes, our founder and clinical herbalist, came to plant medicine via an interest in the counterculture, the counter-cuisine of wild foods, fermentation and eating food fresh from the ground.
She stumbled into medicinal plants by way of deeply nourishing wild foods, and was immediately under their spell. She began her plant journey in 2013 by reading every herbalism book from the 70’s she could find.
After this core curriculum, she dove into a rigorous three-year formal study of herbalism at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health. Lauren began crafting herbal medicines by hand in a converted greenhouse within the lush backdrop of the Appalachian foothills, and all the medicinal plants tucked in woods. Lauren’s studies are centered in folk healing, which inspires her deep trust in nature and her medicine making approach: accessible, easy-to-use, and effective.