What I do.
My mission is to serve any one who desires to live in connection with nature through hand-crafted products and guided inner-journey work. Through pragmatic and practical methods, I hope to create a wild space within the city that has little impact/harm on our Earth all while creating community and practice the ritual of offerings.
Why I do it.
I believe that there is a lost culture with herbs and healing methods, and it is up to us, the herbalists and healers, to allow as much access as possible to our community and the ones who need it the most.
Family & Friendship -- One of the many approaches that I take is building a strong relationship with my clients and community to build a real sense of family and friendship.
Spirituality -- I am a guide to help others connect to their spiritual practice through an array of tools and modalities.
Health & Wellness -- Our main focus is the wellness component of the people through herbal and natural resources.
Ethics -- My moral compass includes sound, pragmatic, and practical applications to all of the work I do.
Community -- We move through our work with a strong focus on the overall wellbeing of our community.
Education -- We value the practice of teaching and learning within community to harvest the valuable information of herbs and healing.
Who am I
Founder, 13 Moons Apothecary
Certified Herbalist, MSSW
I am a Certified herbalist and wildcrafter, devoted to the planet and all its inhabitants. I believe deeply in the wisdom of the natural world, and practice prayer and meditation daily to understand the messages I receive from my garden and spirit. In my meditations, I envision I am the plants with roots going deep into the ground, stem drinking in the sun and water, and flowers blooming for all to see.
My healing journey began in 1998 when I began working with essential oils. From my humble start, I have dedicated myself as an energetic plant ambassador, crafting beautiful products for my home and body temple which are filled with nourishment and channeled from spirit. Beyond my own journey with herbal allies, I have studied with Jennifer Costa through the Elder Moon Herbal School whose lineage tradition flows from her teachers Pamela M., and Rosario A., to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and love.
I believe it is important for plant practitioners to get to know the spirit of a plant by working initially with only one plant at a time. I call this process Slow Herbalism, and during my years of work with herbal allies I have come to understand the connection between our intentional consumption of nature, and our connection with all that surrounds us.
I have been honored to facilitate Women’s mystery circles, and have been the celebrant of rites of passage ceremonies including mother's blessing ceremonies, weddings, and initiations of emergence.
In addition to my devotions to plants, I believe deeply in the power of community, which inspired my master's degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville. I know deeply that whatever conundrums we as a people have found ourselves in, we can find solutions to all of our problems, as long as we do it together in our communities - we cannot fail.
When I am not harvesting herbal allies, or in my apothecary, I can be found with my sons, family, community engagements, friends, or tending to my spiritual practice. I find inspiration and motivation through self-care, deep real relationships, laughter, nature, love making, purification, rituals, circling, embodied movement, meditation, prayer, and studying. I look forward to our paths crossing. Be well, and take care of yourself, and our holy sacred Earth.
The content of this website is strictly the opinion of Michelle G., and is for informational and educational purposes only. The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or health care provider. The information provided by this website or this company is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a health care provider, and should not be construed as individual medical advice.