Pacific Northwest & beyond
Herb Resources for our region and local community include herb schools, herb guilds, herbal retreat centers, herb stores, sources of teawares, gems and flower essences, plus recommended healers, cafe’s and restaurants that serve our wonderful teas.
Pacific Northwest Education Centers and Retreats
American Herbalist Guild (AHG) – www.americanherbalistsguild.com Find your local Northwest chapter by checking in with this national organization. AHG’s primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism. A non-profit, educational organization which represents the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants, AHG has been bringing herbal communities together to share their love of herbs since 1989.
Breitenbush Hot Springs and Conference Retreat Center – www.breitenbush.com A forested mountain retreat offering year-round workshops, personal retreats and day trips, hosting the wonderful Breitenbush Herbal Conference each September. Natural, rock-ringed hot spring pools perch above a flowing river surrounded by ancient forests in the central Oregon Cascades. Visit and explore forested trails, sacred labryinths, yoga-meditation sanctuaries, natural hot springs and an impressive historic lodge serving up scrumptious organic vegetarian cuisine. Ah! a little piece of heaven on earth.
Cedar Mountain Herb School – www.cedarmountainherbs.com One of the longest-running herbal education schools in the Pacific Northwest, taught by bioregional herbalist, Suzanne Nagler in beautiful Skagit Valley, Cedar Mountain offers “get out into nature” herbal apprenticeships, herbal workshops, herbal intensives and herbal products.
Crow’s Daughter – www.crowsdaughter.com Crow’s Daughter’s Earthly Goods is located on Whidbey Island and offers herbal creations hand-crafted in the Wise Woman Tradition, sharing the compassionate wisdom of the plants and cultivating seeds of possibility. Crow’s Laughter Mystery School offers a Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program, a monthly Herbal Wisdom Circle, Home Study Courses, Individual Sessions in Seattle and at our farm, Prosperity Groups, Prosperity Coaching Sessions and Shamanic Herbal Teachings by phone and Herbal Wisdom Mentorships for Children and Teens.
Earth Sanctuary – www.earthsanctuary.com A nature reserve and retreat center on Whidbey Island, the Earth Sanctuary combines exemplary ecology with art and spirit to create a sanctuary for birds and wildlife and a peaceful place for personal renewal and spiritual connection. A small fee for this 72 acre preserve is worth the visit.
Healing Massage, Local Coops & Natural Health Mercantiles
Jade Forest Massage – www.jadeforestmassage.com Highly recommended, excellent full body and Healing Stone Massage in a beautiful private forest setting just outside Port Townsend
Shannon Ryan – www.harpandhealingarts.com Gentle and amazingly deep Holistic Massage, Energy Medicine and Sound Healing near Chetzemoka Park, Port Townsend
Chimacum Corner Farmstead – www.chimacumcorner.com A small rural grocery featuring “FOOD FROM HERE” – scrumptious food grown or produced in the mountain rimmed fertile valleys of Washington State’s NE Olympic Peninsula.
Port Townsend Food Coop – www.foodcoop.coop The goal of PT organic whole foods store is to provide a broad range of pure, whole, staple foods and other essential items, like organic herbal teas! Proud to make available to our community fair-priced local and organic products every day – you don’t have to be a co-owner to shop. The entire community benefits by being able to purchase delicious, minimally processed whole foods made organically, without harmful chemicals or additives
Quimper Mercantile – www.quimpermercantile.com Cultivating Local Prosperity and Inspiring the World, Quimper Mercantile Company, along Port Townsend waterfront, is an innovative community-owned general store passionately committed to creating a positive and sustainable impact on our community by providing an exceptional local shopping experience.
Uptown Nutrition – www.uptownnutrition.com Port Townsend’s only independent Wellness Store in the Uptown PT district. Natural supplements, natural body care, herbs and organic herbal teas. Uptown Nutrition provides education based guidance that inspires customers to realize their full health potential.
Recommended Cafe’s, Bistros & Restaurants
Silverwater Cafe’ – www.silverwatercafe.com A Port Townsend iconic, classic Northwest restaurant serves excellent locally-sourced foods, supreme loose teas, desserts and excellent drinks – no matter your tastes. Mezzaluna Lounge is wonderful, hip and cozy.
Velocity Coffee Bar – Velocity PT is a cool coffee bar serving the absolute finest coffee in Port Townsend located within The Northwest Maritime Center – along the waterfront. Great teas, as well as espresso – check them out on Facebook.
Pacific Northwest Tea Shops and Teahouses
East-West Bookshop “Tea Garden” – www.eastwestbookshop.com Seattle’s best-loved “mind body spirit” independent book shop offers multiple classes, special events and delicious, supreme quality teas within their in-store “Tea Garden”.
Floating Leaves – www.floatingleaves.com Seattle-based tea importer and retailer with a passion for Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese tea, teaware, and tea culture. Floating Leaves serves and carries a small selection of artisan teas – their authentic teas are seasonal, unblended, and mostly single-estate. Located in Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
Teahouse Kuan Yin – www.teahousekuanyin.com An excellent teahouse to explore the world of tea, fine quality loose teas, teawares and organic herbals with light bites and desserts in Wallingford neighborhood, Seattle, Washington.
Tao of Tea – www.taooftea.com Pure Leaf Tea purveyors, Portland, Oregon. Tea purists seek only the clean, clear and pure flavor of the leaf. This is because the unadulterated leaf has the capacity to provide an experience which has inspired many artists, musicians, philosophers and monks. The Tao of Tea is based on this premise and offers great quality leaf that is fresh, flavorful and full of soul. Experiencing tea in the Tao of Tea teahouses is a medium to connect cultures as well as a treasured artform. When practiced with your heart, it has the power to transform the mundane into a blessing.
Pacifc Northwest Herb Stores
Dandelion Botanicals – www.dandelionbotanical.com A family owned herbal apothecary specializing in quality botanicals. Dandelion makes a special point of buying from organic and ethically wildcrafted sources when available and providing great herbal resources. The products they offer are those that reflect the highest standards. Located in the Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, Washington.
The Herbalist – www.theherbalist.com A bright and professional herb store specializing in a full line of herbal products, organic and wild harvested herbs with excellent herbal resources. For thirty years later, a hub for the best in herbal and dietary supplements, and for those who seek optimal health with the use of nature’s best. Customers love their knowledgeable staff, high quality and effective herbal products and organic smoothies. Located in the Ravenna neighborhood, Seattle, Washington.
Great Resources for Gem Stones, Gem Essences and Flower Essences
Moonrise Crystals – www.moonrisecrystals.com Ethically sourced “earth to pocket” gemstones for bringing balance, luck, love, freedom, truth, joy and inspiration into our lives with earths healing energy.
Flower Essences Services www.fesflowers.com The FES Quintessentials flower essences are liquid potentized extracts derived from flowers grown in the Biodynamic gardens at Terra Flora, or pristine wildflower habitats. Created in “Nature’s laboratory” through a careful orchestration of the four elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, FES essences combine the fifth quintessential element of the sensitive attunement and awareness of the preparer to produce remedies which serve to nourish the human soul. FES Quintessentials were developed to meet the needs of modern consciousness, adding to those identified by Dr. Edward Bach, the Bach Flower Remedies, in the 1930’s.
Alaskan Essences – www.alaskanessences.com Offering flower essences, gem elixirs and environmental essences, Alaskan Flower Essences is the only essence company in the world that has designed a system of vibrational healing based on the co-creative relationship that exists between the plant, mineral, and elemental kingdoms.
Excellent Everyday Teawares
Beehouse – www.beehouseteapot.com Wonderful functional teapots in all shapes, sizes and color with strainers designed into the teapot, tea mugs, canisters and more.
For Life – www.forlifedesign.com Design philosophy of For Life is simplicity with function and – product for life. For Life products must have good meaning and good use for our everyday living. A design task at For Life is to create something that will last for a long time, and something that will stay beautiful and fresh for a lifetime. And, that is precisely where our name comes from: FORLIFE – products for life.
Herbal Reference Guides and Books
- The New Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, Element Books ltd., 1991.
- The Herb User’s Handbook: User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism, David Hoffman, Healing Arts Press, 1998
- Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy, Simon Mills – Kerry Bone, Churchill Livingstone, 1999
- Botanical Influences on Illness, Melvyn Werbach – Michael T. Murray, 3d Line Press, 2nd Edition, 2000
- Herb Medicine from the Heart of the Earth, Sharol Tilgner, ND, Wise Acres, 1999
- The New Healing Herbs: The Essential Guide to more than 125 of Nature’s Most Potent
- Herbal Remedies, Michael Castleman, 3rd Edition, Rodale Books, 2010
- Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. David Hoffman, Element Books Ltd, 1999
- The Natural Pharmacist: Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Bible: From A-Z, Know the Dangers and Benefits of Combining Drugs, Herbs and Vitamins. Bratman, S. Crown Publishing Group. 2001.
- The New Age Herbalist. Mabey, R. & M. McIntyre. Collier Books. 1988.
Planetary Herbology,. Michael Tierra, M. Lotus Press, 1998.
- Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods and Home Remedies since 1939, Kloss, Jethro, Lotus Press, WI, 12th ed. 1999.
- Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible, Mindell, R. Ph., Ph.D, Fireside, New York, second ed. 2000.
- The Way of Herbs, Tierra, Michael, L.Ac., OMD, Pocket Books, New York, 4th ed. 1998.
- The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Everything you need to know about Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments, Tillotson, Alan Keith Ph.D., AHG, D.Ay., with Tillotson, Nai-shing Hu, OMD, L.Ac, and Abel, Robert Jr., MD, Kensington Publishing Group, New York, 2001.
- Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90, Weed, Susun S., Ash Tree Publishing, Woodstock, NY, 1992