photo by Demetria Provatas

photo by Demetria Provatas

F I R E W E E D  &  N E T T L E

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved plant spirits, and known them to be medicine. Many of my oldest friends are plants. 

Growing up in woods, fields, & lake shores of boreal Finland, my relationship with the Earth has always been animistic, informed by the deep knowing of my ancestors that nature is not an "other", but in fact we are nature.

I named my small herbal business “Fireweed & Nettle” after two of my favorite sub-arctic plant allies. To me, they are like two sisters embodying the feminine energies, resilience, nourishment, joy of summer abundance & kitchen magic.

Growing up in a bio-region that one of my ancestral lines has inhabited for countless generations, and learning our old, land-based knowledge from family, relatives and elders from a young age, has imprinted my medicine practice deeply. Though I now live in the Pacific Northwest Coast of the US, I continue to relate to plants in the same way I always did: listening to what they ask of me.

It's been a long, winding, and sometimes solitary journey, but little by little, that practice of creating medicine for friends and family has grown into a small business, focused on local and seasonal ingredients that I grow, gather and tend. It has been an organic process, one that continues to surprise and, at times, baffle me.

The medicines  I make and share, are the very same things I take for my own physical and emotional health, and the things I give to my friends, family & loved ones. They are small batch, sustainable, seasonal slow-as-molasses (or local honey) medicine, and by default deeply intentional. 

Fireweed & Nettle is a hand-crafted, small batch apothecary, based on the practices of ancestral folk herbalism, old ways, resilience, self-care, offering and reciprocity, plant-lore, magic, wild medicine, restorative organic gardening, and the medicine of place and spirit. 

It is my mission not to use plants in extractive ways so I don't use rare plants (check the United Plant Savers list), find local and ancestral equivalents to exotic "herbs of the moment", and I only rarely work with plants with whom I didn't personally interact with in the harvest and growing process (these come from trusted sources). I also have an ongoing process of learning how to work with indigenous plants on unceded Indigenous Land in a way that is in integrity. These practices include, but are not limited to cultivating these plants, working with land conservation, and being in service to the land and her people when I can and elevating their voices. It's a learning curve.  

For most of my formulations, I use local, seasonal plants, either sustainably wildcrafted, or grown by me, as well as some high quality, organic and sustainable ingredients from good sources. I aspire to make medicine that is healing, not just on the physical, constituents-based level, but on an emotional, ancestral, spiritual, mythological, magical level.  These medicines are made with the seasons, the Moons, instincts, dream instructions, and ritual practices, in sustainable small batches with high quality menstruums and ingredients. Once they sell out they may never appear in the same exact form again.It is my hope that these medicines will inspire to create your own practices, plant connections, and magic. It may not be a sustainable business model, but it is my hope that through my work I can facilitate the kinds of connections between folk and land that help us decolonize our medicine, build new paradigms, and become more land-based. So like, no big deal, right?

While medicine is the message, one way to speak my truth and do as I'm told by Ancestors, Plants, Places, and other Spirits, it is not my calling to "sell" "products". It is simply one facet of telling my story and joining it into the stories of others. When you buy from my shoppe, you support organizations big and small. From each update, I donate 10-20% of profits to causes that align with my work and vision for healing beyond medicine bottles. (Our most recent donations went to For The Wild & United Plant Savers as well as private donations to individuals and groups that do work in alignment with our values.)

In this shop you will also find my writings on witchcraft, ancestral skills, plant medicine, magic, activism, decolonizing ourselves & countless other topics. However, since money is not the only objective of my work (although I do need it to keep my body sheltered, fed, clothed and generally existing), like most of my fellow folk herbalists and plantfolk I do offer a lot of F R E E  resources as well.

Sign up for my newsletter on the bottom of this page, you can follow me on facebook, instagram, or my blog, and check out my reads section for some of those resources. If you're interested in supporting my writing and learning more about my ancestral medicine & witchcraft practices, check out "Be Your Own Witch", my on-going, affordable online zines.

I hope that you enjoy sharing my medicine. Thanks for supporting local witches!