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The land knows you, even when you are lost.
— Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass

Hello! My name is Megan and I kinda have a thing for plants. I also have a thing for learning and for teaching others , especially when it comes to plants, plant magic, plant healing, natural wellness and all other things woo-woo and magickal (crystals are a big thing for me and my house is filled with them - I like to stick them in my plants, too!).

But who am I and where did I start?

Grab some tea and sit for a spell with me……

 

My journey into plant medicine began in eight years ago when I was in nursing school and pregnant with my second child. I wanted a better birthing experience than I had with my first, which ended up in an emergency c-section. I was fortunate to be going through a BSN program in San Francisco with a strong focus on natural, non-invasive prenatal care, which is where I first learned about simple, safe plants that could be used to help heal and strengthen the uterus. I jumped in feet first and drank a ton of red raspberry leaf tea, learned about the antimicrobial effects of garlic and other basic kitchen herbs and started making my own Elderberry Syrup to keep my immune system strong and healthy. In the end, I had a successful VBAC and fell head over heels in love with my little boy — and with plant medicine!

After graduating with my BSN, I headed off to work as a new grad nurse in Las Vegas - where I discovered that I was pregnant again 6 months postpartum. I once again turned to plant medicine to heal my body and prepare for a third birth. And once again, the plants didn’t let me down! I had a happy, healthy baby girl at home with the help of a very trusting and experienced midwife and doula. Who would have thought I would go from an emergency c-section to a hospital VBAC and then have a home-birth a year later? Definitely not me! I thank the plants every day for helping me through those two pregnancies. My love and faith for plant healing grew even more after I began making some teas, herbal remedies and body products for my friends and family. Before I knew it, I was opening a small Etsy shop and making products while continuing to work as an RN (and balancing three small kiddos as well - have I mentioned that my husband is a saint?).

It was during this period where I decided to hunker down and get serious about obtaining an official herbal education that would compliment my training and experience with traditional western medicine. My official herbalism studies started at The Herbal Academy and I’ve been expanding that foundational knowledge through various other programs and mentors over the years. I’m currently working through Evolutionary Herbalism’s Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program with the goal of becoming a clinical herbalist in the near future.

After 5 years of living in the desert, we finally made the move to Washington, where I discovered an abundance of medicinal plants that grew locally in this new place I call home. I continued working full-time while furthering my knowledge of wildcrafting by exploring our local landscape and getting to know the local plants in our area. I also started my own medicinal garden during this time and would often incorporate both the plants that I wildcrafted and the plants I personally grew into the herbal remedies and botanical skincare products for our shop. Time quickly passed, the shop continued to grow and I continued to learn everything I could. And then before I knew it, I was able to quit my full-time job in 2018 to focus on my true passion - plant healing, plant magic and natural wellness.

With over 15 years of healthcare experience under my belt (including 8 years as an EMT working the 911 system in the Bay Area), I am a firm believer that western medicine has its place in healthcare. However, I also strongly believe that folk medicine, plant healing and natural remedies also have an important role in our health and are a vital (and often missing) link to our wellness . I am also a firm believer in the natural energies and magic of life and love to sprinkle my teachings with various folklore, crystal healing and other magical musings that help strengthen your connection to the natural world as well as the spirit world. I believe the two are intimately connected and one can’t exist without the other.

I am passionate about plant medicine and am thrilled to be able share my experiences as both an herbalist and a nurse with you. I hope you join me in re-discovering your inner Wild Woman and tapping into that ancestral plant wisdom we were all born with.

Greenest Blessings

Megan Gurule

Wild Women Herbs, LLC

Herbal Moon Apothecary