The mission of Sacred Circle Herbal Apothecary is to provide sustainable, ecological, and socially responsibly herbal medicine. Our goal is to demonstrate, educate, and embody safe and holistically grown botanical medicines, and to make that accessible to our surrounding communities. Through an integrated and systems thinking approach, we strive to provide products that are grown straight from the source, and to be an educational resource on botanical and preventative medicine. We see our products as a vehicle for connectivity with plant medicine and preventative health care practices, and most importantly to serve as a physical reminder to practice more nourishing forms of health care.
My Journey with Botanical Medicine
The path of healing always presents itself as a journey. For me, I discovered botanical medicine through understanding the deep nuances of the many stories hidden within the ecological landscape. This path particularly unfolded in the idea of restoration through a systems thinking approach - by tending to the spaces that were once bereft and in need of stark transition into thriving and biodiverse environments. This process and embodiment of restorative action soon consumed my being, and motivated me to explore the restorative philosophy through many different avenues.
My first introduction into botanical medicine was through the wisdom of my grandparents in Pennsylvania, where we grew our own medicine, and prepared traditional botanical recipes passed down from generation to generation. My childhood experiences of working with plant medicine, and curing our family’s ailments cultivated my affinity for the relationship of the local ecology, botany, and ethnobotanical practices.
This led to further research of regenerative design theory and restorative ecology, as well as ethnographic and ethnobotanical research during my undergraduate education. Working with the Gullah/Geechee, a local Indigenous group whose cultural epicenter is located on St. Helena’s Island, South Carolina, provided a more in depth perspective on subsistence livelihood and traditional ecological knowledge. This intimate exploration of ancient ethnobotanical medicine, led by the elders of the Gullah/Geechee community, was an incredibly impactful experience, and further honed my knowledge and usage of medicinals in the low country. While performing intensive research with the Gullah/Geechee community, I was simultaneously farming throughout the low country, practicing and observing the farming techniques of the community. This soon provoked traveling to India, Greece, and places throughout the United States to study resource management and sustainable practices. Upon graduating at the College of Charleston with a degree in Political Science, Environmental Science, and a concentration in Indigenous Studies in 2014, I decided to implement my previous knowledge and experiences to use by founding and managing the Department of Restorative Agriculture at the College.
Business Practices & Objectives
Now as a practicing herbalist and certified Permaculturalist, these restorative design methodologies are implemented into the Sacred Circle Herbal Apothecary production. Continuing educational experiences are prioritized to stay scientifically current with formulating our products and educational seminars of the company, such as attending the Medicines from the Earth Conference, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, and many of the clinical botanical medicine seminars held by the American Herbalist Guild.
Performing over 300 hours of lectures and educational seminars, my deepest desire is to use education as a vehicle for empowerment and accessibility to botanical medicine and preventative healthcare practices. As a business owner who seeks to create more transparency in a world that can be quite obtuse, 70% of our ingredients are grown on site, with the remaining organic ingredients being sourced from the community and other environmentally responsible companies. Please see our Restorative Philosophy tab on our product life cycle analysis, and social responsible sourcing guide for more information on our production process!