Hi, I'm Mel

I am dedicated to connecting you to the power of using plants as medicine so that you can take better care of yourself, your family, and our precious planet!

Hi, I'm Mel


I am dedicated to connecting you to the power of using plants as medicine so that you can take better care of yourself, your family, and our planet!

I'm on a mission to... 

Inspire a movement 
where there's an herbalist in every home... AGAIN!

And that starts with You! 

Why I Do This

I am super passionate about teaching people just like you, to use plants as medicine in a safe and effective way and have fun while doing it!

I have been studying nature, environmental sciences, outdoor adventure, and plant medicine for well over 20 years, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you!

One of the most beautiful things about learning to use plants as medicine is there’s no such thing as boredom. The learning goes on forever and ever. There will never be a day that I’m not amazed or in awe about something a plant does in this world.  It’s so much fun, and so cool!

I truly believe that the more people that learn to use plants as medicine in our world the better chance we have of saving our beautiful planet and if you haven't noticed that's something we need to do really really soon.

Mel Mutterspaugh making medicine in her workshop

"Herbalism Is Both An Art

And A Science"

I'd Love to Connect with You!

Tin of Hibiscus Herbal tea from Mountain Mel's Essential Goods online store


I am the founder of Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods, products that people feel good about putting on their bodies.

So, if you love herbal teas, and natural body care, you'll want to check out Mountain Mel's!

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Along with interviews with fellow herbalists, I offer short lessons on how you can start taking charge of your health and your family’s health by using plants as medicine in your own home.

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If you're ready to start diving into the empowering world of using plants and herbs as medicine, check out my online programs.

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Mel Mutterspaugh with a selection of herbal remedies and teas available at Mountain Mel's Essential Goods

Fun Facts About Me 


I was born in Germany and lived all over the U.S. before setting my sights on the Pacific Northwest, and I've set my roots on Mt Hood for the last 14 years.


I spent years as a backpacking guide and wilderness therapist. That means I was being paid to live out of a backpack for 8 days a week. Yup, no showers either. My hair was Funkay!

This is actually where my herbal products business, and my intense passion for studying herbalism began.


My herbal products are now sold in one of the US's largest outdoor goods retail store, and in natural health food stores across the country. 


When I was 16, I rebuilt the engine of my 1971 VW Super Beetle all by my stubborn self. 


When I was 20, I rebuilt a 1978 VW Westfalia from the ground up. Then, I spent 6 months driving it across the country waaaay before there was a # for Van life. 


Hear From Past Students

Eliminated one medication, and significantly reduced a second medication I was prescribed, lost 12 pounds, and counting. Basically, eliminated a couple of my trigger foods, generally sleeping better, less joint stiffness and pain, and generally feeling better. It was a bit scary and overwhelming in the beginning, but Mel did a great job leading our journey and answering our many questions.


This class will open your eyes to the simple and practical steps you can take to heal your gut naturally using herbs. Many of these herbs are growing in your yard. It motivated me to try, eat, and plant new herbs in my garden, and to plant a whole raised bed of edible flowers for tea-making. Mel is great at teaching and answering questions. I also had many good tips from my fellow classmates. It was well worth the time!!!

Ann Vander Stoep

"Mel helps you see how diving into the world of herbalism can enhance your life and help the planet. I have taken countless classes from this amazing human. She is a wealth of knowledge and has a charm and approachability that makes learning from her easy and fun."

Jessica B

“I’m glad we have lifetime access to the content as I’ll just have to squeeze in lessons here and there until I am done with this term of my school in Dec. I will access the content as I have time and am so glad I signed up!! Thanks for being awesome and sharing all your knowledge!!

Kat Z
Mel Mutterspaugh, founder of The Herbalist's Path and Mountain Mel's Essential Goods

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