A Mom's Herbal Journey: Transforming Her Family's Health

A picture of Sarah Sarbacker and a photo of a family holding their kids watching the sunset
Join us on a remarkable journey with Sarah, an Apothecary Momma student, as she transforms her family's approach to health through herbal medicine. From skeptical teenagers embracing herbal remedies to her own tincture-making adventures, Sarah's story is truly inspiring. Discover how she found confidence in herbal wisdom, empowered herself with knowledge, and shared it with her loved ones. Dive into her captivating journey and be inspired to embark on your own herbal path. 


Meet Sarah, a 43-year-old single mother hailing from the heartland of Wisconsin. Born and raised on a farm, she's got that deep connection to the land and a profound appreciation for nature's rhythms. But her true superpower lies in being an awesome mom to her 18-year-old and 14-year-old kids, all while making remarkable strides in the world of herbal medicine.

Now, Sarah's journey into the world of herbs and natural remedies wasn't always a clear path. She used to follow traditional Western medicine without question. But then life threw her a curveball when her family's well water got contaminated by those pesky chemicals during her pregnancy and her children's early years. That's when the light bulb went off, and Sarah realized the potential impact on her family's health.

Enter Sarah's father, a former dairy farmer turned herbal medicine enthusiast. He shared his wisdom of natural remedies with Sarah and even recommended elderberry syrup when she battled pneumonia. She was skeptical at first, but oh boy, was she in for a surprise! The effectiveness of the remedy ignited her curiosity and passion for herbalism.

Driven by her love for her agricultural roots and her desire to do something amazing for her family, Sarah immersed herself in the study of herbs and plants. She longed to reconnect with nature and infuse her family's lives with the power of growth and regeneration. Drawing on her farming background, she began exploring how plants could enhance her family's health and well-being.

Her interest in herbal medicine was also fueled by her desire to save some cash and reduce reliance on prescribed pills. Sarah wanted to empower herself with knowledge and skills to support her family's health in a natural and holistic way.


That's when she stumbled upon Mel and the Apothecary Momma community. Talk about serendipity!


At first, Sarah was a bit skeptical about online information. But there was something about Mel's teachings that drew her in. She discovered a sense of trust and authority in Mel's knowledge and was captivated by her discussions on using herbs for various ailments. One discussion, in particular, resonated with Sarah—the truth about the herb comfrey and the debunking of common misconceptions.

Mel didn't shy away from tackling the comfrey topic head-on. She addressed the concerns about potential toxins and their impact on people with liver issues. But she made it clear that comfrey itself wasn't inherently dangerous, contrary to what some fear-mongering sources on the internet might suggest. Mel encouraged further research and critical thinking instead of relying solely on TikTok for health advice.

Sarah found herself completely aligned with Mel's take on the confusing world of online information. Drawing from her personal journey, Sarah emphasized how learning from Mel's course helped her separate the herbal wheat from the chaff and understand how different herbs interacted with the body's systems. This knowledge was a game-changer for Sarah and her family, as she became skilled at identifying the affected body system and selecting the right herbs for relief.


Sarah also faced the challenge of introducing her family to the unfamiliar flavors of herbal remedies.


But guess what? After less than a year, her daughter started requesting the remedies she had previously made because they actually worked. Sarah fondly recounted the incident involving what she affectionately called "fart tea," proving that her herbal journey was as fun as it was educational.

Mel's teaching methods had a profound impact on Sarah and her family. Sarah never thought her family would enjoy herbal tea, associating it with the bitter flavors of green or black tea. But thanks to Mel's course, Sarah and her daughter discovered the wonders of herbal teas and became regular sippers, using them as natural remedies for things like sore throats.

Sarah not only found joy in learning but also in sharing her newfound knowledge with her daughter. It became an opportunity for them to bond outdoors, exploring different plants and their medicinal uses. This educational journey became a powerful tool for connecting with her teenage daughter and breaking free from the distractions of technology.

Even Sarah's 18-year-old son caught on to the herbal knowledge train. Instead of rushing to the pharmacy for ear drops, he started requesting his mom's homemade garlic and mullein ear drops. Talk about a shift in the family's health mindset! It was incredibly rewarding for Sarah to see her family embrace a more natural approach to their well-being.

Sarah's herbal wisdom even extended to mental health issues. When a friend's husband struggled with intense anxiety, Sarah recommended a calming brew of lemon balm and passionflower, adapted from her own anxiety regimen. The results were remarkable, surpassing the effectiveness of traditional pharmaceutical treatments.


Sarah's ability to offer effective herbal advice has been truly transformative, providing relief and promoting healthier lives for those around her. She's become a beacon of herbal knowledge, guiding loved ones and skeptics toward finding relief through herbal remedies. She's like a superhero with a mortar and pestle!


Personally, I've had the honor of witnessing Sarah's incredible journey, from a curious beginner to a skilled tincture maker. It all began with those viral TikToks that caught her attention. Who knew pouring vodka over herbs could be so fascinating? Sarah's curiosity led her to my Medicine Makin' Mommas course, where she truly mastered the art and science of tincture making.

Sarah's first attempt at making an ashwagandha tincture resulted in a light-colored mixture with a mild taste. But with increased understanding and a more scientific approach, she honed her skills and created a second ashwagandha tincture that was top-notch. It had a darker hue and a taste that captured the true essence of the herb. Sarah was all about quality and getting the maximum benefits from her herbal medicines.

We also had a lively discussion about the delicate balance between the art and science of herbalism. It's a topic that can spark some heated debates. As a clinical herbalist, I emphasized the importance of scientific measurements in my practice. But I also recognized the value of infusing moments of creativity and playfulness, creating a beautiful fusion of methodologies that cater to personal and professional needs.


So, why should you consider joining Apothecary Momma, you ask?


Sarah believes, it's not just a course—it's a journey. You'll gain accurate and reliable information, be part of a fun and engaging learning environment, and become part of a supportive community like no other. It's about connecting with fellow mommas from different walks of life, sharing unique experiences, and supporting each other on our individual herbal journeys.

In conclusion, I am truly inspired by Sarah's perspective and her remarkable journey. Being part of our community has brought immense joy to my heart. In a world filled with negativity and division, finding a space where we all share a deep passion for herbalism is a breath of fresh air. We celebrate the wonders of herbs, embrace the joys and challenges of parenting, and nurture a supportive environment that shields us from the toxic aspects of today's climate.

Sarah, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for being such an integral part of our community. Your dedication and efforts have not only transformed your own life but have also enriched the lives of your children with the magic of herbalism. You're a true inspiration, and I am honored to have supported you on your incredible journey. I can't wait to see herbalism continue to flourish, fueled by your passion and commitment.


If Sarah's story resonates with you and you're ready to embark on your own herbal adventure, click here to join us at Apothecary Momma! We can't wait to welcome you with open arms into our vibrant community, where we learn, connect, and grow together.
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 *Always remember to contact your healthcare provider when considering the use of botanical medicine as a possible treatment option and the medical considerations. While the information in this article is absolutely relevant, herbs work differently for each person and each condition.
 **I am a trained herbalist and not a licensed or registered healthcare practitioner. I cannot diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines legally; I am not a medical doctor. However, I will recommend or suggest medicinal herbs for various health complaints, as I do believe in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.
 ***The information I’ve provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.

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