Hi! I’m Mel

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I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Environmental Educator, Wilderness Therapist, Backpacking Guide, founder of herbal products company, Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods, host of The Herbalist’s Path Podcast, and the mother of a beautiful little girl and a few fur babies living and loving life up in the foothills of Mount Hood Oregon! (ya, maybe that’s a run-on sentence, but I’ve lived a lot of lives and wear a lot of hats. Don’t we all?)

Anyway, I’m 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, fun, and plant medicine for well over 20 years. 

I've studied plant medicine at The Elderberry School Of Botanical Medicine, Portland School of Traditional Western Herbalism, NUNM's Traditional Roots Institute, and countless Herb conferences and retreats. Through those programs, I have had the honor of learning about herbal medicine from some of the greatest herbalists in the world including Rosemary Gladstar, Rosita Arvigo, Paul Bergner, Cascade Anderson Geller, Larken Bunce, Jane Bothwell, Chanchal Cabrera, David Winston, Eric Yarnell, Dr. Glen Nagel, Dr. Aviva Romm, Christopher Hobbs, Scott Kloos, Julie James, Jim McDonald, 7Song, Dr. Jillian Stansbury, and many more.

I think that's one of the beautiful things about herbalism is that you can learn from so many great teachers because it's both an art and a science and the more teachers you learn from the better you evolve into your special way of using plants as medicine. 

Another thing that’s so beautiful 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. 

I'm honored to know you, and be a guide on your journey down The Herbalist Path! Together We Can Make herbalism #SpreadLikeWildflowers

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